1 Badpenguin 1 year ago Hey all, new to the forum here, so a little background info provided. Played bass professionally for 15 odd years, then switched to guitar. I collect, (my wife calls me "guitarded") rebuild, and play out occassionaly, having near 70 to choose from.So I am a recent convert to the world of Gretsch, getting a modern 2622T Streamliner a few months ago, and loving it to bits. A few tweaks here and there, minor filing of the nut, and she plays wonderfully and perfectly in tune. BUT.... she's not an old Gretsch.... (sigh)So a few days ago,. my wife and I were visiting Orlando FL, anniversary, and knowing one of my fav guitars shops is about 45 minutes away, packed up 4 guitars I just don't play, and headed out to see what I could trade for. An hour into shopping, which my wife is QUITE used too, I played a 67 SG Special, that wasn't special, a 135, a 335, then I saw her.....Sitting in a corner behind an amp, was this poor neglected beastie: A 1965 Gretsch Viking. I laughed at it. It's been refinished, had pickups and bridge changed, had holes filled where pots, mute, and on/off switch were, and had been "bedazzled" by a young girl and sparkle paint. I struck a chord, and the heavens opened up, that perfect G chord resonated thru the heavens, and a beam of holy light came down to be reflected in purple sparkles. My wife's reaction was akin to.... "Are you F-ing kidding me? That has been run over by the truck that delivers the ugly sticks!!!" So of course, after some negotiations, she came home with me.As we speak, I am in the process of adding the separate Vol controls, the electrical mute switch, and the 3 way tone switch. I will be adding a GFS Hot Nashville in the bridge, and replacing the "Fred" that's there now. She's an absolute joy to play, and over time, will be refinished.