Modern Gretsch Guitars

I did a thing.. w a Brian Setzer 2014 Flat Black Hotrod G6120SHBTV

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I picked up a Setzer flat black hotrod for a steal online and had a bunch of parts laying around that I figured I could "put back" on this G6120SHBTV that was removed from it and replaced. I also thought I could get the overlaying finish that was applied to it off..but after receiving the instrument I found that there was some "Stuff" done to it that was involved.

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So I removed EVERYTHING, only to find that someone had used a hand drill to bore out space for the humbucker ears and screws on the trestles (ps this loading of only one photo at a time on this site, SUX)

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Plus the scrape marks were deep, looks like a knife was used and the paint was a mix of enamel and metallic. First layered in white, then the red and blue were added. So I decided to try to do some finish wet sanding and artistically make it look like one of those sara painted gretsch custom shop relic jobs..

A looooooot of elbow grease to finally get a good blended and smooths satin-ee finish/faux french polish

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then clean up the dust and polish it one last time.. I wasnt going to spend a lot of time trying to rebuild the wood removed fro mthe top of the trestles so I used some cleats I bought from tvjones, mixed some super glue and jb wield to support the pickups.. which is yet another story

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I hired Kmac (he left this site because of mean dickheads giving him slack) to take a set of tvjones classic neck and classic+ bridge that I removed the original covers from, and to make paul bigsby style "holders" for.. ala the Paul Bigsby/ Alan Granstrom myrtlewood tele "ray butts" pickup They unfortunately wouldnt retrofit, since they were hanging pickups/surface mount. I thought it would be ideal but it required even more wood from the top to be removed so I disassembled the "holders" refit the machined top cover to the tvjones filters and install them like regular filters, then slide the other assembly over, like a bezel and affix that to the top of the guitar. Added an Embiematic bridge, a proper Gretsch b-6 bigsby and voila! A buck owens - brian setzer hotrod ala relic custom shop sort of thing.

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the back of the guitar is still totally stock, w the addition of a 2015 hand signature of Fred Gretsch III on the headstock, and this POW/MIA sticker that I havent removed yet.

thinking of adding this pickguard I made from a clear guard and paul setzer sticker https://scontent-lax3-1.cdn...

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Coolest Gretsch Hot Rod I’ve seen, and those pickups look awesome.

Well done!

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I realize those pickup covers are strictly superficial, purely aesthetic alternatives -- but they are so dang cool looking! My dad tried to fix his classical guitar's bridge with JB Weld and it didn't work. Glad it worked out for you.

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Nice job with the reclamation! I hope you took that sticker off the side, too.

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thanks guys! and yes Jeff H, that had to come off first... I dont want to get fired from my job :)

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ps. Tim Harman @proteus is a magician of the highest nerdity. I couldnt hang w the syncro/melitta bridge for my playing style. So I popped this brass 9.5 serpentune on the guitar. Serious serious addition to the sound and feel of this lovely G6120SHBTV!! Cant say enough.. although the slots are cut for a 12g string set, and I use 11s. I wish he took in trades, haha.

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That's actually pretty cool. It would be one of the few guitars I've seen where I reckon you could go even further with the relicing, although it looks good as it is. I just think that the red white and blue thing lends itself to severe relicing.

How does it play?

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You did good things....the previous owner did bad things.

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That's actually pretty cool. I'll bet Buck would approve.

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Bridge looks great! Thanks as always for the support.

And the pickups and surrounds are killer.

However, If it was mine, and I deemed the musical results worth the effort, I think I'd relic that finish clean off and start with something else from the wood out. The pickups would stand out so much better on a darker color...than white. Maybe natural, tung-oiled and stained. Or hot rod flat black with suitable trimmins.

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It is an amazing transformation, You've done a great job!

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That's actually pretty cool. It would be one of the few guitars I've seen where I reckon you could go even further with the relicing, although it looks good as it is. I just think that the red white and blue thing lends itself to severe relicing.

How does it play?

– JimmyR

it still feels like a brand new hotrod, thats the crazy thing. The satin black is wonderful.


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