1 Proteus 1 year ago The Carlo Robelli 1955 "Black Emu" (beaten half to death in a couple of recent threads) has proven to be a completely successful 17" full-deep conventional "Gretsch-like" archtop with Filter'Trons. It begs the question why isn't there a comparable 17" Gretsch in the Electromatic line?I know the Electro line is geared toward new Gretsch buyers, players on a budget (by comparison to the pro line), and even toward more-rock/less-billy, perhaps younger players. And maybe that demographic has little inherent interest in wide-open 17" full-on hollow archies. At least when considered in those terms. But very few players/buyers with even a remote interest in Gretsch are NOT aware of - and wouldn't love - a Falcon. They may not know the classic Falcon is a 17" guitar - but they know it's a big honkin' fancy Gretsch.So maybe there is a latent market for a big-block Electromatic.Yes, we have the Tim Armstrong. Great guitar - but it doesn't meet everyone where we live. The problem is not that it's the sig model for a punk player who may be from a later (or earlier) generation than ourselves. It's more that it's flat black (not everyone's cuppa), and that it's based on a Baldwin-era Club - shape, pickups, hardware and all. That spec is enough to put many off.But the fact that it's still in the line after 5 (?) years means a lot of guys who bought it for its Tim Armstrongness have now been introduced to 17" guitars (and supports the position that the market would be receptive to more biggies).I wonder what interest the market would show in a straightforward, 17" x 2.75", shiny-finish vintage-shaped Electromatic. The blacktops with standard Filter'Tron rings now standard on the 5400 series would be fine (they're easily upgraded to TVs if desired). Color choice would be wide-open. (White, black, Caddy green, natural, and burst would be obvious options, but who wouldn't love CAR? Or other custom colors?)I don't know if such an offering should go so far as to have a forkéd headstock; I really think not. No need to make a "low-end" Falcon (and a conventional headstock accommodates 17"-lovers who are not Falcon-besotted). But to suggest such a 17" Electro was born in the bloodline of the Falcon (and the Country Club, for those who identify with that lineage) wouldn't sully the pro-line Falcon. And it would provide the market a more affordable big-body Gretsch.You know: Seventeen inches, and every inch a Gretsch.I think it could be a thing.