Vintage Gretsch Guitars

The “Grady” project. Doing up a Bigsby inspired Gretsch.


The tonal difference really pops out from the Country Gent to the Bigbsy.

Agreed. And the first time I heard this clip, it kind of depressurized my ever-present latent Bigsby GAS. The Gent sounds so much better to me. Of course, who knows how many factors that may be the cause of that, but since I'll definitely never own a Bigsby and probably not a TK Smith, I'll go ahead and assume that I'm not missing much.


There's a BIG difference in the quality of the recordings here, so much so that it's hard to compare the two guitars. And there's certainly nothing worrying about the Bigsbys tone on the Burnett's recordings


Lets face it, for the style of music, the hollow body warmth and thickness fits the bill better. Or at least, what we have been ingrained to interpet as better. Though I saw Joe Pass playing an old Tele and killin' it.


I do think a good part of what most folks like about the Grady Bigsby tone is the dry tight hard hitting bass strings, kind of like picking way towards the bridge kind of sound. This may be a tall order with a hollow guitar with minimal bracing. Part of the reason I mentioned it might be cool to make this guitar as solid body like as is reasonably doable from the pickup cavity’s.


WOW!!! super cool!

I'm also thinking of buying me a guitar to put TK CAR PU's in it... I saw a pic of them ona new JET and the result looked real cool. I'm wondering if they sound better in a Jet or in a hollowbody. I prefer Dearmonds in a Jet guitar...

Your guitar will be awesome!! I'm having GAS now!


This post makes me want to grab a late 50s early 60s Clipper to Mod. I think sealing the top with no F holes, along with the shallow body would get you close to the Gent sound...


Close to done. Picked it up from Curt today. It’s really amazing.

Working with these tones is something else. I am beside myself with this guitar.

Have a few more bits to add.

Here’s it is right now. Thank you Curt.


The coolest Streamliner mod ever!


What a fun project that was, thanks for sending Grady my way.

I think everyone has seen this but here’s the project link. If you view it on an actual computer there are descriptions that I wrote.



What a great outcome, it looks awesome! I'd love to have a peek at the backside, maybe at an angle that shows the two tone. I looked at the Old School Guitar project link, and you just got to admit, Curt is amazing!


I never took one of just the back but I have this.


These pickups have me very curious as to how this thing will sound - looking forward to a video on your insta feed Fred ... sometime ... maybe?


These pickups have me very curious as to how this thing will sound - looking forward to a video on your insta feed Fred ... sometime ... maybe?

– Doppler

Yes this will happen soon. I’m picking it up constantly. It’s fantastic.

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