Gretsch-GEAR Other electric solidbodies 8217 BST 1000

1981 Gretsch 8217: 10-02XX

Owned by
Troy Martin
Body style
Single Cutaway Solidbody
Black Sparkle/Silver Sparkle
Rosewood with Dot inlays
Delrin/Synthetic Bone with zero fret
DiMarzio or generic humbucker
  • Neck pickup volume
  • Bridge pickup volume
  • Master Tone (knob)
  • Pickup selector switch
  • G-Arrow knobs
Bigsby B-5 "Horseshoe Bigsby"

The only parts that are original are the wood, truss rod, fret wire nut, and the serial number sticker.

Unusual factory features

It "called to me" from the rack of guitars.

Added to Gretsch-GEAR
5 years ago Last modified 2017-09-03 22:41:01

I bought it in July 1982 from my friend Dede Rizzo, who was working at Freehold Music located at Monmouth Mall in Eatontown NJ. It still has the nicest guitar neck that I have ever felt. It was brand new and it came with a Gretsch case. I paid $220 for it. The guitar was brown with a tan 80's Gretsch drum logo on the headstock. It had 2 DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups, 1 volume, 1 tone, and the strings went through the back. I replaced the pickups in 1983 with a Seymour Duncan 59 for the neck, and a JB for the bridge. The original case was stolen in 1985. In 1987, I overhauled it at Ziggie's Music, based on my design ideas. I filled in the back, added a Bigsby B-5, and a Melita bridge. I also found a vintage Gretsch headstock logo at a guitar store in Tempe, Arizona. I did all of the sanding by hand, and the paint spray was done by Matt Borque. In 2013, Richard Gifford did some adjustments to the bridge and the Bigsby. This year, I shielded the body cavity & the pickguard, and it was rewired by Billy Zoom at Billy Zoom Music. He even gave me a new Gretsch case. This is my most prized guitar.

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