NGD - First Gretsch!

Stax2112

Electromatic
Jan 23, 2023
5
Sydney, Australia
Hi guys, I’ve been playing guitar for ~20 years now and just bought my first Gretsch. I went entry level to see how I like the full hollow body thing and grabbed a Streamliner G2410T in gold dust. So far I’m really enjoying it!

Likes:
- Feels great out of the box
- Sounds great out of the box
- Big warm tone, nice pickups
- Fit and finish of the guitar are all very good

Dislikes:
- Some buzzing when playing open G - I think its the saddles/piece
- Bigsby loses tuning sometimes
- Tone knob has a weird taper and is almost useless

For an entry level guitar its great though, I’m quite impressed and will enjoy this thing for some time.

Interestingly when I tried it in the store there was another exact same guitar in a different colour, but it sounded completely dead in comparison. I was surprised how much variance there could be in 2 brand new, exact same instruments!
 

Landshark2020

Gretschie
Sep 4, 2020
169
95051
Hi guys, I’ve been playing guitar for ~20 years now and just bought my first Gretsch. I went entry level to see how I like the full hollow body thing and grabbed a Streamliner G2410T in gold dust. So far I’m really enjoying it!

Likes:
- Feels great out of the box
- Sounds great out of the box
- Big warm tone, nice pickups
- Fit and finish of the guitar are all very good

Dislikes:
- Some buzzing when playing open G - I think its the saddles/piece
- Bigsby loses tuning sometimes
- Tone knob has a weird taper and is almost useless

For an entry level guitar its great though, I’m quite impressed and will enjoy this thing for some time.

Interestingly when I tried it in the store there was another exact same guitar in a different colour, but it sounded completely dead in comparison. I was surprised how much variance there could be in 2 brand new, exact same instruments!
Hello Stax, nice choice, you are spot on in your review. I think with just a few minor upgrades, these guitars can be very nice and more than entry level. I have the burgundy version.

Dislikes:
- Some buzzing when playing open G - I think its the saddles/piece - mine was the b string saddle was loose and always buzzed
- Bigsby loses tuning sometimes - same thing, bigsby is pretty much limited
- Tone knob has a weird taper and is almost useless - same thing, no difference in tone from 2-9, very little tonal change when used.

Enjoy!
Landshark
 

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Randy99CL

Country Gent
Gold Supporting Member
Feb 17, 2020
2,351
Albuquerque
Yes, congratulations, good choice! Many of us started our Gretsch journey with Streamliners (mine was a G2622).

Bigsby tuning problems are always strings sticking in the nut or bridge, easy to fix. 99% are the nut, do you know how to treat the slots? I opened the slots and use nut sauce.

Everyone complains about the pots. When you turn one pickup off the other goes dead too. Some buy a whole new harness from TV Jones but I don't want to spend that much so am looking for a good schematic so I can rewire/repot it myself.
Otherwise, most just use it as it is. Adjust tone at the amp or with pedals.

I wish they were perfect out of the box but compared to others (at that price point) they are fantastic! A little TLC and they play and sound way above their pay grade.
 

BCRatRod73

Synchromatic
Silver Member
Sep 1, 2020
902
Mississippi
Nice introduction to the brand. But hopefully you are aware you have just started an addiction. One Gretsch is simply not enough. Soon you will be looking for a second Gretsch.
 

tmcq65

Gretschie
Nov 10, 2021
211
Eastern Tennessee
Everyone complains about the pots. When you turn one pickup off the other goes dead too. Some buy a whole new harness from TV Jones but I don't want to spend that much so am looking for a good schematic so I can rewire/repot it myself.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for the wiring diagram.


I printed it out for my upgrade....what a difference. I added a treble bleed on the master volume.
 

Stax2112

Electromatic
Jan 23, 2023
5
Sydney, Australia
Thanks guys, I’ll post a pic shortly.
Appreciate the tips re nut/bridge (I have some nut sauce I’ll try when I restring), and also wiring.
I’ll leave it stock for now but I have in mind to upgrade the wiring in future - better pots, and I’d like to add a bypass option that basically just wires the master volume to the output jack (ie, no individual volume or tone pots in the circuit). Perhaps a push/pull master volume.
 

Ricochet

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Gold Supporting Member
Nov 13, 2009
23,195
Monkey Island
Welcome to Gretsch-Talk! Yeah, the hardware on your guitar will not be the best. Easy to fix or replace but that’s another thread. :)
 

Rob_Brindley

Gretschie
Jul 22, 2019
358
Stoke-On-Trent, England
Congrats! Welcome to the forum.

I started out with a streamliner before I moved on to the pro-line stuff and, in my opinion, they're the best value for money out there. They also lend themselves to modding very, very well. Over time, I replaced the wiring and Pickups with TV Jones Setzer sigs and loom, swapped the bridge for a tru-arc, swapped the Bigsby out for a proper B6C and swapped the plastic knobs / switch tip for metal ones. It's a great sounding, stable, reliable guitar that I still have. I don't play it as much now I have the pro-line stuff, but if I'm travelling abroad, it's the one I take! They're brilliant to start with and an incredible base to work from over time if you want to.
 


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