Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Super Axe re-build(?)

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Decided to collect asstd vintage Gretsch parts over the past decade & rebuild my fav Axe (from a previous life) ... jst polished it out this weekend

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with VOX bridge + TVJ Classic HBs

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Blackberry super-flake (urethane) + vintage nos Schaller tuning machines

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DId you build this from scratch or is it a rebuild of an existing guitar? Nice job regardless.

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Killer purple sparkle ... . looking good!

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Did it originally have the Pick-guard with effects? If so, how did you work around that?

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NOS parts (1974-1990s) + neck off totally trashed 90s Rancher - no pickguard - no phaser, it was considered but decided to leave that back in 1979 (where it belongs imo)

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Very nice! Could you describe your finishing process? Is it something a home DIY guitar builder can do? I've sprayed lacquer and shallac but never a urethane product.

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Very nice! Could you describe your finishing process? Is it something a home DIY guitar builder can do? I've sprayed lacquer and shallac but never a urethane product.

– Frank_NH

Highly doubtful, but you might get lucky. Urethanes are pretty nasty & should be handled in contained area (industrial). This is 4 stage automotive finish (bass boat) - my background exp = 30+yrs of spraying custom finishes on surfboards & guitars. Also, the diamond clear by House of Kolor is not something you'd wanna mess w/ around the house. And once you start you cant stop (takes several days). I did this one a few years ago w/ nitrocellulose lacquer (pic) Ya cant rattle can nitrocell lacquer, no matter what ppl tell/sell you - the free-flow agents required to spray degrade overall finish so they almost always end of crackling in the end.

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Wow! You do BEAUTIFUL work. filthypit!

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Not my taste, but very nice work!

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Very nice ! Did you buy a blank body as the ones offered in eBay ?

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Seriously, if I'd seen this in store my wallet would have been much lighter and my grin much much bigger.

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THAT is a Super Axe. Nice work!

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Love that finish and the other mods you've made!

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Excellent build and that color is stunning. Good on ya!

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excellent job!! great 3-d flake

gretsch oughta add something like that to their line!!!..a modern players super axe..that body shape was always killer

cheers

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excellent job!! great 3-d flake

gretsch oughta add something like that to their line!!!..a modern players super axe..that body shape was always killer

cheers

– neatone

I totally agree....that body shape is better than 95% of the body shapes that have come along since. That's a very sleek, sexy looking guitar.

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Hello,

I just make the plunge and bought raw body and neck of a super axe, to build it as a lefty model.... I'm looking for informations about the guitar :

is the body flat or carved ? It seems almost flat, for a first time build I think it will be better for me if the body was flat like let's say, a Rickenbacker...

What kind of truss rod to fit ? I will probably go for a heel "spoke nut" style, for the ease of fitting and it will leave the headstock free of truss rod cover... I will then need to let a little space between the fretboard and the neck pickup...

If the raw body turns ok, I would love to do a light cherry finish like this one : Link Any advices are welcome


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