Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Country Club Variations

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JCHiggy, thank you for the information. When I bought the guitar, around 1990, they told me the colour was named walnut. So it is possible for me to learn something new.

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Pretty impressive collection Ralf!

I believe your 1977 7577 is Antique Maple.

My uncle had a walnut 78 Club and it was very dark,just like this one.

– JCHiggy

Nice clean design JC. Change out the chessey knobs for G-Arrow chromes and you're set.

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The 1962. I forget what the pot codes are. But has Trestle Bracing, thin body like the Electrotones. Lots of sustain. I pulled the original pickups and installed a set of the Ray Butts. Sounds amazing. Killer with a JangleBox mini and a Marshall 18 watt amp/alnico Celestion speaker that's actually older than the guitar..

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Early 1964. Pots have date code of the second week of February.. just about the time The Beatles landed...lol. Thin body, No Trestle bracing..I pulled the pickups in this one as well.. TV Jones SuperTron in the neck and a Brian Setzer Signature in the bridge. wide neck: 1.72" at the nut and 2.12" at the 12th fret. They should all play like this one!!

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Hey Don... what's with the B7 on the '64 Club? Was that by necessity (break angle), aesthetics, or convenience (you already had the Bigsby)?

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Its funny, I was just looking at this, seems high, but it fits right in here--- Gorgeous Guitars Ralf

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Hey Don... what's with the B7 on the '64 Club? Was that by necessity (break angle), aesthetics, or convenience (you already had the Bigsby)?

– kc_eddie_b

Ed; Yeah, unfortunately it has a shallow break angle. I tried the old one on it first. But I have since found a few tricks and I'm going to try a regular B-6 Gretsch/Bigsby soon. If you drill a hole through the bottom of the spring plate it will secure the Bigsby to the top/brace. The B-6 was almost floating from the string tension and it sounded awful/no sustain because of the lack of tension on the bridge. I just hate the holes in the top that the B-7's leave..(snakebites).


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