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Gretsch 6118T-120 (Gretsch - G6118T-120 120th Anniversary)

By MGR/Don, 15/10/2004
I love to play Beatles stuff and this is my first hollowbody guitar. I had narrowed it down to the Gretsch or the Casino. Went with the Gretsch. More versitle than the Casino and it has the Bigsby. Went with this model because of the TV Jones pick ups and the Bamboo Yellow/Copper Mist color. Paid $1775.00 from Sweetwater Sound.

The tone and acoustic resonance are awesome. The TV Jones pick ups just ooze vintage vibe. I love the sound. The neck feels really nice and fits my hand well. Kind of like my Les Paul. It's a big body but very compfortable to play and I always play sitting down so that's saying something. I love the Bamboo Yellow/Copper Mist color combo.

The bridge is not anchored the the top of the guitar so it can move. Moving the bridge back and forth is actually how you adjust the intonation. The bridge would have to be anchored to the top to play live because otherwise it needs frequent tuning.

I have not found one flaw in the finish or the fit of any components. The binding looks perfect and the entire instrument looks and feels solid. This is one beautiful guitar. Like their ad says: " Coolness Incarnate".

The quirks of the bridge and the Bigsby causing tuning problems is fine. I knew that going in. The trade off is "That Great Gretsch Sound". Someone once said that's what's cool about a Gretsch, not everyone gets it.This was absoutley the right guitar for me. It fits me and the sound is what I was looking for. I would buy it again and again. Two thumbs up!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Gretsch G6118 Anniversary (Gretsch - G6118 125th Anniversary)

By MGR/Derek Mok, 02/11/2008
Primarily a singer, I've been playing guitar for about 10 years, been in a band (drummer!), and have continued to record and play with other musicians on a non-professional basis. My styles range from folk to hard rock, with heavy power-pop leanings -- Big Star, not Green Day.



This guitar was purchased from Sam Ash in Hollywood for $1700.

I've played many Gretsch Electromatics and have never been impressed. Once I picked up this regular Gretsch (nicknamed "Annie", because it was first issued for Gretsch's 75th Anniversary), made in Japan, it was a revelation. The fretboard is amazingly smooth and inviting -- even Gibsons of comparable price and stature don't feel quite so comfortable on the left hand. The nitro-cellulose finish looks and feels stunning, the typical adornments on the Gretsch hardware are classy, the colour ("2-Tone Green") is beautiful, and the large body actually feels very comfortable to play because it offers up so much arm support. And this is coming from an SG player.

The clean sounds of this guitar are amazing, clear as a bell with a very woody character (more organic than the typical "hi-fi" Fender clean sounds), and overdriven sounds are complex, with great cut, growl and texture. These FilterTron pickups sound majestic. Other reviews of this guitar have mentioned that aside from the lack of neck and headstock binding, this guitar is sonically very similar to the classic, much more expensive G6120 models, making it an excellent alternative, especially for rockabilly and Duane Eddy-style twang.

String bending is not that great on this guitar, because of the high string tension caused by the tailpiece. And I'm not a big fan of Gretsch's tone switch; rather than giving you a tone pot, this guitar has presets accessed by a three-way toggle. The "wide open" middle (bypassing the tone circuit), but I have yet to be able to get a truly jazzy or Gary Moore-ish tone out of this guitar. For cutting, wide-open twang this guitar has no peer, but I wouldn't say it's as versatile as my Eastwood Red Special or Gibson SG.

Absolutely fabulous. Looks beautiful, feels gorgeous, flawless presentation that reeks of class. May just be the most well built guitar in my collection.

Quite simply put, I love this guitar. It may not do all the tones I need -- and I tend to use at least a dozen different guitars per record -- but it does the signature Gretsch sounds so well that you could just have fun with those. It sounds organic, complex, and feels fantastic. I wrote about eight song ideas on this guitar the first day. If you love the sounds of Malcolm Young, Duane Eddy, Brian Setzer, early Neil Young (such as "Ohio") or Stephen Stills, you'll like this guitar. It's even loud enough to be played acoustically as a songwriting or transcribing tool.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Giant among guitars (Gretsch - G6136TLDS White Falcon)

By SonicPulverizer, 28/10/2012
The Gretsch White Falcon is essentially the Gretsch equivalent of a Les paul Custom in the Gibson catalogue. Known for it's beautiful glowing white finish, lavish appointments, and big sound, the White falcon is an instrument of infamy. This particular guitar, the 6136TLDS, is a throwback to the 1955 era of White Falcon. The body is a laminated maple with a set maple neck. The fingerboard is ebony and is adorned with stunning winged inlays. The electronics are made up of two Dynasonic single coil pickups wired into a three way toggle, a shared tone pot, independent volumes for each pickup as well as a master volume control. There is a Bigsby tremolo fitted to the guitar along with Gretsch's synchro-sonic bridge. The guitar is visually breathtaking and really has a sense of flash about it.

UTILIZATION

The white falcon's tuning stability is top notch thanks to both the fitted bridge and grover imperial tuners. The tremolo rarely went of out tune unless I really abused it. The neck on this guitar surprised me with its smooth, quick feel. I felt just as comfortable soloing on this guitar as on my smaller Les Paul bodied guitars.

SOUNDS

I played the Gretsch White Falcon through a Mesa boogie Stiletto Deuce. Mesa 4x12 cab. No pedals.

