What you would do different to Gretsch Guitars
I'm curious if anyone else thinks about this but there are things that I wish Gretsch would change (or offer as different options) about certain guitars. For instance;
No backpad on the double cutaways. I know you'd have to put something on the back to get to the pickups and such but a big-o' black pad, really?
Vertical logos on all Falcons. Forget historically correct. They used to make it that way so wouldnt that be a version of historically correct? just saying...
A semi-hollow 5122. I would love it, but I guess that sounds too Gibsony, eh?
Not complaining just making suggestions of having more choices for people. Just curious what you have thought about changes (or different options) to current models.
I'd offer the wider nut (45mm) and neck, as on the Country Gentleman 6122-1959, as an option for just about any and every GreTscH guitar!
I prefer it, Yes, I DO!
And I'd offer models that do not have Real eff-holes, as the Country Gentleman 6122-1959, the option of NOT having the painted on simulations, but only the unblemished Beauty of the natural wood (or color, such as the Country Club of my avatar).
Tom - Stingker
EMG pickups as stock on all models...
But seriously though, vertical logo on the Silver Falcon.
What would I do different? Lemme think. Not a thing. Not a damn thing...
Make them in the U.S.A.
TV Jones pickups and TruArc Bridges as standard equipment on all models.
Make them in the U.S.A.
Only if the consistency of quality and degree of quality was better than what we have from Japanese manufacture...
From a difference perspective, I would like to see more P90s, more natural finishes, thicker hollow bodies, less gold, and more cat's eyes.
Bring back the 6120N as full hollow body with Dynas and a chunky neck measuring 1.75" at the nut.
I would request bone or optional brass nuts stock on every model, Syncro-sonic bridges with metal saddles, a revamped Adjustomatic or other tuneomatic style bridge, 1" Bigsby springs on all "Licensed by" Bigsby's, a solid body bass (I have a design if you're interested!), and a USA factory to compliment Terada and the other Asian factories. I guess Fender USA isn't tooled up for Gretsch, right?
Let's see now, the changes I would like to see Gretsch make. Hmmm ...
A 5122 12 string. Oh wait, they're doing that as the 5422-12.
Better pickups on the 5120s and 5122s. Hmmm, they're doing that too with the 5420 and 5422.
Bring back the white projet. Danged if they aren't 3 for 3 here.
Better color range with the Electromatics. Looks like they are doing that too.
They ought to pay me for all these great ideas I've been having.
OK, here's one they haven't done ... yet.
- Bring back the DeArmond 2000s and make them available on any of the Electromatic models and the Tennessee Rose.
That's a good start.
Build them like they used to so they would sound and feel like they used to.
Curt, I'm intrigued. I'm no kind of expert on Gretsches... and only have experience of post 2003 production. How would the old ones differ?
I would send one of each to my house to be thoroughly tested by me for at least one year until the new models came out for the following year.
Secret Agent Man
I would make TV J's Standard Equipment and have more color options.
Bring back the DeArmond 2000s and make them available on any of the Electromatic models and the Tennessee Rose. -- dbirchett
Why would you want to put DeArmond 2000's in a Tennessee Rose? What is wrong with either the HiLo's or the Filters? I suppose that, just for the sake of variety, you could put the 2000's in one, but I actually like the choices that we already have for that particular model.
Have the option of tone knobs instead of tone switches on all guitars. Hollowbody Jet
To me, the White Falcon's binding and f-holes don't look right. The sparkle should be visible when viewed from the front of the guitar, and not just the side or at an angle. And the black stripes around the f-hole should be wider, too.
I guess, while I'm at it, the "aged" finish on the lacquer finish models should be more yellow and not light tan/gray.
Lastly (for now), I got think the grade (curvature) of the tops are the same as vintage models from the 50's, which I prefer.
Mustafa Stefan Dill
1) I second or third the vote for TVs and Tru Arcs to be standard equipment, or at least readily available upgrades from the factory.
2) 25 1/2 scale jets.
3) Ive ranted about the labrynthine model numbering system and website issues, and those arent specifically guitar -build related, so I wont go there here.
Pro Line Corvette
Haven't tried the TVs yet, but if they are as good as everyone says then I'll amend my first comment to agree with Mustafa's here. I do like the stock pups a lot though. And after all, they ARE Gretsch. No?
Pro Line Corvette
Better yet, just dump the whole concept of the 'electromatic' line completely. Just build guitars that are Gretsch guitars and priced accordingly.
Not sure TVJ could handle the volume without significant reorganization, and then would the quality hold?
I'd like either a T-Armond option on the T-Rose (doin' it my-DANG-self next week) or better yet a Dyna Club in T-Rose red.
I'm for the stock TruArcs if Prot is set up to meet that demand (and if he got a bit more of a living out of it).
But my biggest recommendation is a pot upgrade. Linear tapers, or some other upgrade that would allow for more even control all the way from 0-10, as opposed to little change from 0-8 and a huge jump from 8-10.
Also, more Dyna models with ebony boards and thumbnails.
Agreed about US production with good benefits and job security for luthiers. But I'd also like them at half price. Those things don't really work together.
Get David Barnes from Vintage47 to design a new GreTscH-Supro repro amp.
But my biggest recommendation is a pot upgrade. Linear tapers, or some other upgrade that would allow for more even control all the way from 0-10, as opposed to little change from 0-8 and a huge jump from 8-10. -- Strummerson
+1000 to that!