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I want to try one. It seems very interesting, provided I like the neck. I had to sell a lovely Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet because the neck was too thin...
 

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I want to try one. It seems very interesting, provided I like the neck. I had to sell a lovely Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet because the neck was too thin...
I had to sell SIX pro line Gretsches because the necks were too thin, and vowed I'd never buy another Gretsch until they beef up the necks, which is never going to happen. I wrote Joe Carducci, their marketing rep, a letter asking for one Jet with a fatter neck, and his curt reply was, "No, we can't." F him. I finally came to the conclusion that I dislike Gretsch guitars.
 

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I had to sell SIX pro line Gretsches because the necks were too thin, and vowed I'd never buy another Gretsch until they beef up the necks, which is never going to happen. I wrote Joe Carducci, their marketing rep, a letter asking for one Jet with a fatter neck, and his curt reply was, "No, we can't." F him. I finally came to the conclusion that I dislike Gretsch guitars.
That’s too bad. I have also pretty much given up on the Pro line, because of the lack of a chunky neck.

I do have a blue G5420T that I’ve modded extensively and it has a neck that is just chunky enough to do the job. I tried a few and this one might be just a fraction thicker than the others I tried, but it works. I put a “Gretsch” B6 Bigsby with string through bar and 360 Callaham bracket for the arm (it has no stopper like the regular Bigsby). TV Jones Classics with a TV Jones wiring harness, a bone nut, a Tru Arc Serpentune Aluminum bridge and Sperzel locking tuners. I also scraped the fretboard applied some India ink and oil, so it’s darker. It took some work, but I love it now.

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If a daddy Gretsch Country Gentleman and a mommy Gibson Les Paul had a baby...
Hey, waitaminute. How'dja know the Gretsch was the daddy and the LP was the mommy? Leads to numerous questions:

How the hell do you sex a guitar?
The LP is a lot more solid than the Country Gent, heavier for it's size, etc. Isn't that often indicative of male-ness?
The Gent is in fact hollow, like a chalice? Doesn't that mean something? You could probably jam an LP into the Gretsch but never the other way around. I mean, neither would be pretty but one is at least physically possible. Kinda.
And don't get me going on the possibility of mis-spelling 'Country' and the rudeness that could entail. Although the Gent part certainly does lead to a male identity, I admit. But doesn't Les as well? Or Paul? Or both?
Last but not least, is there any Japanese porn available on this unique bonding? One of them is Japanese. "This Might Get Weird"? They kinda run the gamut over there - this would fit right in.
 

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Sad to hear that. I can't get a grip on fat necks. Also find it with slim necks if the shape of the profile is off for my hand. The closer a neck is to a Fender Soft V, the better for me.

I had to sell SIX pro line Gretsches because the necks were too thin, and vowed I'd never buy another Gretsch until they beef up the necks, which is never going to happen. I wrote Joe Carducci, their marketing rep, a letter asking for one Jet with a fatter neck, and his curt reply was, "No, we can't." F him. I finally came to the conclusion that I dislike Gretsch guitars.
 
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That’s too bad. I have also pretty much given up on the Pro line, because of the lack of a chunky neck.

I do have a blue G5420T that I’ve modded extensively and it has a neck that is just chunky enough to do the job. I tried a few and this one might be just a fraction thicker than the others I tried, but it works. I put a “Gretsch” B6 Bigsby with string through bar and 360 Callaham bracket for the arm (it has no stopper like the regular Bigsby). TV Jones Classics with a TV Jones wiring harness, a bone nut, a Tru Arc Serpentune Aluminum bridge and Sperzel locking tuners. I also scraped the fretboard applied some India ink and oil, so it’s darker. It took some work, but I love it now.

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I really like the way those blue Electromatics look and would love to have one, but I've sworn off all Gretsch guitars for a multitude of reasons. As mentioned, the necks are too skinny. I tried an E'matic like yours and felt the neck was just thin enough that it was uncomfortable. A shame, really. I love metallic blue. Second, I'm 5' 5," and a Gretsch looks outlandishly large on me. I've seen photos of me sporting a big body Gretsch and didn't like what I saw.

Third, you've sunk a great deal of money and time into modding your guitar. In the end, if you ever try to sell it, it's still going to be a $500 used guitar, despite all the upgrades. You're never going to recoup your investment. Pardon me for saying this, but I hope you intend to keep it, because if you don't, you're going to lose your rear end on it. I just don't see the point of sinking $500-700 in mods to a mid-line guitar like that, but that's your choice and none of my business. I'd rather buy a pro line Gretsch, but I can't play them, so I'm screwed either way. I also owned two Electromatic Gretsch Jets, and both were dogs that needed work; work I was unwilling to do.

