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Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by Adam Moss, May 17, 2016.

  1. Dan_Q

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    kewel history on the colour!

    I will. I wanted to try an electromatic, had a look at what was floating around second hand, and ended up with a special jet (with a very special owner now :confused: )
     
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    There are Fender branded guitars made in China now, aren't there?

    I really know very little about Gretches, must try a few out, the green one looks nice. Can you get them without a Bigsby? I loathe & detest Bigsbys (useless bits of old scaffolding....) & I couldn't face all the hassles & inconvenience of restringing something so user-unfriendly.
     
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    Yep you can get them with a pretty cool V shaped stop bar south of the tune-o-matic stratman :)

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    i want a bigsby for my stop tail electromatic if i like it.......... sounds like perhaps i shouldn't
     
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    Also overseas made: PRS, Guild...

    Gretsch adds the 'Electromatic' logo to distinguish their budget line of guitars from the higher priced MIJ models.

    On the newest MIJ Gretschs, they are now starting to use string through Bigsbys which are easier for neophyte users to string up. There are some fixed tail Gretschs and on the higher end models, it is easy to switch out the Bigsby for a G or Cadillac tailpiece (most use Bigsbys with no tension bars so there are no screws on the face of the guitar).

    In my personal experience though, once you've played a properly set up, modern USA Bigsby, I don't know why you would want to do that.
     
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    Congrats!

    I like the Streamliners, I played most of them at a guitar show earlier in the year, they are really good for the money. I would change the knobs however, but you can pick those up pretty cheap on e-bay.
     
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    Oh that's better. Why the V shape? Just looks?

    Have you ever tried re-stringing a guitar with a Bigsby? I was amazed how fiddly it was the first time I tried. Now I restring my ES330 as little as possible!
     
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    I would imagine so, although I cannot say for sure. Gives them a different look doesn't it :)

    Never. Sounds like a lot of fun......................................... lol ;) Come to think of it, i've never played a guitar with one on either.
     
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    Love the guitar man! Congrats!

    As far as Bigsby's, I have one on my riviera. I love the look of it but hardly ever use it, and hate changing strings.
     
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    Fender Modern Player guitars are Fender branded MIC.
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    These Streamliners have no Electromatic branding, and I think PRS use SE to differentiate.

    I've just remembered, though, my Ovation acoustic is made in Korea but has the full Ovation branding.

    Any road up, I've now grabbed myself a Flagstaff Sunset red double-cut with Bigsby one and I really do like it. In the hands I can feel the reduced cost but it makes no difference to my playing which is shyte on cheap, shyte on expensive. I agree with the comments about the knobs though, I rarely mess with guitars original parts, but those knobs gotta go.
     
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    Congratulations Adam!

    I had one of the older Streamliners, a G3161, that was MIK. It took some adjusting, but in the end, I liked it as much as my Gretsch pro line.

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    OK. so a week(ish) in and the Streamliner is showing real VFM.

    Holds its tuning really well (I suspected with its cheap price point and the Bigsby it might have issues). Actually stays in tune far better than my Gibson Les Paul Gold Top.

    Clearly, in the looks department, it has it all. Even those gold 'speed' knobs look more retro in real life than on the photos. It's a beauty.

    Sounds-wise - it has much to offer. Its creamy cleans are delicious and when you crank the dirt those Broad'Tron humbuckers scream in all the right places.

    Less feedback than my Casinos too.

    Can't fault it at all. It feels and sounds like a guitar that should cost 2 or 3 times the RRP.

    I can see these becoming very popular indeed. Not quite sure how they manage to make such quality at such a low price.

    It's a keeper, for sure.
     
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    Congrats very nice
     
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    Glad to hear you're enjoying it so much. It is tempting - £370, you said?

    I assume you haven't experienced the joys of restringing it yet?
     
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    Blu tack on the bigsby spike does the job, it keeps the ring in place whilst you fiddle with the other end.
     
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    In my experience, Blu tack on the Bigsby spike sometimes does the job
     
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    Ha ha. No...not yet. But, honestly, it's a guitar, how hard can it be? ;-)
     
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    Please answer that question for me when you have tried!
     
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    Everlasting strings? Do they make them yet? You have me worried now.
     
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