I didn’t even think a Gretsch would be made with a bolt on neck!
I had thought about the squirrel bass vi, but that bridge/vibrato is not even close to my favorite..
for the munny I may have to go for a Danny’Lectro.
The Squier Bass VI is great, and I love the strangle switch, but factor in the cost of a new nut and bridge, in my opinion. The plastic nut on mine was quickly ravaged by the heavy strings, especially with use of the vibrato. The stock bridge on mine also wouldn't intonate the low E. A staytrem bridge solved that, and gave it a lot more crisp punch, but at a cost of $100+.
I enjoy my baritones- I have both; got the black sparkly one when it was the only option, and got a hard tail when I had the opportunity, because I don't find myself ever using the Bigsby. One thing I'd like to find are flat wound strings for it though- no luck yet. I find the longer scale length feels good for me because I have big hands. I love the atmospheric tone the baritones have and I find that fingerpicking works better for me than chording. ENjoy yours.I'm thinking of getting one of these and tuning it down to E-e with heavier strings. I didn't like the original black sparkle ones with the Bigsby because the tension bar Bigsby was just a poor functional match, in my opinion. I'd go with a stoptail version and then decide if I wanted to mount my own vibrato (probably a Les Trem). Have they improved on the design?
I love my two set neck duo jets. I also love my bolt on neck Telecaster. I also love this bolt on neck 5260 baritone. Other than my acoustic, that’s all my guitars. I keep what works for me, and it’s taken a while to find these keepers. All are well-built, great-playing, great-sounding guitars. It would have been a shame to disqualify two of them out of hand because they are not set neck guitars.A bolt on neck immediately disqualifies the guitar from consideration. It’s set neck or nothing at all.
I started out with bolt-on guitars. Nothing wrong with them per se. So much great music has been made using them and plenty of really great players have used them and continue to use them. The single coils of a Strat or that Tele sound are great for a lot of things. For me it comes down to perception of craftsmanship. I’d guess a chimp could probably be trained to attach the neck. Bolt-on guitars just seem cheap to me. Leo had a great design for building times as well as ease of repair. But the squared off block of wood the neck connects to just ends abruptly. It’s not aesthetically pleasing and the body doesn’t flow into the neck. Some manufacturers have designed a better bolt-on joint that looks much better. If Fender and the others that copied the squared off block would add a little end cap to mimic a set neck it would make the design flow better and be more aesthetically pleasing. I appreciate a good design. Leo’s design is utilitarian for good reason. Just my opinion. I did watch the Fender factory tour and came away with more respect for the process, but I do not like the neck joint.I love my two set neck duo jets. I also love my bolt on neck Telecaster. I also love this bolt on neck 5260 baritone. Other than my acoustic, that’s all my guitars. I keep what works for me, and it’s taken a while to find these keepers. All are well-built, great-playing, great-sounding guitars. It would have been a shame to disqualify two of them out of hand because they are not set neck guitars.
I wonder if the pickup routing would allow for the TV Jones block kit to be used to fit proper Filter’Tron pickups in there? Looks very similar to the older Pro Jets.
yeah, i’m betting mini hums routing is almost the same size as ft’s routs. curious to see if any wood would need to be removed.
I installed filters in my 2008 Pro Jet and used the TV block kit. Earlier years had slightly different routing but still fit the same mini humbuckers.yeah, i’m betting mini hums routing is almost the same size as ft’s routs. curious to see if any wood would need to be removed.
good to know. i’m not hurting for a 30” gretsch, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a back up. and those mini hums ain’t gonna do it for me…