Any of y’all own a center block proline gretsch?

JamesAM

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I’ve got a Gibson es-335 I really love, but I have had a hankering for the great gretsch sound recently. I used to have a 6118 Anny players edition that I loved, but traded for the Gibson for higher fret access.

does anyone have either the most recent 6620 or falcon center block? I’d be interested in hearing your opinions of them, especially if you’ve compared them against an es-335. I can’t find any to go play around here.

Specifically, is the b7 bigsby as bad as people claim?

I figure the center block gretsches have the best of all worlds: filtertron chime and high fret access. Wanted to see if anyone here has one and can maybe give me some comparisons of how it plays and feels vs the Gibson. I know about filters vs pafs, and have a good idea of the sound differences having owned gretsches and Gibsons. Just need some ideas about how it plays.
 

Zepfan

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Don't own a Gretsch, but my Avatar guitar is a 60's MIJ center block hollow body made to emulate a Casino/ES330 guitar and I love it.
The original pickups were large single coils that were extremely microphonic which was quite a battle to keep the squeal at bay. Now it has a Firebird neck and Minibucker bridge.
A Gretsch with some old school Filtertrons or Dynasonics would be awesome.
 

JohnnyThul

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I had a 6139CBSC with a Cadillac G Tailpiece. It was great guitar that could definitely rock but I did not like the stock pickups. I changed them to Brian Setzer Signatures and that was a noticeable difference. Compared to an oldTokai ES120 (that is an ES335), the Gretsch was more precise I would say. It did not have the warmth of the ES, but it had a much better and faster attack.
What I disliked on the Gretsch were also the Grover Imperials, they did not feel good and did not tube smoothly. As they need bigger holes than a more standard tuner (12mm if I'm not mistaken), it wouldn't be so easy to find an alternative.

The looks and craftsmanship on this guitar were absolutely outstanding. In the end I only sold it to fund my guitar building hobby which led me to sell all my production guitars,but the Gretsch was the last to go.
 




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