Modern Gretsch Guitars

Anyone a fan ot Gretsch’s latest Falcon in Lake Placid Blue?

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I like it although I think the color looks lighter than LPB. That might just be the lighting or photography. The blue/silver sparkle works for me. I also like the silver sparkle on the Cheney signature model.

But in my opinion, a Falcon must have a vertical logo! Even though the headstock shape is the same, without the vertical logo/wings it looks clunky and plain.

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I like LPB but find it more appropriate for guitars like this:

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The Hollywood GC has one of those blue burst 6120s (they say it’s an ‘89) for $1,439. The pickup rings have been changed, maybe other stuff, too, but they describe it as being in “fair” condition, which has kept me at bay for the entire time it’s been there, which has been a while. Still, if anyone’s interested, I can try to work a tryout adventure into my busy schedule.

https://www.guitarcenter.co...

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The Hollywood GC has one of those blue burst 6120s (they say it’s an ‘89) for $1,439. The pickup rings have been changed, maybe other stuff, too, but they describe it as being in “fair” condition, which has kept me at bay for the entire time it’s been there, which has been a while. Still, if anyone’s interested, I can try to work a tryout adventure into my busy schedule.

https://www.guitarcenter.co...

– giffenf

That price is close to what I paid awhile back and mine ('98) would be considered VG-EX. Fair to me means it has to have serious issues, either visually or playability. And what has been put over the horseshoe on the headstock??

IIRC, this BB version of the 6120 wasn't made as early as '89. Maybe someone just juxtaposed the numbers. There was a mint one of these for sale at Blue Dog guitars awhile back for I believe somewhere in the $2000's (Cdn). If it was a post FMIC guitar it would be priced about right, IMO, at $2K. However, with the other thread saying 6122-59's can be had for under $2K it would push this guitar in this condition, whatever the issue, [at GC] to only $1K, no?

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I tell you what, I've never been about the Falcon bling but every time I get a chance to play one they feel and sound SOOOO Good!

I am a fan of this one. The color is beautiful.

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Wildwood Guitars has one listed with some great pics.

If you check it out.......also take a look at a CS Scripty Jet. OMG it's nice.

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Can't find the BB on Wildwood's website. Maybe it just sold.

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Ah, I was seeing the 6136T, not the BB.

Sorry about not being clear on which guitar. The LPB sure does look nice though.

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i generally applaud the funsies and well, this almost works. call me old fashioned, but a split headstock gets a vertical logo. no questions asked. no exceptions. don't care what happened after 59 or whatever.

what makes this work is something that they don't do enough of- vary the color of the binding. the white is amazing and should be seen more. they usually slap gold binding/gold hardware on everything whether it looks better or not and this was a huge improvement.

and me being me, it would look better with the humpblock inlays, filters or not.

all that aside, it isn't my color preference but i will allow it. this ends up being one of those tragic near misses for me, like the metallic rose and blue creme whatever falcons. close, but frustratingly not close enough but i'd still like one, even though it would always feel like a compromise.

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For me, I'd rather it be a similar spec to the 2004 Falcons - engraved humped block inlays; the vertical logo on the headstock, and Filter'Trons with the mud switch circuit. I don't see the point in doing the '59 spec for a guitar that never existed until now. The Silver Falcon didn't exist in 1959, so I don't see the point in doing one in that style either.

If it had have had the vertical logo, I'd owe the bank a lot more money right now! The blue with the silver works a treat, but the '59 spec Falcon is a little on the bland side when it comes to appearance, which doesn't really interest me. You buy a Falcon to stand out from the crowd. They're not for the faint-hearted.

Perhaps if Joe is watching, he might consider doing a contempory series of guitars including the Falcons? The Filter'Tron equipped 2004 Falcons are extremely popular - they're very hard to get ahold of, especially the Silver Falcons these days. Maybe put ML bracing in them to make them a little different? They would sit well between the Vintage spec and Players series Gretsches...

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I was saving for a White Falcon, I bought the Lake Placid Blue because it was the only guitar using the new TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity Filtertrons, very pleased with the results. Yesterday I read that StreetSounds (where I bought mine) has a lot of 12 White Falcons made with these pickups, but I'm not a fan of the double-cut.

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I wasn't really a fan of the double cut either, til I got mine. What a great guitar.

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I like LPB, but I'd like it a lot more as a translucent stain instead of a solid. I also had a surreptitious thought- slate grey binding instead of white. Might be real cool, maybe.

And no gold- tired of watching it rub away on too many instruments over the years.

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A new member Sabato, has recently purchased one of these and really likes it!


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