- Jul 14, 2018
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Thanks for the link Shask !
The stock nuts and bridge saddles on these are awful, and I'm a huge Gretsch fan.
Grab the proper GraphTech saddle set and nut, and you should have significantly better stability for like $50.
The import Gretsch stuff are good platforms, the woodwork and fretwork and even pickups are solid, but corners are obviously cut on the bridge, nut, electronic components.
Thanks. Yeah, I stretched the strings and that seems to have settled it quite a bit. It still goes a bit out of tune after a song or two but it's more tolerable. I'll probably swap out the nut and saddles for her when it's time for her first string change. I still feel like a bigsby is a bad choice on a beginners' guitar. I'd have her take it back to the shop and swap it for one with a fixed bridge, but they don't make that model in the same color and she's completely in love with the look of the guitar. I just remember my first guitar when I was a teenager that was a crappy strat copy with a floating bridge that I didn't know how to setup and how frustrating it was to feel like I spent more time tuning my guitar than learning to play it.
One of the few things I REALLY want but have no place to put and have been too lazy to chase down
Cab arrived today. Amazing. I was having regret the whole time afterwards, even if I can resell it, it's a huge pain to arrange. And what are the odds it's really any different to the Bogner with '69/71 pulsonics? But it's way better. Smoother, deeper. Playing notes way up is just pleasant to listen to. Switch over to the Bogner cab and it was immediately brighter/brasher/ more presence and tighter, a bit louder from where I was standing. When I turned the mids down about 40%, treble down by like 70%, presence down by like 30%, I was kind of getting them in the same zone but still the higher notes weren't quite as pleasant. I'll keep trying EQ-wise, but immediate impression was damn, (a) those old cabs, or (b) those straight cabs, or (c) those speakers that may have been wired in better than the hack job I did.
Only probably is it smells like old cab, and it's really filling up my whole living room with it.
Cabs aren't really much different in build, but the speakers and straight vs slant cab definitely makes a difference in what you hear. The straight / slant if you think about it a slant cab is pointing the top two speakers either at your head or at the reflective surface of your ceiling depending on where you are in the room.
I've talked to a bunch of guys that have said there really is a difference with the older vs newer speakers as well. The guy that is Blackmore-obsessed that built the mini Major I have and the hand-wired versions of the Blackmore treble booster and the TP-1011 preamp actually A/B'ed the appropriate Scumbacks and old Celestions and said even the Scumbacks which are the closest out there are substantially different when played side-by-side.
Cool that you found them and are liking them