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A new victim of Gretsch-itis

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Greetings from Milan, Italy! While staying safe from COVID-19 I have contracted a new and serious disease: Gretsch-itis, a particularly violent strand of GAS. I play jazz, blues and rock and have always been partial to teles, strats, and acoustic archtops with old DeArmonds. Got me a humble Made in China Casino in December. I absolutely love it, and part of the “making friends with it” has been chasing a few classic Beatles tones… which led to re-listening to their early stuff … hmmm, that tone there… which led to re-opening Babiuk’s book on the Duo Jet and Gent pages … which led to also spotting John Lennon’s 6120 and thinking “cool!”.

The last defense was: ok but I don’t play early Beatles dammit and I can’t really play jazz on a Gretsch, can I? Awwww…

Next thing I knew, I was deep into the spec differences between an Electrotone 6120 and a double cut Gent, pondering the merits of the Sal Salvador’s sole Dyna vs a classic pair of Filters, and wondering what a trestle bracing looks like.

I’m a goner, brothers. All resistance is futile. As soon as COVID allows, I’ll do the pilgrimage to the guitar shop and compare G5420s and G5422 (the likeliest candidate…) while keeping a keen eye on the used market. In time, I'll become a full member of the tribe. Please accept me as an un-Gretsched novice for now

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Welcome to our Gretschaholics world. Get used to the idea that you will not be cured for MANY years. I personally have had it for over 6 decades. There are a TON of great side effects. The only painful symptoms are periodic separations from your wallet.

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There is no cure once afflicted, only years of managing symptoms...

...which usually includes regular visits to Guitar shops, CraigsList, and Reverb.com seeking comfort, with sometimes the chance of a finding another.

Welcome!

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Welcome to our addiction. If you came here to break the habit, you're in the wrong place.

Your English is very good. I hope you find the right Gretsch for you.

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Welcome. This is the place to learn about All Things Gretsch. Enjoy and stay safe over there.

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Welcome home, Radio. You'll find you've come to a nice place. If the folks here don't know what you need about all things Gretsch, they're one buzz away from someone who does. And, it's a sweet spot of caring folks. So, just settle in and get comfortable.

I agree that that early Beatles sound is what grabbed our ears, and for me, captured my attention, forever. You'll find lots of us who love it here. That photo of John is terrific, of course. But, for me, George & his "first good guitar," his G6128T-GH Duo Jet, is most fascinating. Such a shame his Gent got smashed & is not around to study. But, we have "that sound." Glad you're chasing it.

All my lovin, Olivia Anne

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Hello Radio! Welcome to the GDP (Gretsch Discussion Pages). This is THE place for you to be, now that you've been bitten by the Gretsch bug. Have a look at the G5422 model, it's a double cutaway hollow body like the one John is playing in your photo, and is a tremendous value. Many people here have one, myself included, and we adore them. Anyway I'm glad you found us, and I hope you stick around so we can get to know you. Cheers!

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Welcome home, Radio. You'll find you've come to a nice place. If the folks here don't know what you need about all things Gretsch, they're one buzz away from someone who does. And, it's a sweet spot of caring folks. So, just settle in and get comfortable.

I agree that that early Beatles sound is what grabbed our ears, and for me, captured my attention, forever. You'll find lots of us who love it here. That photo of John is terrific, of course. But, for me, George & his "first good guitar," his G6128T-GH Duo Jet, is most fascinating. Such a shame his Gent got smashed & is not around to study. But, we have "that sound." Glad you're chasing it.

All my lovin, Olivia Anne

– Olivia Anne

You mean THIS picture right here! I love it… he’s so young and carefree and proud of his new axe!

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Here's a picture of my G5422TG for you to have a look at. Many internet photos just don't do it justice, especially the Gretsch website. They come in many different colors, even orange!

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Hello Radio! Welcome to the GDP (Gretsch Discussion Pages). This is THE place for you to be, now that you've been bitten by the Gretsch bug. Have a look at the G5422 model, it's a double cutaway hollow body like the one John is playing in your photo, and is a tremendous value. Many people here have one, myself included, and we adore them. Anyway I'm glad you found us, and I hope you stick around so we can get to know you. Cheers!

– Wade H

I’m already hooked on the G5422. I’m just PRETENDING to have my eyes on other models to justify the time I’ll spend trying them out.

The only real dilemma is “Orange stain” or “Amber stain”? There’s one store round here that has both…

Actually, there's another dilemma: how do I approach the wife? Getting one more guitar would be really stretching it and, well, you can’t very well hide an orange Gretsch guitar!

Thank you all for the welcome! It sure feels cozy and friendly around here!

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Actually, there's another dilemma: how do I approach the wife? Getting one more guitar would be really stretching it and, well, you can’t very well hide an orange Gretsch guitar! radiofm74

Ah yes, that's the delemma I face as well when buying a new guitar. I first try using the old "but I need it, rather than want it. I need it because of its sound, it's a tool that can't be done without". But it usually ends up, ah hem ah hum ah ah ah..........please? BTW, you certainly can play jazz on a 5422. The neck pick up has a lovely jazzy tone!

EDIT : I've spent a little time in Italy, I used to go TDY (temporary duty) to Verona, while I was stationed at SHAPE in Mons Belgium for three and a half years during the early 1980's. I enjoyed the time I spent there, I went twice for thirty days both times, to train the NATO guys on the new radio (2Mhz - 32Mhz) equipment.

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welcome to the Gretsch Pages ! glad to have you with us.

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I’m already hooked on the G5422. I’m just PRETENDING to have my eyes on other models to justify the time I’ll spend trying them out.

The only real dilemma is “Orange stain” or “Amber stain”? There’s one store round here that has both…

Actually, there's another dilemma: how do I approach the wife? Getting one more guitar would be really stretching it and, well, you can’t very well hide an orange Gretsch guitar!

Thank you all for the welcome! It sure feels cozy and friendly around here!

– radiofm74

You gotta give to get ("The love you take is equal to the love you make"). You have to decide what that means for you . . . but regardless of what that is, I 'spect you'll come out with a new Gretsch on the other end.

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Welcome to all things Gretsch! We're very good at encouraging you down the Gretsch road. Some of us fancy the vintage versions (me included) and some the newer but many of us have more than a few and love them all.

That pic from Wade is a perfect match for my '72 Super Chet and the deep wine finish is gorgeous and will stand out pretty much as strong as the orange G5422TG. Keep us up to date when you get a chance to visit your music store.


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