Greetings from the PNW!

raneym305

Electromatic
May 16, 2022
8
Olympia, WA
Welcome. I'm also in Washington state. There are a couple of interesting listings on CL in the Seattle area, a White Falcon and 5129. Washington is a huge state and it may be that you are far, far away from Seattle.

Good luck on your quest.
I'm actually only down in Olympia, but I've been scouring craigslist and FB marketplace for weeks and haven't seen a white falcon.
 

ThePluckedString

Electromatic
Apr 27, 2022
35
Centralia, WA
I’m just down the road from you. New member also.

I’ve also not been satisfied with Les Pauls, though I love the look. Now I have a Vintage Select ‘53 Duo Jet I’m in love with. I think it’s really the Filtertrons and Dynasonics that sucked me in. And you’re right, a hollow body Gretsch has a special magic!
 

raneym305

Electromatic
May 16, 2022
8
Olympia, WA

It's probably a scam! Too cheap and no details. I've had really good luck shopping CL, probably because I stay away from listings like this.
Yeah, I saw that one and figured it was a scam as well. I stopped by Guitar Center at South Center last night and played a Broadkaster Jr.... It was very underwhelming. Maybe it was the amp (Supro Delta King 10), or a combination of the two; but it just lacked the clarity and definition that you expect from a Gretsch. It was very mid "heavy" and sort of muddy.
 

raneym305

Electromatic
May 16, 2022
8
Olympia, WA
I’m just down the road from you. New member also.

I’ve also not been satisfied with Les Pauls, though I love the look. Now I have a Vintage Select ‘53 Duo Jet I’m in love with. I think it’s really the Filtertrons and Dynasonics that sucked me in. And you’re right, a hollow body Gretsch has a special magic!
I switched from a Strat to a Tele about 10 years ago and since then have bought 3 Les Pauls— one with PAFs, one with BurstBuckers, and one with P90s—and I just couldn't really find what I was looking for with any of them. I love the single coils in my Tele, they were custom built for me by Pac. N.W. Guitars in Cheney, so now I'm looking for something with Humbuckers and I think the FilterTrons will do the trick!
 

GlenP

Country Gent
Jul 23, 2019
2,461
WA
Yeah, I saw that one and figured it was a scam as well. I stopped by Guitar Center at South Center last night and played a Broadkaster Jr.... It was very underwhelming. Maybe it was the amp (Supro Delta King 10), or a combination of the two; but it just lacked the clarity and definition that you expect from a Gretsch. It was very mid "heavy" and sort of muddy.
I asked that Craigslist seller to send me a picture of the label, it is an Electromatic 5422, not the Falcon shown in the stock photo.
 

ThePluckedString

Electromatic
Apr 27, 2022
35
Centralia, WA
Yeah, I saw that one and figured it was a scam as well. I stopped by Guitar Center at South Center last night and played a Broadkaster Jr.... It was very underwhelming. Maybe it was the amp (Supro Delta King 10), or a combination of the two; but it just lacked the clarity and definition that you expect from a Gretsch. It was very mid "heavy" and sort of muddy.
I have an Electromatic G5657t which is the same body type as a Broadkaster Jr. Obviously it doesn’t have the same pickups as the one you played, but I love that body size for more of a rocker, so I put TV Jones Supertrons in it (photo has original pickups) and they are fantastic. Certainly they need a little different amp settings from TVJ Classics, but they can have a beautiful sparkle or absolutely roar.

I can also follow the logic that if you’re buying a more expensive Proline model, it makes sense to look for one you love the sound of as is.
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J Bird

Synchromatic
Dec 2, 2016
729
Enumclaw
I believe that the broadcaster jr. has fulltrons, a little different than what you're looking for. Plus, last time I was in a GC, I went through a princeton, a deluxe reverb, then that Supro. The Supro definitely had the least definition.
 

raneym305

Electromatic
May 16, 2022
8
Olympia, WA
I have an Electromatic G5657t which is the same body type as a Broadkaster Jr. Obviously it doesn’t have the same pickups as the one you played, but I love that body size for more of a rocker, so I put TV Jones Supertrons in it (photo has original pickups) and they are fantastic. Certainly they need a little different amp settings from TVJ Classics, but they can have a beautiful sparkle or absolutely roar.

I can also follow the logic that if you’re buying a more expensive Proline model, it makes sense to look for one you love the sound of as is.
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That's a beautiful looking guitar!

If I still gigged or recorded, and I wanted a hollow / semi-hollow body to get a certain sound for a song or two, I would, without a doubt, get an Electromatic. I don't think there is any other guitar line out there in this price range that comes close to the build, finish, and feature quality of the Electromatic. But now; between work, kids, honey-do projects, I'm lucky if I get in more than a couple of playing each week. When I do play—whether it be for 5 minutes or 30 minutes—that's my time, and I just want to plug in (and unplug from the world) and make the sweetest sounds I can without much fuss.
 

raneym305

Electromatic
May 16, 2022
8
Olympia, WA
I believe that the broadcaster jr. has fulltrons, a little different than what you're looking for. Plus, last time I was in a GC, I went through a princeton, a deluxe reverb, then that Supro. The Supro definitely had the least definition.
Thanks for the info. I hadn't done any research on the Broadkaster specs, as I'm looking for a full-size hollow body.
 


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