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Gretsch (again)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:49 pm
by BJG145
Dear Agony Aunt

I'm in a quandary. I've always thought Gretsch guitars looked kind of cool, but whenever I read reviews of Gretsch models (like the G5410T featured in the current Guitarist) they always start talking about "Rockabilly".

My main interest in guitar is currently Blues. Everyone likes to stand out a little, and I haven't seen many, or any, other players at the local Blues jam using a Gretsch. I'm interested in picking something up, but I don't want the other musicians to laugh at me or think I'm a Rockabilly player. Can you advise?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:10 pm
by zenguitar
Malcolm Young.

wouldn't call him rockabilly would they.

Andy :beamup:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:20 pm
by BJG145
Wait...Gretsch Jet Firebird...

Good to know! Thanks! :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:22 pm
by MOF
The Beatles, principally George Harrison was a lifelong Gretsch devotee. https://www.gretsch.com/2019/02/how-the ... d-gretsch/

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:20 pm
by Alba
Jupiter Thunderbird ?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:38 pm
by BJG145
Alba wrote:Jupiter Thunderbird ?

...now, that's got cred...Billy Gibbons and Jack White.

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The shape is a little too out there for me though. But, yes, I hadn't looked at these Gretsch Jets before; I'd just been eyeing up the hollowbodies.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:48 pm
by ore_terra
I own a silver sparkle duo jet that suffers loads of rock’n’roll. Nothing that remotely smells to rockabilly :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:32 pm
by Hewesy
I find that odd too, but as a huge Billy Duffy fan it doesn't put me off. That Rat Rod is rather lovely too.

Given Gretsch have/had a Duffy and Malcolm Young signature out, plus plenty of other rock/alt players you'd think this might have died out by now.

Mind you they probably still make Skoda jokes too... :D

Hewesy

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:55 pm
by Watchmaker
Chet Atkins was hardly rockabilly and the Tennessee Rose has a depth of tone few guitars can match. I see many church bands use the venerable white falcon - I wonder how Neil Young feels about that? Personally, I'll put my power jet up against a '59 gold top any day. That thing slays.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:03 pm
by Kwackman
Apparently they (fat hollow bodied Gretsches) featured in a TV Show called "Nashville" which helped sales. I think it was a soap opera based around country music?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:12 pm
by John Egan
Kwackman wrote:Apparently they (fat hollow bodied Gretsches) featured in a TV Show called "Nashville" which helped sales. I think it was a soap opera based around country music?

The early impact of the Beatles did a lot to promote the image of both Gretsch and Rickenbacker in the UK. Eddie Cochran was a notable Gretsch user too. A lot of us hardly knew they existed in 1961, but it seemed like we were buying them in droves by 1962, as hollow bodies (we called them Semi-Acoustics) largely replaced solids.
Regards, John

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:19 am
by ore_terra
Kwackman wrote:Apparently they (fat hollow bodied Gretsches) featured in a TV Show called "Nashville" which helped sales. I think it was a soap opera based around country music?
Yes that was the genre.

They featured most major brands, really. And about gretsches, there were more duo jets than hollows.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:36 am
by ManFromGlass
Oooh a Duo Jet would be nice!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:31 am
by SecretSam
The coolest band I ever saw in my life was The Flying Padovanis. Gretch from one end to the other. Recordings are not that engaging, but live ... the human equivalent of sunglasses and a glass of pastiis.

I am gassing for a

G5420TG FSR ELECTROMATIC HOLLOW BODY - SNOW CREST WHITE

Anyway, if anyone laughs, you can always write a blues song about it. Or report them for trans-phobic hate speech.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:54 am
by BigRedX
Conversely, having been in a rockabilly/psychobilly influenced band, I found that if you want to be taken seriously in that scene your guitarist really needs to be sporting a Gretsch of some description.

My band went through 8 different guitarists in our 6 years of existence and not one of them used a Gretsch, although two did have large hollow-bodied guitars with vibrato mechanisms.