Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Add on trestle bracing

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Had to share this one, it’s really clear how much T bracing stiffens up the neck joint.

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Great shot! I'm always curious what the insides of a chambered, hollow or semi hollow guitar looks like.

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So cool! Amazes me the work that you do. Is the measuring for something like this a nightmare?

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Wow. Never again will the question of trestle bracing need complex explanation - just point the enquirer to this thread. If ever there was a candidate for a sticky this'd be it.

Nice work, Curt, as always.

So, what is this bad boy, Club? it looks big enough, but could just as easily be an Annie, I guess.

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I just noticed it's a combination of heavy and light. It has the little plinths only found on light bracing, but the centre block only found on heavy bracing.

Cool...

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Wow. Never again will the question of trestle bracing need complex explanation - just point the enquirer to this thread. If ever there was a candidate for a sticky this'd be it.

Nice work, Curt, as always.

So, what is this bad boy, Club? it looks big enough, but could just as easily be an Annie, I guess.

– Deke Martin

Thanks Deke, It started life as a 62 Anniversary!

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So cool! Amazes me the work that you do. Is the measuring for something like this a nightmare?

– Suprdave

Measure?

Yeah measuring and then getting the proportions right took some time. I'm amazed that the old schoolhouse wood has the same grain structure as what's on the guitar.

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Then it was like this for a couple of years.

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You should put some trestles in that bass!

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Did you add the trestles specifically to stiffen up the neck joint? Or were you fighting feedback, or?

If ever there was a candidate (before/after) to demonstrate how trestles change the tone of a guitar, that's the guitar.

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it's looking amazing!

the motives are even a little more nefarious than just fighting feedback.

it's one of my two main guitars. This one wass previously an anniversary, now modded to be a tenny.

the 1960 tenny I have has the half trestling and a PAF... it feeds-back in all the right places and has an overall incredible tone. I wanted both guitars to be as similar as possible after a few shows where the 1962 tenniversary just didn't cut the mustard.

We talked about the difference in pick-ups and the difference in trestling. So...ultimately we decided to change both!

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I'd love to hear your descriptions of how the trestles changed the tone and feel of that guitar. I know we've talked about trestles quite a bit on here, but rare is the occasion to actually compare trestles vs none in the SAME GUITAR...

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Absolutely. I'm a scientist by trade and I can't believe I missed the chance to do a case study! I have some video clips of the before, but nothing studio quality. but I'll absolutely write something up and try and provide some comparable points.

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It's difficult to see in the small images but it's crazy how the grain matches.

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This one looked like this.

– Curt Wilson

Is that the original neck block, or did you already beef it up for the trestlifying? I wouldn't have guessed that there would be such a large block for the little dovetail that it's holding.

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That's the factory block. I assume it's that large because some of the earlier smaller blocks failed.

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My '58 Streamliner has the same massive tenon block. I would have thought the HiLo Annies went back to the small tenon block of the '50's but apparently not.

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Time to unclamp and to apply some binding.

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I see no straps or whips, not that I would know if they're needed.

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Amazing work Curt, Its great to see good old American Craftsmanship alive and well. That grain match is like a million to one, I'd say that you are on the right Path


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