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Aug 11th, 2016 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in the process of acquiring a G6129T-1957 Silver Jet.

The silver jet was owned by a collector who bought it new, but never played it, before recently selling it to the OKC Guitar Center. It has a certificate of authenticity from Gretsch and is in mint condition. I put some money down and will buy the Silver Jet once I can bring in my gold top Pro Jet to trade in (which hopefully will be tonight).

Silver Jet

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Aug 11th, 2016 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, baby!

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Aug 11th, 2016 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gravestone markers? Creepy!

The stock bridge (called the "space control" bridge) is designed to work best with a wound G string. If you prefer a plain G and a lighter gauge set, it will intonate better with a TOM-type roller bridge on there. It's a totally personal preference. It's called "space control" because you can control the spaces between the strings. There's no facility, however, to adjust for intonation, other than slipping the bridge foot on the body.

Those DeArmond pickups are fantastic. You can get close to Strat and Tele tones, as well as P90-like growl. But they do have a sound all their own.

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Aug 11th, 2016 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm going to use 10-46 gauge Ernie Ball strings on the Silver Jet. I hope the bridge won't give me any issues.

Note - This guitar comes from Gretsch with 10-46 gauge strings. The used one I'm buying still had the original strings on it.

Rockabilly heaven here I come!!! (:oD

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Aug 11th, 2016 07:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah baby. That WILL get you there!

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Aug 12th, 2016 06:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is a really nice guitar. I played one a few years ago at EM Shorts (or similar model). Lighter than a LP, effortless playing with 10's and I usually use 9's.


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A Man of Constant Sorrow
Aug 12th, 2016 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hated to trade my Pro Jet in on the Silver Jet, but that's the agreement I made with my wife. That Chinese made Pro Jet was a really nice guitar for $500.

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Aug 15th, 2016 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

UPDATE - I'm liking the Silver Jet, but confess that my MIC Pro Jet played easier.

Also, the Silver Jet pickups are a lot noisier than the Filter Trons in the far cheaper Pro Jet.

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Aug 15th, 2016 08:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How's the weight comparison? The MIC ProJets on Sweetwater all are 8.3 lbs (w/Bigsby)

(This message was last edited by professor at 10:42 AM, Aug 15th, 2016)

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Aug 15th, 2016 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Good choice!"

Billy

"..and keep smilin'!"

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Aug 15th, 2016 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

professor - My MIC Pro Jet actually weighed a little less than the Silver Jet.

ps - I downloaded X's "Live in Los Angeles" last week from iTunes for some Billy Zoom.

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Aug 15th, 2016 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gotta love Billy Zoom. He is always damn happy to be playing on a stage. One of my heroes!

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Aug 15th, 2016 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ +++++++

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Aug 15th, 2016 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So . . . DynaSonic pups are single coils and Filtertrons are humbuckers, thus the reason my Silver Jet is noisy when using much overdrive.

I can't imagine Billy Zoom used DynaSonic pups in his Silver Jet, consider his relatively high gain sound.

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Aug 15th, 2016 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I can't imagine Billy Zoom used DynaSonic pups in his Silver Jet, consider his relatively high gain sound."

Actually, the Dynasonics are only a problem when things are quiet and you can hear 60 Hz hum and some stray static going by.

Filtertrons and Supertrons as well as many bridge options are drop-ins. You probably don't need them.

This is a nice guitar. Live well and flourish!

rvw

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Aug 16th, 2016 05:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Billy was Dynasonics all the way, baby.

His sound was not necessarily high gain...it was high volume. Think Angus Young.

Early Zoomie

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Aug 16th, 2016 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Actually, the Dynasonics are only a problem when things are quiet and you can hear 60 Hz hum and some stray static going by."

So the trick is to never stop playing? (;oD

Peegoo - Thanks for the info about Billy's pups. I find it comforting to know the DynaSonics are good for rocking out.


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North Gnarlyington

Aug 16th, 2016 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Keep your palm on the strings and you're good!

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Sep 29th, 2016 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm REALLY liking this guitar and I'm really happy I made this purchase.

It is so nice to own a really good Gretsch guitar.

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Sep 29th, 2016 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There *is* a certain vibe with Gretsch guitars that you don't get from a Gibson or Fender.

It makes you play a bit differently, which is good!

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