Finally, after the way I was treated by Joe Cardouchebag, I'd never play a Gretsch again. It's no loss; I'm very happy with the guitars I own and won't miss having a Gretsch. I was an active member on gretsch-talk.com, the Gretsch forum, and I left there due to lack of interest. There was nothing more for me to say or hear. I'm simply not interested in discussing the merits of Compton bridges, sorry to say. ;) I keep in touch with the few friends I made on that forum, so that's a good thing.

In all honesty, as a drummer, I never liked Gretsch drums either, so there's that also. Gretsch instruments just do nothing for me at all, so it's all of the above and personal taste, ultimately.
 

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I really like the way those blue Electromatics look and would love to have one, but I've sworn off all Gretsch guitars for a multitude of reasons. As mentioned, the necks are too skinny. I tried an E'matic like yours and felt the neck was just thin enough that it was uncomfortable. A shame, really. I love metallic blue. Second, I'm 5' 5," and a Gretsch looks outlandishly large on me. I've seen photos of me sporting a big body Gretsch and didn't like what I saw.

Third, you've sunk a great deal of money and time into modding your guitar. In the end, if you ever try to sell it, it's still going to be a $500 used guitar, despite all the upgrades. You're never going to recoup your investment. Pardon me for saying this, but I hope you intend to keep it, because if you don't, you're going to lose your rear end on it. I just don't see the point of sinking $500-700 in mods to a mid-line guitar like that, but that's your choice and none of my business. I'd rather buy a pro line Gretsch, but I can't play them, so I'm screwed either way. I also owned two Electromatic Gretsch Jets, and both were dogs that needed work; work I was unwilling to do.

Finally, after the way I was treated by Joe Cardouchebag, I'd never play a Gretsch again. It's no loss; I'm very happy with the guitars I own and won't miss having a Gretsch. I was an active member on gretsch-talk.com, the Gretsch forum, and I left there due to lack of interest. There was nothing more for me to say or hear. I'm simply not interested in discussing the merits of Compton bridges, sorry to say. ;) I keep in touch with the few friends I made on that forum, so that's a good thing.

In all honesty, as a drummer, I never liked Gretsch drums either, so there's that also. Gretsch instruments just do nothing for me at all, so it's all of the above and personal taste, ultimately.
You sound vaguely like steadfastly. Who cares how much people spend on their gear. If it suits them and brings them pleasure that's the whole point ain't it?

That’s too bad. I have also pretty much given up on the Pro line, because of the lack of a chunky neck.

I do have a blue G5420T that I’ve modded extensively and it has a neck that is just chunky enough to do the job. I tried a few and this one might be just a fraction thicker than the others I tried, but it works. I put a “Gretsch” B6 Bigsby with string through bar and 360 Callaham bracket for the arm (it has no stopper like the regular Bigsby). TV Jones Classics with a TV Jones wiring harness, a bone nut, a Tru Arc Serpentune Aluminum bridge and Sperzel locking tuners. I also scraped the fretboard applied some India ink and oil, so it’s darker. It took some work, but I love it now.

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On a more important note, excellent amp choice, just got a royalist 15 and it blew me away :)
 
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@DrumBob all fair points. I’m not overly concerned about selling or not selling the guitar, because I have no plans to do so. I did the mods because I like that particular guitar quite a bit and liked the feel of the neck more than the Pro necks I have tried, which is why I decided to upgrade the parts on it. If I want to sell, I could always put the old hardware back on and sell the upgrades separately, or I’d just have to take the hit. But I don’t plan on selling it, anyway :)

@Chitmo yeah, the Royalist is a killer amp :) I am really enjoying it. Congrats on getting yours!
 

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You sound vaguely like steadfastly. Who cares how much people spend on their gear. If it suits them and brings them pleasure that's the whole point ain't it?
I clearly said it was ultimately none of my business what people do. It's just that I have seen quite a few people upgrade their midline guitars, then lose a lot of money when they decide to sell them. A $400 Epiphone is still a $400 Epiphone in the end, for instance.
 

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@DrumBob all fair points. I’m not overly concerned about selling or not selling the guitar, because I have no plans to do so. I did the mods because I like that particular guitar quite a bit and liked the feel of the neck more than the Pro necks I have tried, which is why I decided to upgrade the parts on it. If I want to sell, I could always put the old hardware back on and sell the upgrades separately, or I’d just have to take the hit. But I don’t plan on selling it, anyway :)
I hope you get many good years of playing with it. It's good you can revert back to the original parts at some point. :)
 
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