Billy Zoom's Jet Set

New Guitar coming

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I just pulled the trigger on one of these. My hands have become too arthritic for the smaller necks. I hope this does the trick. If it does, I'm going to send it to Curt for a Black lacquer job. http://www.gretschguitars.c...

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Yeah, I know they're Filtertrons, but they're TV Jones Filtertrons.

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I've wanted one of these for a long time! I think I'm touched that you are getting some tvjones filtertrons!Will you put 1meg linear pots in the guitar?

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I just pulled the trigger on one of these. My hands have become too arthritic for the smaller necks. I hope this does the trick. If it does, I'm going to send it to Curt for a Black lacquer job. http://www.gretschguitars.c...

– Billy Zoom

Ed Roman's old shop probably still has some in black that he did up some years ago, BZ.

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I've wanted one of these for a long time! I think I'm touched that you are getting some tvjones filtertrons!Will you put 1meg linear pots in the guitar?

– TheNocturneBrain

Now that TV Jones makes the Dynasonics in a Filter'tron mount, Billy can swap out those Filters for some Dynas. Or retain the Super'tron and swap the Classic Plus for a Dynasonic. I would be very curious to hear that guitar after being modified like that.

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Beautiful guitar, and the 1.75" nut width sounds great to me. My dreadnought has a 1.8" nut width and I find it easier to play with my largish hands. Post some pictures when it arrives.

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It's weird what age does to your hands. For the longest time the modern slim Gretsch necks were just fine; then almost suddenly my wrist was killing me. The chunkier D shaped necks --and only 24.6"-- from '56 - '58 are about all I can handle now. Hope the new tool works out for you.

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Filtertrons? Traitor. I bet you'll change them out for something single coil if you end up liking the guitar a lot.

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Audio taper for the Master volume, Linear for the rest. Yeah, I'll probably go with 1 meg, but this guitar only has 3 pots so it's not as big a deal. Maybe I'll just add another pot. Maybe a P90 on the bridge. I can't decide until I hear it. Probably a gold Melita to go with the Bigsby. I've always wanted to try a zero fret, but they never came on DeArmond equipped guitars.

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a pair of these perhaps?

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Congratulations! That's a sweet guitar. Is it going to be your main gigging guitar?

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Very cool BZ! I can see you wearing that in black.

I'm mentally picturing black with black f-holes... (wicked grin)

If I had a spaceship, it would have all black controls, buttons and instruments on an all black panel that was lit up in black... (I do miss Douglas Adams!)

Actually, gloss black with flat/satin black f-holes could be a really cool look.

I'm sure hoping this thread doesn't descend into "which black is the real black"... :D

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Congrats! The Black lacquer will look great. I'm very happy with my stock '59. If looking for a change, maybe put a TVJ Magna'Tron in the bridge. The TVJ site describes them as having "DeArmond-style twang and single coil spank". I think somebody (maybe Proteus?) did that.

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I just pulled the trigger on one of these. My hands have become too arthritic for the smaller necks. I hope this does the trick. If it does, I'm going to send it to Curt for a Black lacquer job. http://www.gretschguitars.c...

– Billy Zoom

I want the Guild Manhattan reissue for the same reasons.

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I've never been that interested in country gents, but I have to admit it would look pretty cool in black. Hope the neck works out for you.

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I guess Gretsch made some black double cut 6122s back in the 60s like this one. A black single cut will look pretty cool.

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Beautiful guitar, and the 1.75" nut width sounds great to me. My dreadnought has a 1.8" nut width and I find it easier to play with my largish hands. Post some pictures when it arrives.

– Frank_NH

Hey man then you want my 6108 with full 2" neck width

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love it!

why does the wider neck work better? just curious and not dismissing the sound logic a player of your miles & experience has, just interested in the reasoning and gains from a wider fretboard

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it's the best neck I have ever played. and my 3161 has the Super in the neck and Magnatron in the bridge.they do sound good together

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I'm all for closed hollow electrotone body guitars sans faux f-holes. Someone around here once offered that Chet wanted them that way and the painted holes were a compromise with GreTscH who felt they were necessary to the brand. If so, what I really don't understand is why they decided to use squinty Gibson shape f-holes for the fauxs instead of the more elegant loopy open GreTscH f-holes like on the 6120s and Clubs and Annies (and the Stremliners before them) and pre-Baldwin Falcons. A thinline 17" solid top single cut guitar with no faux-holes would be a phenomenal addition to the GreTscH professional line. It should be offered with both TArmonds and Setzer Sigs. And yes to bigger necks. Always.

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…a thinline 17" solid top single cut guitar with no faux-holes…and yes…bigger neck…

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I never liked fake F-holes.

– Billy Zoom

They're not fake...they're faux. It's French! Makes 'em classier. It's like the difference between plywood and laminated. ;)

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…a thinline 17" solid top single cut guitar with no faux-holes…and yes…bigger neck…

– tommy59

A beaut! Custom or refin? More pics?


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