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Setzer Gretsch models

Postby (soundmasterg) » Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:00 am

Hey all,

I was just wondering what you think of the Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars? I prefer a volume and tone and a pickup switch and I can do that with the Setzers by adding a tone control, so I have been thinking about getting one whenever I have money to get a guitar again. I've also heard that they have tresle bracing, which is supposed to be better than the ladder bracing. Anyone have any comments on these guitars?

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Re: Setzer Gretsch models

Postby (jimk) » Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:13 am

I'll tell you up front two things about myself:
1. I don't go in for signature model guitars (generally speaking, I think they're overpriced. And you could purchase a less expensive model in the line and modify it to suit yourself.)
2. I've never played a Brian Setzer model Gretsch. Of course this advice is worth what you paid for it. :mrgreen:
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Re: Setzer Gretsch models

Postby (valco) » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:35 pm

I know this thread is old but since little information was contributed. IHO,{ I have played the B. Setzer mod.] The Setzer model is an excelent, premium quality guitar. There are several things that make it unique. The controls have been 'stripped down' to simplify. The tressel bracing copies the original 1950's models and is probably quite labor intensive to produce. Laquer finnish in bold colors, Pinned bridge and Bigsby. And other differences including the spectacular TV Jones pickups. These pu's will spoil you for any others offered by Gretsch. Some features are shared with other top of line models like the Chet Adkins and the 6118 LTV. The attention to detail and the incredible finnish on these guitars are unrivalled. I have seen a few used B. Setzer models at resonable prices, say $1600-$2000. They have made a lot of them. I do not think they are over priced celebrity models,[ look at what an America made Telecaster costs ! ] and you can not buy a cheaper model and modify to these specs. If you haven't already,get one, you won't be sorry.
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Re: Setzer Gretsch models

Postby (sloop_john_b) » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:47 pm

jimk wrote:I'll tell you up front two things about myself:
1. I don't go in for signature model guitars (generally speaking, I think they're overpriced. And you could purchase a less expensive model in the line and modify it to suit yourself.)
2. I've never played a Brian Setzer model Gretsch. Of course this advice is worth what you paid for it. :mrgreen:
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Very good advice Jim - let's buy a stock 6120 and just modify the BRACING to our needs. :roll: :lol:
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Re: Setzer Gretsch models

Postby (jdogric12) » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:52 pm

Make sure you're comparing apples to apples. There are several [very] different Setzer Gretsch models. The nice ones seem super nice. The Hot Rods (super simple) I just don't understand. All that said, a Setzer Gretsch (the nice one) is one of the few signature guitars I would be caught playing.
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Re: Setzer Gretsch models

Postby (360girl) » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:59 pm

soundmasterg wrote:Hey all,

I was just wondering what you think of the Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars? I prefer a volume and tone and a pickup switch and I can do that with the Setzers by adding a tone control, so I have been thinking about getting one whenever I have money to get a guitar again. I've also heard that they have tresle bracing, which is supposed to be better than the ladder bracing. Anyone have any comments on these guitars?

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I had a 'Setzer Hot Rod. it was a nice guitar, but I will admit that I didn't like the V-profile of the neck:

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The trestle bacing makes the guitar act more like a semi-hollow, by stiffening the top, and fighting feedback. The pickups are TV Jones Classic, which are some nice sounding pickups (but realize, not as hot as a PAF 'bucker, or a Ric Hi-Gain).

BTW, if you don't mind tone switches, and want a 'Setzer model, you might want to look into G6120ZSSL, or G6120SSU. Both come with incividual volume controls, and tone switches. F.Y.I. - if you do get a hot rid, realize that the paint is poly, not lacquer, so chipping during drilling, could be an issue.

My favorite Gretsch, is the Country Club. This is mine (it's a 2011):

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Re: Setzer Gretsch models

Postby (valco) » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:32 pm

Boy the Gretsch line up is hard to figure out from top to bottom, isn't it ? Two things, wow that County Club is sweet, and did our original poster wanted a tone knob insted of a switch ?
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Re: Setzer Gretsch models

Postby (sloop_john_b) » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:16 pm

Holy **** that CC is nice. :shock:
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Re: Setzer Gretsch models

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Re: Setzer Gretsch models

Postby (soundmasterg) » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:50 pm

valco wrote:Boy the Gretsch line up is hard to figure out from top to bottom, isn't it ? Two things, wow that County Club is sweet, and did our original poster wanted a tone knob insted of a switch ?


I was looking into the Setzer Hot Rod, which comes with a pickup switch and a volume control and no tone knob. If I got one I would add a tone knob. Sadly I haven't had the money to get one yet, but I still would like to get one some day.

Thanks for the comments all. I realize this was an old post bur I couldn't leave it hanging.

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Re: Setzer Gretsch models

Postby (jdogric12) » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:42 am

The Hot Rods seem to hold value... not sure I'd want to hack one up! Maybe a reversable VVT mod?
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