Meet & Greet

Finally Realized The Dream

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Some background: I've always played inexpensive guitars. Some have been real treasures, but mostly, just affordable, pawn-shop purchases that allowed me to keep playing no matter what my financial status was at the time.

A few months ago, I bought a mahogany Martin D-15 for less money than should be legal and it really opened up a new world for me. I thought, "So THIS is what owning a good guitar is like.

THEN, I played a friend's Country Gentleman a few months ago. It was an Epic Revelation.

It took some serious soul searching, but I came to the realization that I owned guns that I had not shot for years. And that I played my guitars every day.

So I laid out all my firearms on the bed, chose a few that I hadn't shot in the last 2 years and took them to the local gun shop to sell. It was enough to buy a minty, Aspen Green 5420T, which will be here by Friday.

I still have plenty of guns to pass on to my daughter, but now I can leave a couple of decent guitars as a legacy, too.

I'll have to make do with a little Line 6 amp until I can get my hands on a decent used tube amp. But at least, I'll be able to learn my way around a Gretsch. MY Gretsch. Finally.

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Aspen Green is an amazing color choice.

Pictures just don't do it justice, and to my mind, it's one of the prettiest colors in Gretsch's palette.

Congrats, and enjoy.

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Thanks! Mine is a 2013 model. When I started shopping for a Gretsch, that was the color that caught my eye. I really like the hump block inlays, too. The new, thumbnail-type doesn't do anything for me.

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So...you haven't seen one live yet?

If not, brace yourself. It's beautiful.

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To be honest, I'd have "settled" for orange, blue or any color, really. But when I saw the Aspen Green in a guitar shop, I fell in love. So when I saw this one, I did not hesitate.

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Good for you! Also, congrats on the D-15M. Really nice, even-toned acoustic guitars.

Enjoy.

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Good for you! Also, congrats on the D-15M. Really nice, even-toned acoustic guitars.

Enjoy.

– Viper

It's not an "M" series. It's an older, entry-level, US-made D-15. But it's Mahogany, which is always a source of some confusion. It has a Fishman pickup in it, came with an Acoustic, AG-15 amp, amp stand, a Peavy Micro Bass (which I'm still trying to figure out a use for) and 2, cigar-box guitars.

All for $300.00.

It came from a VERY good friend.

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Wow congrats a very good friend indeed :)

... I can appreciate your username, lol. alllmmoostt walked out with a $40 pawn shop Yamaha. I still might go back for it. needs new frets..at a minimum.

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Welcome aboard!

That's a great friend! Nice score, all of it. I got by with a really cheap Voxton flat top for years. Got a couple of pawn shop specials and used those for awhile. Finally, I got enough cash for a decent guitar, and, yes, it is a revelation. I played better right away as I wasn't fighting a junk instrument, and, I was inspired to do more with it. Enjoy!

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Welcome to the forum. Love the Aspen green as I'm sure you will. Pic's when it arrives and then add it to our database.

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The funny thing about starting my little guitar collection: The more guitars I buy, the more I play my little Yamaha FG225. It's a beautiful-sounding little box. Truth be told, I've never had a Yamaha that didn't sound good. But dat Gretsch....

Man.

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Welcome to the forum. Love the Aspen green as I'm sure you will. Pic's when it arrives and then add it to our database.

– Suprdave

I will do that!

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A friend just got an Aspen Green Electro too, and photo's don't do it justice. I did have a couple of Yamaha's as my first instruments but sold them off as I couldn't get enough time with my first Gretsch.

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Welcome aboard and congrats on finally becoming a member of the Gretsch family! I'm simply curious: what model Country Gent was it you played that made such an impression on you?

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Congrats, PSY! Welcome to the GDP!

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The funny thing about starting my little guitar collection: The more guitars I buy, the more I play my little Yamaha FG225. It's a beautiful-sounding little box. Truth be told, I've never had a Yamaha that didn't sound good. But dat Gretsch....

Man.

– PawnShopYamaha

Here is my Yamaha FG-413S SDB. It's the only acoustic I own and it's the only one I want. It sounds great and it was relatively inexpensive for the sound it makes.

Edit: I corrected my model number and I also did a little research and found out that my guitar was built on February 14, 2003 which makes this guitar even more special to me because it was a Christmas gift from my wife that year.

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Welcome aboard and congrats on finally becoming a member of the Gretsch family! I'm simply curious: what model Country Gent was it you played that made such an impression on you?

– Windsordave

I'm not sure of the year. It was Cadillac Green with all gold-plated accoutrements but had a regular Bigsby tailpiece not the Cadillac type.

I cannot remember what the fretboard looked like.

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Here is my Yamaha FG-413S SDB. It's the only acoustic I own and it's the only one I want. It sounds great and it was relatively inexpensive for the sound it makes.

Edit: I corrected my model number and I also did a little research and found out that my guitar was built on February 14, 2003 which makes this guitar even more special to me because it was a Christmas gift from my wife that year.

– BuddyHollywood

Outstanding!

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Congrats. Good trade.

– drmilktruck

I've heard it said that a good trade is one where both people walk away happy.

I took a bit of a bath on the 2 Smith & Wessons, but I didn't want to piddle around selling them individually, over time. I told the gun store $800. They countered with $725 and I jumped on it.

That said, I've always regretted selling ANY of my guns, but the allure of an honest-ta-gawd Gretsch was just too strong.

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Congratulations and welcome to the GDP -- from a fellow Gretsch & Martin owner. Enjoy your new guitar(s) and the time you spend here!

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I'm not sure of the year. It was Cadillac Green with all gold-plated accoutrements but had a regular Bigsby tailpiece not the Cadillac type.

I cannot remember what the fretboard looked like.

– PawnShopYamaha

Hmmm.... That sounds more like a Country Club than a Country Gentleman....

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5420T owner here, you gonna love the blacktop pickups—it growls, bites but sweet when you pick it softly.

Do me a favor—at least get a Vox Pathfinder, ditch the Line 6. You'll thank me later.

Congrats by the way!

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Hmmm.... That sounds more like a Country Club than a Country Gentleman....

– senojnad

I'm guessing I misheard, then. Still. It was sweet.
As is my 5420T which CAME IN YESTERDAY!!!!!! I haven't used a photo-sharing website in years, so I'll have to see if any of mine are still active. Then I'll share a pic. I've been accused of treating my acoustics like percussion instruments, so the first order of business is learning subtlety. I stayed up until 10:00 last night playing the Gretsch. I just couldn't put it down. 4:00AM came WAY too soon this morning

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5420T owner here, you gonna love the blacktop pickups—it growls, bites but sweet when you pick it softly.

Do me a favor—at least get a Vox Pathfinder, ditch the Line 6. You'll thank me later.

Congrats by the way!

– jetbunny

The limitations of that Line 6 were on full display last night. It's fine for my little Chinese Squier, but I'm already looking for a good, used tube amp for the Gretsch.
Thanks for the tip on the Vox! The price is in my current budget.

I mean I don't know you from Adam, but you have a Snow Dog in your profile pic, so I trust you. My blue-eyed Siberian concurs...


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