1 Journeyman 4 months ago Haven't been around lately; not that anyone should care too much; been renovating a house since May; man am I tired; not to mention out of shape on the guitar. I take a day off before a gig to try to pull it together, but I don't think I can get away with that for too much longer. Anyway, I just felt like posting something, and in missing playing the guitar every day (I love to practice and write music) I was thinking about how good Gretsch guitars sound, and also how subjective perceptions of sound can be. For instance, a while back, I sold a 6118T that had TV Jones Classics. I always liked the guitar, but since I got this 1960 Annie conversion done, it has become my main instrument. Here's a question: When the buyer plugged in and played the 6118T to check it out, it sounded soooooo good to my ears, like I'd never heard it that way before. It had that 'Great Gretsh Sound' in spades; twang, evocatice, atmospheric tone...... Now, I can understand listening to someone else playing your own acoustic and perceving the sound differently, simply because the sound is coming towards you and not going away from you, but with an electric played through an amp, this wouldn't normally be a factor, because you'd be used to having the sound come at you from different angles. Why would it sound so different hearing someone else play it? I'm not talking about attack, harmonic vocabulary, etc., simply about the tone; the sound of the guitar, that 'Great Gretsch Sound.'I suspect there is some psychology at play here. Could it be something like, when you play your own guitar, you're used to the sound and a certain complacency settles in; it sounds like what you expect? When you hear someone else play it, the familiar tactile component of the experience has been removed, and you're hearing the sound in a purer way, and it's more of a suprise?Once when I was teaching a student, I was showing him some lines that slipped 'outside' the harmony and back in. When the student played a line, it sounded really interesting to me, but when I played the exact same line, it didn't have the same excitement. During the lesson, Don Thompson (Jim Hall's old bass player who has GREAT ears) walked into the room (we shared an office) and I asked him why it sounded so much better when the student played the lines. He said, "Oh, well it's a suprise when you hear him do it. When you do it you know what you're going to play." If that's the case, it seems to support the overall theory behind this post.Any thoughts or similar experiences?