NGD So This Happened Today... Now With Pics!

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  1. big daddy

    big daddy Well-Known Member

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    Out gear hunting with my fellow gear hog and good friend Dean, and couldn't pass this one up at GC.

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    I've played several of the bigger bodied versions and even tried yet another one today in a beautiful dark green, but this one beat them all. For the record, I was hoping the bigger bodied green one would be the victor, but the hands and ears don't lie.

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    It's a G2655T CAR, also known as a Streamliner Centerblock Jr. in Candy Apple Red. Damn you Guitar Center... they had this "sale priced" at $449.00, which is $100.00 less than pretty much anyone else.

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    Big ol' honking MOT (mother of toilet seat) block inlays, gretsch describes this as a "Thin U shape", but I'd call it a semi-chunky U shape myself. Fits my hands well and feels similar to my beloved Ibanez Artcore (AFS75T).

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    The candy apple red finish is flawless and deep, but also subtle in it's sparkle. Very classy, IMHO.

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    The licensed Bigsby B50 is quiet, smooth and seems to work just fine with the TOM bridge and simulated bone nut. I may swap out the bridge for a roller, but I'll give the original a chance before I do that. The pickups sound like Gretsch'y humbuckers... warm but articulate neck, spanky middle, and a honking/twangy bridge. Right up my alley! Overall, the guitar feels solid and well made. The tuners are nice and smooth, nut seems cut well, no strings binding, etc... The master volume is a little aggressive but otherwise, the electronics seem okay.

    I can't wait to A/B it with my Ibanez Artcore, which is my main gigging axe. Hopefully, they will compliment each other and not sound too alike. The plan for the Gretsch is to become my number 2 gig guitar.

    Alas... I am recovering from back to back gigs (Friday night, Saturday afternoon) and my old fingers are a bit sore right now (yep, I'm outta shape folks). I will post an update and hopefully some sound clips in the very near future... possibly record an A/B between the Ibby and Gretsch to see what the forum thinks.
     
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    bc rich Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I see 5 photobucket adds, ? or is it just me.
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    That's a bad thing to happen, for us to not see pics of this beauty
     
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    JeffBeck Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Photobucket sucks these days. Used to be fantastic but now they are being dicks.
     
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    RedLesPaul Well-Known Member

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    me too
     
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    Mark W Well-Known Member

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    Please update your boasting to enable third party pics :)
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    This is starting to happen so often that I'm beginning to think there should be a sticky about using Photobucket to host posted pics...
     
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    SamIV Well-Known Member

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    Just take crappy phone pics and upload from the phone. At least there will be pics, albeit crappy ones.

    Happy NGD, even though I don't see it yet.
     
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    Dickbucket?
     
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    +1

    I think this is going to backfire on Photobucket. Their service wasn't that good when it was free. I can't imagine anyone wanting to pay for it.
     
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    Dropped Photobucket years ago. Using Imgur now with no problems.
     
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    big daddy Well-Known Member

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    I'm really sorry guys. The pics were there last night when I created the post. I will get an alternative host and pics up as soon as I can.
     
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    big daddy Well-Known Member

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    Bump for fixed pics!
     
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    Great score (now that we can finally see it). Congrats and welcome to Club Gretsch - I think there might now be more of us than Agile owners for the first time in AGF's history (y) Any mods planned? (like changing out the knobs for chrome G ones?)
     
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    I love a nice Gretsch! It's interesting that you liked the centerblock model. The last Gresch I bought was a centerblock even though I kind of wanted to go with more of a traditional model. The Centerblock model just played and sounded much better and I just had to go that route. Congratulations and enjoy That Great Gretsch Sound!
     
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    big daddy Well-Known Member

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    I wholeheartedly agree. I'm planning to download the pics I want to save from PB, then I'll delete my account. If I recall, imageshack did the same thing. They were free and then one day, I couldn't even access my own pics on their site unless I paid them. Some bullsh*t about a 30 day free trial ending... Um, I was uploading for years and there were no problems.

    Looks like I'll have to check out what google has to offer.
     
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    big daddy Well-Known Member

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    GC didn't have anything but centerblock models in stock, so no option there to try anything different. My Ibanez is a true hollow body (even though it's a thin body) and I LOVE how easy it is to get that guitar to feedback. Hoping the Gretsch will do the same.
     
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    big daddy Well-Known Member

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    I'm okay with the knobs for now, but who knows ;)

    Only possible mod is a roller bridge but the TOM is working okay for the moment.
     
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    I'm just going to leave my pics there. I've got them all on my computer, anyway, and if I delete them from PB, then all my build and review threads on various forums over the last 10 years will have broken photo links. I've checked some past threads to make sure my pics were still there, and they are...

    It looks like photos that were hosted previous to the change-over have been 'grandfathered in', in a manner of speaking. That could change in the future, but as long as Photobucket is willing to host my old pics, I'll let 'em.
     

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