I’m a casino man. Bought my daughter but it needs a setup. McCartney’s favourite type of guitar is a casino. They’re like a telecaster or a gretsch - hugely versatile, yet with a unique sound that sets them apart.
Mid to late Beatles - yesterday, you never give me your money, day in the life, let it be...
Pop - Dancing Queen, He ain't heavy, Knock three times, Tie a yellow ribbon, Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Rock and Roll - Runaway, Johnny B. Goode, Suspicious Minds, Can't Help Falling in Love, Viva Las Vegas...
I know I know.
But why don’t jazz players (outside of fusion and avant- garde ) like gretsches? I know part of it is the bigsby. And part of it is the clearer tone than PAFs.
I’ve never understood the anti-bending thing in jazz. Sure Wes never bent strings. But Wes played fencing wire gauge...
A lighter spring makes a difference. I put reverend springs in my two bigsby guitars. I was told here I’d keep it in the solidbody but revert to the stiffer spring in the hollow. This was accurate. The response, for me at least is a bit better with the lighter spring.
The first time I walked into a guitar centre - the Times Square one (New York of course) - I was blown away. Sure we have great shops here in Australia. But the range was nowhere near what you see in the states. I found the service really good - same with the Sam ash in Nashville.
This is not...
I have a couple. One I used on my solid body mandolin just to tame those high frequencies. I have a 10 band I’m going to plug through my fender greta amp to try and see if I can expand its tones. (It’s a great little amp but I can’t leave things alone).
That’s lovely. I’ve got a squier stock one except I put a reverend spring in it and mine has a maple fretboard. It’s a great guitar and yes if I’m not sure whether it’s a gretsch or tele gig it’s a great compromise.
‘Don’t get a telecaster’
‘Don’t get a gretsch’
‘You don’t need music theory’
‘Why don’t you concentrate on bass?’ (Not because bass is bad, or even that I’m not a competent bassist. But jealous guitarists can say things that aren’t always true.’
‘Don’t touch the truss rod’...
I have a gretsch 4250T electromatic from 2015. It's beautiful. I believe it has a B60 Bisby.
Is the roller bar on it? The thing that I am supposed to put the strings under, but some people tell me to put them over the top?
Does it make a difference to stability? Expression? etc.
I’d argue that the best guitar to graduate to electrics from acoustics would be a gretsch. Maybe a casino.
Has gretsch ever made an ugly guitar? Even the Bo Diddley is charming. Yours is beautiful.
10s -46 are perfect. Wound G if you don’t want to bend.
It’ll need a set up. Plenty of...
Well I was going to buy the wexelthurser 4000 (the number referring to the cost) but till they put a 7th knob on it it’s just lacking something ;)
In all seriousness, I knew a major shop in in Sydney was on its way out when they didn’t have any blues drivers.
So a Kennedy conspiracy theorist dies and goes to the pearly gates. He finds himself in a line and it turns out that the first thing that happens is you can ask any question and at Peter will answer with the truth. So the first person says ‘who was Jack the Ripper?’ And St Peter said ‘he was an...