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Gretsch (again)

Postby BJG145 » Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:49 pm

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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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby zenguitar » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:10 pm

Malcolm Young.

wouldn't call him rockabilly would they.

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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby BJG145 » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:20 pm

Wait...Gretsch Jet Firebird...

Good to know! Thanks! :thumbup:
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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby MOF » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:22 pm

The Beatles, principally George Harrison was a lifelong Gretsch devotee. https://www.gretsch.com/2019/02/how-the ... d-gretsch/
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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby Alba » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:20 pm

Jupiter Thunderbird ?
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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby BJG145 » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:38 pm

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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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby ore_terra » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:48 pm

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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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby Hewesy » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:32 pm

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

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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby Watchmaker » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:55 pm

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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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby Kwackman » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:03 pm

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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Postby John Egan » Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:12 pm

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.
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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby ore_terra » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:19 am

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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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:36 am

Oooh a Duo Jet would be nice!
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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby SecretSam » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:31 am

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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Re: Gretsch (again)

Postby BigRedX » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:54 am

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.
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