Why no GreTsch Bass threads???

englishman

Gretschified
Apr 5, 2014
12,998
Detroit
There has never been much traffic for basses in this forum.
I put it down to Gretsch's lack of imagination when it comes to basses, they tend to just 'bassify' a current model and call it good.

I haven't liked one of their basses since the Committee, which in itself is a bass version of the 6 string.



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gjohnson441496

Gretschie
Jan 2, 2018
220
USA
I'm a bass player as well. Fender, Musicman, and Rickenbacker has that market tied up. If you ever been on a bass forum, you'd think Fender is the only manufacture of basses. DISCLOSURE - I'm a Fender guy :)
 

Andrew Griffin

Synchromatic
Oct 22, 2015
807
I’m both a guitarist and bassist. I have several Gretsch guitars and a GreTsch Jr Jet II Bass. Why don’t I see any bass threads? I’ll say this my Jet is an amazing bass! Worth far more than the price charged! New bass will be the G5440LSB!
I'm not much of a bass player, but I have a 5440LSB and I break it out from time to time when the house is empty and I play away just to reboot my mind. I was a tuba/sousaphone player back in the high school marching band and feel badly that let exploring those lower registers in my life slip. My goal as a wannabe bass player is to be competent enough to play with my friend who is such a better guitar player than I that it's better to get out of his way. The 5440 is resonant enough to practice without plugging in, but there's no comparison with plugging in and feeling the vibrations. The head and cabinet pictured below are a gift from my friend who was scaling back his bass herd in order to concentrate on his guitars. Lucky me. IMG_1256.jpg
 

GoLeafsGo

Synchromatic
May 1, 2014
589
Ajax Ontario
I am primarily a bass player, and love my Jr. Jet. Not just a really good bass for the money, but a really good bass period. I play it as much as my far more expensive Fender or Godin basses. And one day, after the lottery comes through....my Holy Grail....a Thunder Jet!
 

HypotenusLuvTriangle

Country Gent
Oct 27, 2010
3,775
Whittier, Ca
I'm a bass player in the sense that I own a bass guitar and played Tuba from 5th Grade to Sophomore year in College. Yeah, Gretsch's offerings for basses aren't that inspired. I mean, if I had the cash and stuff, I'd totally buy the White Falcon Bass. That thing is gorgeous.
I got a BCRich Mockingbird Heritage Classic. Its awesome. Its a long scale and sort of difficult to play. But i love it.
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stevemorrison

Synchromatic
Jun 3, 2011
744
Dundee, SCOTLAND
Bass player here for longer than I care to remember, but Gretsch is not a company that you think about with bass guitars.

I have 2 basses left in my collection (both my own builds) a violin bass and a Jazz bass.
 

Tele295

Country Gent
Jun 4, 2008
2,769
Bigsby Springs, CA
There has never been much traffic for basses in this forum.
I put it down to Gretsch's lack of imagination when it comes to basses, they tend to just 'bassify' a current model and call it good.

I haven't liked one of their basses since the Committee, which in itself is a bass version of the 6 string.



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Similar in layout to my Cabronita bass
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englishman

Gretschified
Apr 5, 2014
12,998
Detroit
I'm a bass player in the sense that I own a bass guitar and played Tuba from 5th Grade to Sophomore year in College. Yeah, Gretsch's offerings for basses aren't that inspired. I mean, if I had the cash and stuff, I'd totally buy the White Falcon Bass. That thing is gorgeous.
I got a BCRich Mockingbird Heritage Classic. Its awesome. Its a long scale and sort of difficult to play. But i love it.
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Does that one neckdive? Looks like it should.
 

ColoCoug

Electromatic
Dec 9, 2011
25
Fort Collins CO
I came here looking for a bass forum. I'm a big fan of Gretsch basses. I have had a couple of 2202 basses, which are killer single-pickup solid bodies. No longer in production, the pickup was a very faithful reproduction of a TV Jones design. I'm not sure that the current chrome soapbars in the 2220 are as good.

My #1 Gretsch is a Thunderjet, which I bought used but minty, complete with case and all the original case candy. I've never mounted the pickguard because I can't stand the thought of making holes in the immaculate finish on that bass.

A few years ago with Gretsch teamed up with Guitar Center to bring out the Orange 5123B, I went to my local GC and told them if they could get one for me, I'd buy it. They got one from the Denver store and I've really enjoyed playing it. I'm usually not an orange finish fan, but the Gretsch orange is fantastic.

Finally, about three years ago my family surprised me by giving me a customized 2220 bass as a surprise. It's upgraded with a new bridge, TV Jones Thundertrons and an added control pot for the pickups. It is totally covered with Washington State University logos, images and photos; even the sides and the headstock are covered; the only part left out was the back of the neck.
 


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