Modern Gretsch Guitars

It’s Been a While - Last Ditch Gretsch Attempt For Me - Situation U…

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And here she is at work, shortly before I left for the day (the guitar was delivered to my workplace this morning).

Unfortunately I cannot play my Tenny, until it has the obligatory refret job, with Jescar EVO Gold (you have to love having both a nickel, and a stainless steel allergy ). I have a question, did the Power Tenny come with a nickel plated bridge? The bridge on mine looks like dull and cruddy nickel. If so, I'm going to have to replace it with a chrome plated bridge.

– EllenGtrGrl

Perhaps our friend Proteus has a solution in mind...?

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And here she is at work, shortly before I left for the day (the guitar was delivered to my workplace this morning).

Unfortunately I cannot play my Tenny, until it has the obligatory refret job, with Jescar EVO Gold (you have to love having both a nickel, and a stainless steel allergy ). I have a question, did the Power Tenny come with a nickel plated bridge? The bridge on mine looks like dull and cruddy nickel. If so, I'm going to have to replace it with a chrome plated bridge.

– EllenGtrGrl

Mine did - The Tru-Arc aluminum was a great upgrade. Welcome to the Power Tenny club!

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Truly I am compelled to say that I love what an aluminum Twu-Ahc does to relieve the slight propensity toward honk PowerTrons can have. Got aluminum on both my PowerTron guitars, the quite-PowerTenny-like Jag Tan Anniversary (16”, ML bracing steada full treskles) and the Billy Bo.

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Truly I am compelled to say that I love what an aluminum Twu-Ahc does to relieve the slight propensity toward honk PowerTrons can have. Got aluminum on both my PowerTron guitars, the quite-PowerTenny-like Jag Tan Anniversary (16”, ML bracing steada full treskles) and the Billy Bo.

– Proteus

Hmmmmm, I'm intrigued!!!!

And yes, it's been my experience too, that PowerTrons can get honky sounding if the amp isn't set right.

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What about the neck profile? Is it what you hoped for?

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Hmmmmm, I'm intrigued!

Why, just message me and we can discuss it.

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On my 2006 Power Tenny both the stock bridge and the Sperzel locking tuners are nickel plated. I changed out the stock Gotoh TOM style bridge for a Tru Arc Rock Steady 12" in stainless (obviously stainless would not be a good choice for you, Ellen). I would highly recommend a Tru Arc as it really brought out the tonal qualities of the guitar (more sustain/note definition) and took playability off the charts (Bigsby action was smoother and stayed in tune better) and I was able to get an even better straight neck, comfortably low action w/o string buzz or rattle. Fortunately, you can easily change out the nickel Sperzels for regular chrome. They even make replacement knobs for Sperzels in different metals and even non-metal (wood and plastic). Looking forward to your impressions of the guitar once you get safely sorted.

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What about the neck profile? Is it what you hoped for?

– atomicwash

I was finally able to check out the neck a short time ago (I got home very late yesterday, and had to go to work this morning). I had to put a nitrile glove on my left hand (due to the nickel strings) to do so. The neck has a pleasing amount of heft to it thickness-wise, which combined with its wider than average width (at 1.72" width at the nut, it's as wide as the neck my old Gibson J-15 acoustic had [a great guitar, that let me down, due its overlty thin profile neck]), is oh so comfy for my fretting hand. It's looking good!

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On my 2006 Power Tenny both the stock bridge and the Sperzel locking tuners are nickel plated. I changed out the stock Gotoh TOM style bridge for a Tru Arc Rock Steady 12" in stainless (obviously stainless would not be a good choice for you, Ellen). I would highly recommend a Tru Arc as it really brought out the tonal qualities of the guitar (more sustain/note definition) and took playability off the charts (Bigsby action was smoother and stayed in tune better) and I was able to get an even better straight neck, comfortably low action w/o string buzz or rattle. Fortunately, you can easily change out the nickel Sperzels for regular chrome. They even make replacement knobs for Sperzels in different metals and even non-metal (wood and plastic). Looking forward to your impressions of the guitar once you get safely sorted.

– Gretschadelphia

Yeah, I'm probably going to go the Tru-Arc route. As for the Sperzels - I'm thinking of leaving them on, and just replacing the buttons, like I did with the nickel plated Grovers I had on my old Heritage H535.

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Congrats on the fine choice Ellen — I love the neck on my Power Tenny about as much as anyone can love a guitar neck ... great that you snagged one they are somewhat rare!

From what I've read of your posts over the years about your taste and playing style, I tihnk you're going to love the PowerTron combination with the trestle bracing. Crunch and churn for days, and feedback becomes your slave not your master.

Oh, and like Gretschadelphia, I swapped the bridge to a 12" TruArc (stainless for me). Highly recommend that upgrade in whatever metal works for your allergy situation... I also have a jones for the '59 / '60 Tennys, so I added a Paul Setzer black signpost guard to mine.

Never heard one through a Marshall (I tihnk you play one?) but I bet you that's one helluva combination.

Wwelcome to the PT Club!

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Thanks Redrocker! I think I'll go the aluminum Tru-Arc route. My amp's a Blackstar (son of Marshall - Blackstar was started by former Marshall employees). I played a Power Tenny about 12 years ago through a Marshall, and if you carefully set the midrange, it seriously kicked some sonic butt!! Mainsoda (who used to be active on the The Gretsch Pages) was a big fan of PowerTrons, and used to load his Gretsches with them. I don't know what Jeff's up to nowadays, but I saw him play 9 or 10 years ago, with Crumpler (the band he was in at the time). He was running through a Mesa Boogie setup, with his Gretsches, that seriously rocked hard!

Here's a vid that Crumpler recorded. You might remember the guitar in the vid - at the time, Jeff was showcasing it here on the GDP. It's a 5120 that he modded by putting PowerTrons in it, and covering its top with silver sparkle drum cover material. I remember Jeff showing it to me, and Fred Gretsch III at Cream City Music's Gretsch days (I have a photo of him with the guitar at Cream City Music during that Gretsch Days event).

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I was finally able to check out the neck a short time ago (I got home very late yesterday, and had to go to work this morning). I had to put a nitrile glove on my left hand (due to the nickel strings) to do so. The neck has a pleasing amount of heft to it thickness-wise, which combined with its wider than average width (at 1.72" width at the nut, it's as wide as the neck my old Gibson J-15 acoustic had [a great guitar, that let me down, due its overlty thin profile neck]), is oh so comfy for my fretting hand. It's looking good!

– EllenGtrGrl

Based on this neck review, I am officially shopping for a Power Tenny. The slender V on my SSLVO drives me crazy every time I pick it up.

Why can’t they release ONE 16” model with an R8 neck? I would be first in line.


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