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Feb 21st, 2014 08:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi folks....I used to own a couple of Gretsch guitars back in the mid 60s. I had a Gent and a Tennessean. Lately I've been thinking more and more about going to check some of the new ones out, and I'm afraid to say I don't know much about them....as in, how is their quality nowadays, and do they stack up to the old ones, etc? I did play a Country Gent from about 3 years ago at a shop and thought it sounded dead on to the one I had in the Sixties, but I remember thinking it felt "stiff" for want of a better word, compared to what I remembered mine feeling like.

I also wondered if anyone knew whether the Hi Lo Tron pickups in the TRose HT would fit in the green Country Club model, as I love it's looks, but really like the sound of the Hi Lo Trons, believe it or not!

Thanks much

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Feb 22nd, 2014 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have heard that QC on the current models made in Japan highly exceeds the guitars made here in the US back in the 60's. I have been playing my newish 6120 a lot recently and it is flawless.

Straight neck, sounds awesome. Mine has the TV Jones Filtertrons. Normally I have no problems with it but the guitar does go out of tune fairly easy if your start pounding hard on it, but that's inherent to the design, as you probably already know.

(This message was last edited by urby at 02:29 PM, Feb 22nd, 2014)


Fredericksbu, Va USA

John F.
Feb 25th, 2014 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, the current FMIC era guitars are excellent. The quality of them has been consistently good, if not getting better!

I have a MIK Electromatic, which has been practically flawless (it is from '04 and is a bit of a transition piece). It has a switch go a little wonky , but a little electrical contact cleaner and more regular use has cured that.

I also have an '07 ProLine MIJ 6129 Sparkle Jet that is one of the finest guitars I've ever had the pleasure to play. It's been spectacular from day one.

(This message was last edited by Axis40 at 09:31 AM, Oct 16th, 2014)



Mar 1st, 2014 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

QC is exceptional these days for most brands.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 09:24 PM, Mar 1st, 2014)

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Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Oct 8th, 2014 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

The China Gretsch's aren't too far behind in QC. I have a '12 model bought in '13, and while I've had lots of little tune up issues that are now solved, it was more design than lack of attention. The paint is flawless, the construction seems first rate.

I got a lot of guitar for a fair price and continue to marvel at how I can like a guitar that is so un-me.

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"bonafide henchman"
Oct 10th, 2014 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

The quality and playability of my 2001 6122-JR (MIJ) is fantastic. I think some of the old US-made Gretsches had some durability issues due to incompatibility of materials used. I've seen a lot of older ones with rotted out binding, which probably resulted from glue solvents eating into the binding plastic over time.

The folks at TV Jones could probably provide a definitive answer to your pup question. They offer a variety of mounts on their pups. I'm happy with the stock Filtertrons in mine, but their replacement pups are highly regarded.

One thing that I would highly recommend is replacing the stock bridge with a Tru-Arc, especially if the guitar you wind up with is equipped with a TOM-type bridge. I replaced the stock, TOM-type on my 6122-JR with an aluminum Tru-Arc and noticed an appreciable improvement in tone and playability. These bridges are available in several different metals, each with their own, subtle tonal characteristics. They are a little spendy, but well worth the cost IMHO.

Tim Harman, who developed these bridges, is a great guy and a player himself. His operation is small which partly explains why the economy of scale hasn't brought his prices down as it might have with a larger company.

Also, lubing your nut periodically with "Nut Sauce" or some other, appropriate lubricant will go a long way towards resolving any tuning issues attributable to the Bigsby.


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"bonafide henchman"
Oct 10th, 2014 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

More Tru-Arc...


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"bonafide henchman"
Oct 10th, 2014 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Other guys around here use other substances/products for this purpose, so maybe they'll chime in with their alternative suggestions.

FDP sponsors MF and Sweetwater both carry Nut Sauce.

Big Bends Nut Sauce...


(This message was last edited by Taildragger at 12:13 PM, Oct 10th, 2014)

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