Modern Gretsch Guitars

Process of ordering a Gretsch custom shop piece?

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For those who've done this, how does this work? Do you go through an authorized dealer? Any of the advertised dealers here people like to work with? My idea is a modest one- bolt on replacement neck for the guitar part of The oud/guit doubleneck. The whole thing will go back to the luthier in Chicago who did the conversion, primarily for a new and more travel friendly oud neck, which has cracked twice at the headstock. Not his fault as the oud neck was built elsewhere but its not a travel friendly headstock design. While he has it I am thinking of a better guitar neck to my specs.- flatter radius, scalloped board, stainless steel frets, maybe a different neck profile etc. He could mod the existing neck but am exploring the possibility of a nicer construction all the way around and Gretsch would have the templates for the neck pocket and the 24.6 scale length...

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I don't know if the Gretsch Custom Shop will take on that custom a project. Their general brief is mixing, matching, and building on traditional/historical Gretsch builds, features, and ideas.

No harm in asking, of course.

And yes, you have to work through a certified Custom Shop Dealer. I'd go to Rocky at Street Sounds in New York first, and he can put the idea to the CS.

Also, I can't imagine it coming true in less than 18-24 months. Maybe longer.

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Hmmm... That may be a longer time frame than I'd like but I understand they take their time and I'm at the end of the queue when I place the inquiry. Chicago could make one from scratch as well if they have the original or a spare to pattern the neck heel from; and devising a 24.6 scale fret is doable as well. Ill reach out to everyone and see what emerges... Thank u sir!


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