Modern Gretsch Guitars

NGD Revisited - The Blue Barney

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I posted a thread a few months ago about winning a G2655TGP90 Limited Edition Riviera Blue Satin Streamliner at Nashville. Good guitar, so why not make it better?

It all started with Senojnad telling me about how happy he is with a BricksBiggsFix tuning stabilizer bar on his Broadcaster Jr.. So I got one along with their squishy spring because the Bigsby was a bit stiff. I then questioned Proteus about Serpentunes and bought a brass one.

I am of the firm opinion that Streamliners are fantastic modding platforms. What would make the biggest impact? Pickups. The stock ones are okay and, I think, are designed to lure newbies to the Gretschdom. Already being firmly established in all things Gretsch, I simply wanted to make the guitar better reach its potential.

Next stop - Old School Guitars where Curt, a TVJ dealer, ordered and installed Supertron neck and T90 bridge pickups. It required a little surgery and was well worth it.

I was looking for something to compliment but not quite replicate while still retaining the original spirit of the guitar. The Gretsch G6115T LTD 15 Red Betty fit the bill with a High Sensitive Filter’Tron neck pickup and a Seymour Duncan P 90 bridge pickup.

Hence the name The Blue Barney. I don’t think it can get any better. Thanks to Senojnad, Proteus and especially Curt (and Bigsby condom guy Frank). This is a great guitar!

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Nice, Baba Joe!

I can only imagine how that pickup combination sounds!! I've always found that TV Jones upgrades result in HUGE tone improvements!!

I take it you are using a plain G/3rd based on the configuration of the TruArc -- ?? If I recall correctly, your guitar began its life with an adjustomatic -- ?? The TruArc should enhance the tone and sustain.

It started out as a gorgeous guitar and still is! AND -- GREAT choice of names!!

Have a blast with it!

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Man, that thing already sounded great with the stock pick-ups. I can hardly imagine the improvements. Cool mods.

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I can't wait to see it Baba Joe! Congratulations on making a great guitar "mo' greater."

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Yes, the guitar started out with an adjustamatic bridge and the Serpentune has a plain G. And yes, it will make the trip to Nashville in September for folks to check out.

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Can't wait to see it, Baba Joe.

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Very cool, Baba Joe! Hope to see it in person sometime soon! Enjoy!

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Lovely modifications, it makes me want to do something similar. Thanks for the report, I bet she's a real gem now!

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Very nice guitar. I have the supertron in the neck and a magnetron in the bridge. Really curious of the variance and tones with the p90 and the supertron. Any chance of you doing a demo of it?

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Thanks folks.

@ LarryR - There is a good variance in the pickups. As Curt said to me, it was a good combination choice with three separate gears. It sounds great, however, I have never recorded any playing. The only request I would get would be to play Far Away. However, if someone local here wants to check it out and volunteer to do a demo, I will gladly make arrangements.

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Nice mod job on the guitar Baba. I like the pickup combo, I'd be interested to hear how it sounds too. I've never heard of the BrickBiggsFix, I'll have to check it out. I have a corvette that I've always found the Bigsby to be to stiff, I've always thought the spring may have something to do with it.

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The spring should make a big difference. Here is a better picture of the tuning stabizar bar which changes the string angle at the bridge. I can’t tell you if that also impacted the stiffness of the Bigsby handle because the spring was changed at the same time.

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Okay, I see it now. Interesting Thanks Joe

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Changing the brake angle not only helps with stiffness but should also make the Bigsby more responsive.


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