Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Neck reset?

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Looking to buy an original 1964 Gretsch Duo Jet, is it common for these guitars to need neck resets? Reason I ask is guy said they’res a finish crack just above the heel on the back of the neck and he said it will need a setup with truss rod adjustment as he hasn’t had a setup in 10 years. I’m going to see this guitar tomorrow. Anything else I should look for? Much appreciated!

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Solid body neck reset is not as common as hollow body but not out of the question either. A crack may mean it was dropped. Look at it closely.

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The string spacing is way off, so I’m guessing it hasn’t been played in a while. Aside from checking the crack, check the bridge height and pickup/string clearance, and neck bow - which could be significant but readily adjusted to bring things back in line. Also check for possible neck twisting.

I’ll bet you knew that, just my train of thought.

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Make sure the truss rod works smoothly. I had a '63 Jet Firebird and it was a great guitar. This Jet has the rarer "wiggly" handle. When using the Burns vibrato handle be very careful: the "blobby" end is all plastic and is prone to breaking off.

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Loosen the strings hold the body then wiggle the neck, any movement and you need a reset.

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Loosen the strings hold the body then wiggle the neck, any movement and you need a reset.

– Curt Wilson

This word of advice should be sticky.

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Bridge height should be around 3/4 to 1" too much lower could mean problems. If it has high action up the neck and a lowish bridge you likely need a reset. Check for a ski jump on the fretboard extension too. I like how lived in it looks.

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The string spacing is way off, so I’m guessing it hasn’t been played in a while. Aside from checking the crack, check the bridge height and pickup/string clearance, and neck bow - which could be significant but readily adjusted to bring things back in line. Also check for possible neck twisting.

I’ll bet you knew that, just my train of thought.

– nielDa

Thanks! After looking closely at the pic again as I follow the low E string back to the bridge, it looks like the string isn’t sitting properly.

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Well the space adjust bridge could be way off. But I think it's pretty cool.

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Indeed. I just looks like the E string is off it's roller unit. Not a real problem.

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How’s the binding? Any sign of cracking or the start of deterioration?

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Didn’t buy it. Was more than a finish crack.

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Didn’t buy it. Was more than a finish crack.

– Malcolm77

That almost always seems to be the case. It would be pretty odd for a thin old nitro finish to develop a single big crack (as opposed to checking).


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