Look What The Cat Dragged In.. (gretsch Content)

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  1. nomadh

    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    behind his pickup truck through the gravel pit.

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    Once again. Most pictures won't post inline.

    Looks to have been a 2626 in a previous life. The neck is an ibby gio. Any guesses if this thing has a chance of intonating? Any input as to the pickups? I'm reading 7k and 7.8k.
    What where and how much for the wraptail? Will it be the same one for the axl project I haven't started yet? :)
    It was crazy to bother with it but I'm sort of on a hollowbody kick and for $30 I figured it's worth a look.
     

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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    Inline pic upload don't work here either
     

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    Wait, you found this guitar? Someone tossed it?
     
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    Just need a little TLC
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    Here's some info I found. Seems it's hard to tell if this is a 1626 or 2626.
    tartanphantomCountry Gent
    1. SparkleJets were made in Korea, not China. They were manufactured between 1999 and 2003. Some say Electromatic, and some say Synchromatic on the headstock, but essentially they are the same guitars. Some have a solid top, and some have a single f-hole, but essentially they are the same guitars. The serial number was on a paper adhesive label, usually near the heel of the neck. Unfortunately, paper labels have a way of disappearing, so many of them do not sport serial numbers. Consequently, it's almost impossible to differentiate between the different year-models, except to say that they were all made within a 5-year span and were discontinued in 2003.

      However, they are very fun guitars, and make excellent budget modding platforms if you are so inclined.
     
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    Synchromatic Sparkle Jet (G1629)

    The Synchromatic Jet Series: Classic and Cool!
    The Sparkle Jet is a straightforward, rockin' axe. Finished in stunning Red Sparkle, the Sparkle Jet features a semi-hollow body with f-hole, two chrome humbucker pickups, a maple bolt-on neck with rosewood fingerboard, a chrome plated wraparound bridge, one volume and two tone control, a 3 way pickup selector, and die cast tuners.

    Specifications
    Model - G1629 Sparkle Jet
    Description - Double Pickup Electric
    Colors - Red Sparkle
    Hardware - Chrome
    Neck Type - Bolt-On
    Neck Wood - Maple
    Fingerboard - Rosewood
    Scale - 24-3/4"
    Frets - 22
    Inlays - Dot
    Width - 12-3/4"
    Depth - 1-5/8"
    Top - Laminated Body
    Binding - None
    Bridge - Wrap Around Tailpiece
    Pickguard - None
    Pickup - 2 Chrome Humbuckers
    Controls
    - Master Volume
    - Two Tone
    - 3 Way Toggle

    Other Colors G1625 - Black Sparkle
    G1626 - Silver Sparkle
    G1627 - Blue Sparkle
    G1628 - Gold Sparkle
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    No, I got it for $30. He was going to toss it but put it on cl for best offer.
     
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    For $30 I would have grabbed that too. Nice looking body and the pickup resistance readings seem promising for vintage tone.

    I'm skeptical of the 25.5" scale Ibby neck properly intonating with the the 24.45" scale Gretsch body. I'd be on the lookout for a cheap bolt on LP style neck, like from a Gibson Maestro or Baldwin.
     
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    Electrical tape accents FTW!
     
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    I'm seeing 24 3/4 also. I suspect its a no go. The seller wasn't sure it ever played as it is and sold it as a pile of parts really. Maybe as is for slide? Good way to train your ear and ignore the frets.
    I was going to measure from the nut to 12th fret then from 12 to bridge. I'm thinking it wont even be very close.
     
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    wow, I was expecting to find CC deville

    and it wasn't far off...


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    ok, its the monster (again), but this time I make amends, because you know what ELSE shows up when you google image search the screechy one?

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    dunno why, but bask in the healing rays....
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    Not a fair comparison. Wasn't CC pretty at that age too? And didn't he also play sparkly guitars? :)
     
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    Whats a good adjustable wrap bridge that isn't too expensive? I see lots on ebay for 8 to $15 but they mostly look like pot metal/zinc. I want something at least good enough that the screws wont strip out? I see the wilkinson with the G string only adjustable and I suppose that would work but I do like the idea of fully adjustable badass type.
     
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    Pulled that right off. Still need to clean the residue
     
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    Just measured the neck and it's 11 5/8 " to th 12 th fret.
    So a 23 1/4" neck? It's way too short. For this neck the bridge would have to be in the middle of the pup route
     
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    Sounds like the neck should go... you know one neck that isn't right. Still, the pickups are worth more than $30. The body is worth more than $30. You got a steal there. I'd think if you can find a fitting neck that returns it to the proper scale length, the bridge choice will become easy.
     
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    Let sleeping cats lie...
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    Just did a YUGE big 3 swap meet yesterday. Usually piles of old epi jr s there, this time not a 1. GuEss I'm looking at $50 for one on let go or $25 for one without a nUT or bridge.
     
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    The SparkleJets or with the ugly patch on the front now called spacklejet is a bit more cleaned up now. I may have to put some glue where the top and bottom meet the side wood. It looks like it got elcabong-ed pretty good. I scraped off the rough sbacle with a razor blade and sanded the area with wet 600 grit. Any ideals that might shine that area up better? It may be getting a sticker.
    Here's the look now.

    Once again it won't let me post the pic inline. Anyone have an idea why? I only have the delete option?
     

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