1 EllenGtrGrl 1 month ago Hi People,It's been a while for me. As you know, I used to be everybody's favorite Country Club nut. Why did I disappear? Well, my last 'Club was one of the first year '59 Reissues. As you know, those have trestle bracing. It was decent guitar but it weighed a ton (almost as much as the 1980 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion I gigged with for most of the 90s, that was the heaviest electric guitar I've ever had [it literally weighed 13 lbs, and used to give me a sore left shoulder by the time the 2nd set rolled around]). I got fed up with the the '59 Reissue 'Club's weight. Also, after decades of playing guitar (I've been playing since 1979), I got tired of dealing with guitars with thin necks (I bought into the whole "a slim neck is a fast playing neck" nonsense for a long time), and having had since about 2014, a few non-Gretsches with chunkier necks that I found oh so comfortable, I decided to say bye-bye to guitars with thin necks (which so many Gretsches seem to have). Thin necks probably wouldn't be much of an issue for me it I did like most players, and played with my thumb sticking up or over the neck, while fisting the neck with my left hand, and making use of my thumb, to fret the lower strings for certain chords, but I play in the classical style (courtesy of an uncle who had classical guitar lessons instructing me to do so back in 1979), with my thumb behind the neck, which unless you have tiny hands, makes thin necks uncomfortable. This requirement (for a chunkier guitar neck), has made it a bit of hassle for me to find guitars (both electric and acoustic) that I like. Due to a lack of neck dimension information (for both the neck thickness, and the neck width) by guitar manufacturers, I've had more than a few failed guitar experiments (grr!!!), with regards to both electric and acoustic guitars (I found out the hard way [I bought a DSS-17], that me and the Modified Low Oval neck profile that almost all Martin guitars have means, I will never have another Martin guitar), but that's the way things are.Therefore, as a result of the above 2 factors, I said so long to my last Gretsch (my '59 Reissue Country Club) about 3 plus years ago. Well, you know me, as I've said in the past there are certain guitars I can't seem to get over. If I get rid of one of them, sooner or later, I seem to get another one. Gretsches seem to be in that category. I finally received back-pay from the State of Wisconsin for the partial unemployment I was receiving due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to the tune of over $3200. I'm sitting OK financially (I was working enough hours at work, to pay my bills). So, once again, thoughts of having another Gretsch have surfaced - with the provisos below: NO THIN NECKS - I'm tired of fighting with/telling myself "I'll get used to it over time" when it comes to thin necks. Hollowbody if possible - yeah I know I'm one of the Gretsch oddballs, in that I don't do twang banging roots, or rockabilliy music, but I do love the sound of a hollowbody Gretsch (if the amp is set up right), when played with some seriously dirty tone - they get nice and throaty sounding. Also, hollowbodies look cool, and with their larger bodies, provide me with convenient right arm rest, since I like to strap my guitars pretty high (like a jazz guitarist), when I play. I would prefer a ProLine - I've gotten spoiled by playing ProLines, and would only consider an Electromatic, or Streamliner, if it has a nice and chunky neck (which is doubtful to me - every Electromatic I've played, has had a pretty thin neck). When I was last active on this forum, I alluded towards the fact that I was gravitating towards thicker necked guitars. Well, now I've outright stated it. I don't necessarily need a Gretsch hollowbody with a baseball bat neck like a Fender Nocaster, or the '54 Country Club I used to have (I regret getting rid of that guitar) - though it would be nice, but I'd be just about as happy to have one with a neck that had at least as much heft to it, as the neck my 60s Baja Tele had (sort of a Fender 60s Medium C). I doubt that short of coughing up several thousand dollars for a 50s Gretsch, I'd be able to get with a neck as chunky as my 2015 Heritage H535 (with Heritage's optional thick neck), or my 2020 Vintera 50s Telecaster have, but it doesn't hurt to ask - maybe somebody has information I don't have.Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.