There really isn't anything this guitar cannot do. The clean sounds are some of the best I've heard and the Gretsch makes just about any genre fun to play. There is something about holding this guitar that just inspires you. I found myself playing parts of songs in new ways simple to see what little things the white falcon could add. Running the gain higher, I found that the White Falcon handles gain better than almost any hollow body guitar I've played, save for the Hagstrom viking. The neck pickup can be as blues as it gets, while the bridge can scream and rock with the best. Extremely enjoyable guitar to play and hear in the room.

OVERALL OPINION

The Gretsch White Falcon is a guitar that needs little introduction. I feel that some people may have placed limits on the idea of the guitar's versatility. I could easily use this guitar as my primary axe and get through a harder rock set with no problems. The price can seem daunting but you get what you pay for. I have noticed a trend of guitarists motioning between this guitar and the Duesenberg Starplayer series. Both guitars will get you similar results. The Duesenberg will be the more nimble of the two as far as handling, but the sheer size of the White falcon allows for unmatched resonance.
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Unique (Gretsch - G6131T-TVP Power Jet Firebird)

By be23, 08/09/2017
The Gretsch Powerjet is a made-in-Japan semi-hollowbody guitar. Its shape and construction are clearly inspired by the mythical Gibson Les Paul, with a mahogany body, maple top and mahogany set neck. However, it features important differences: the body has been heavily hollowed out, making the guitar lighter and sounding like a hollow body modelwhen played unplugged, a bit ala Gibson ES 339. The fingerboard is made of ebony, and there is a Bigsby tremolo which is associated to a very “Les Paulian” ajustomatic bridge. This Gretsch Powerjet is just imperial with no apparent flaw – the finish is really perfect, and its look leaves you speechless (no exaggeration here, several buddies of mine could testify). As for the pickups, nothing Gibsonian here: a pair of TV Jones Powertron with a special wiring. Let’s start with the usual features: one volume per pickup, and a 3-way sswitch in the upper body part. Now, for the weird part: a master volume knob, and a second 3-way switch for tone setting. The way it works is quite peculiar: in the middle position, no tone correction is applied, a bit like the “10” setting on a basic tone knob. The high setting provides a boost on the low freqs, while the lower position provides a mid boost…
Very disturbing at first, this wiring actually replicates that which used to equip the mythical 1954 Gretsch Duo Jet. Here we are: the Powerjet is actually a Duojet with a few modern touches, especially this incredible set of chubby-sounding pickups.

Let’s make things clear, I’m mostly a Gibson Les Paul player so I’ll start by trying to describe those Filtertron' humbuckers that are features on many a Gretsch guitar. These are real humbuckers (with two coils, that is) but with coils twice as large as on a standard PAF. The result is a lot of power but a lesser loss in the highs. In the end, you get a sound that takes gain like any humbucker will, but that can also sound as slappy as a single coil. I’ve tried these pickups for the first time on this model and found them incredible. Clearly, TV Jones makes awesome pickups!
In clean sound, the typical lows of a humbucker can be heard, but in a better defined – less blurry – version compares with a Les Paul. Yeah, as much as I can be a Classic 57 addict, the Powertron sound more slappy and can even shine! It’s hard to describe, I’ve read somewhere that these pickups were in-between P90s and PAFs and I rather agree with that. The neck pickup sounds clear and defined, yet incredibly hot. The bridge pickup twangs and growls all at once, without ever sounding shrill or aggressive – a sort of an overdoped version of a vintage Telecaster… The semi-hollow structure gives the sound a 3D aspect, which is incredibly pleasant – and unheard of as far as I’m concerned: I’m really crazy about this Gretsch! Paradoxically, the tone control is disappointing on clean sounds: the low boost brings in a certain boxyness that is not to my taste (but may suit jazz players), and the mid boost, while easier to use imho, sounds strangely nasal. Now, let’s engage the "POWER" switch... The Powerjet takes a huge amount of gain, and the pickups simply astounded me: the neck pickup sounds round and warm, while the bridge position growls while remaining sharp, with a whole intermediate range. I’ll dare say these pickups are the most incredibly musical-sounding ones that I’ve ever heard (I may get back on it later with a little more hindsight). Suddenly, my fingers get back to the tone selector and – oh my Guinness! Neck pickup + low boost, and you’re in Les Paul grounds with an awesomely warm sound, making the lead phrasings like coated in caramel. Need a bit more bite on a solo? Here we go, a medium boost and the teeth are out, a mere switch hit and the sound gets more intelligible within the mix. The bridge pickup is sharper, but always very musical-sounding and never shrill or aggressive – more on the punchy, lightning side. The low boost brings an incredible sound, with a sound reminiscent of a wah locked in its highest position – a pure delight. The bridge pickup + mid switch provides the fiercest rhythm sounds – the cavalry’s coming!

I’ve tried a (very) high number of high-quality double-humbucker guitars, and the ultimate test remains the rehearsal session: I play in a power trio that plays good old 70s rock on steroids, and I need to get through in the mix with mids and volume. The Gibson Les Paul perfectly does the job, and so far no double-humbucker guitar had managed to do as well – there always was a moment when it sounded too thin, too much in the background, so in the end I always ended up getting back to Gibson. There’s now an exception with this Gretsch Powerjet that gets the job done thoroughly with an astounding sound. It could have managed to do it by merely copying the mythical Les Paul, but it only resembles it aesthetically as for the rest the sounds it offers are totally unique.
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Published on 11/05/14
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