Modern Gretsch Guitars

Back in the Duo Jet Players Club

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I didn't know a thing about Cliff Gallup until the signature model was recently released by Gretsch Guitars. A few months ago I was telling my wife about how Cliff Gallup gave up a promising career as a Rock & Roll pioneer and stayed home with the family, served as a school maintenance manager for 30+ years, and played local gigs in Virginia. That seemed to impress her enough to put this fine guitar under the Christmas tree this year. She's a wonderful wife.

And feels and sounds great! The fixed Bigsby arm will take some getting used to and unpinned aluminum bridge is new territory for me but the Dynosonic pick-ups are awesome. Pictures to follow ...

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Wow! Though owning a red sparkle jet the first fret marker is a bit odd

Anyhow, Those narrow DOF photos are crazy cool

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Gorgeous guitar. Congratulations! Both your wife and the guitar are keepers!

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Nice choice.

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School maintenance manager, rather than janitor.

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Thanks for the clarification Uncle Daddy! I made the edit to the original post. I meant only to honor the idea of a hard working blue collar family man that was a Gretsch guitar hero under the radar.

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Very nice. Merry Christmas, indeed.

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Gorgeous guitar. Congratulations! Both your wife and the guitar are keepers!

– Hoot Owl

Plus 1

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How does it compare to the BZ?

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Hey NJBob! It just feels great to handle and hear a jet with Dynosonics again. I think the Cliff Gallup may be lighter than the BZ. The Cliff Gallup Jet neck is a 12" radius vs the smaller BZ radius but feels fine to me. The fixed Bigsby arm will take some getting used to.

Don't worry, I have no regrets about the BZ trade ... its in good hands!

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Is that the Bigsby bridge the one for a wound 3rd?

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Hey NJBob! It just feels great to handle and hear a jet with Dynosonics again. I think the Cliff Gallup may be lighter than the BZ. The Cliff Gallup Jet neck is a 12" radius vs the smaller BZ radius but feels fine to me. The fixed Bigsby arm will take some getting used to.

Don't worry, I have no regrets about the BZ trade ... its in good hands!

– Brian_66

Yeah, the BZ radius is weirdly small for a Gretsch. I was surprised when Curt measured it.

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Beauty,congrats Brian!

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Very nice. I haven't played another guitar since I got my Vintage Select green Duo Jet.

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Is that the Bigsby bridge the one for a wound 3rd?

– Uncle Daddy

I really don't know anything about the type of bridge that is on this guitar other than its a big hunk of aluminum. It came with flatwound .11s and the 3rd string is wound.

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I really don't know anything about the type of bridge that is on this guitar other than its a big hunk of aluminum. It came with flatwound .11s and the 3rd string is wound.

– Brian_66

It's not totally clear in the picture, but I think you do have the right bridge for a wound third. If you ever intend to switch to a plain third, you may need one of these-

http://blackriderguitars.co...

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Congrats, Brian, on the Cliff Gallup Signature Duo Jet! Beautiful! I've been gassing for a Gretsch G6128T-53 Vintage Select '53 Duo Jet (love the old timey logo). Enjoy and happy holidays!

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Hey Steve, it plays surf pretty good! Hope we can play in the near future.


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