If There Were No Gretsch; What Would You Play

Shock

Gretschie
Sep 7, 2020
454
Minnesota
Now, this is an interesting question! I've come back, time and again through my life, to the Gibson SG - they fit like a glove. For something formatted more like most Gretsches, I think I would stick with my ES-135 and ES-137.

But then again, there's always a Hofner Club.
I wanted an ES-135 for a long time and finally got a really sweet deal on one. A couple years later I discovered the G6120N, so now the 135 isn't getting played any more. I suppose it would come back out.

But more for the Flying V than the SG. Once I bought an Epi V back in the 90s as a backup guitar. Then I started playing it and it became my main guitar. The Epi V has been through the shop for wiring and Seymore Duncans. So I still have it. But I also picked up a Gibson V and put Classic 57s in it. I still pull out the V if I have to play up the neck, or for some occasions. For me the V fits like a glove. The lower bout goes up against the right thigh and I everything is in just the right place.

But I do have an SG that I put a Bigsby on. Just in case I need to play some Alice Cooper.
 

Desirsar

Gretschie
Jun 9, 2021
226
Lincoln, NE
If the same scenario happened where I wanted an ESP that was out of stock and picked my first Gretsch instead, I would have ended up with an Epiphone Casino. Reviews pushed me to the 5655 and never looked back.

Otherwise... yeah, ESP. I just like the pokey bodies.
 

BCRatRod73

Synchromatic
Sep 1, 2020
517
Mississippi
At 6’-6” I need a full size guitar otherwise I make the “normal” guitar look tiny. So, I’d get by with my Sheraton, Guild Starfire II, or Epi Swngster. Hopefully in this no-Gretsch scenario Ray Butts has created his masterpiece for us to install in our guitars. If not I could make do with P90s.
 

Synchro

The artist formerly known as: Synchro
Staff member
Jun 2, 2008
25,506
Tucson
At 6’-6” I need a full size guitar otherwise I make the “normal” guitar look tiny. So, I’d get by with my Sheraton, Guild Starfire II, or Epi Swngster. Hopefully in this no-Gretsch scenario Ray Butts has created his masterpiece for us to install in our guitars. If not I could make do with P90s.
Ray Benson is quite tall and I’ve read that his Telecaster has a somewhat oversized body, because if not, it would look like he look like he was playing a toy.
 


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