Gretsch Pro Jet...anyone got one?

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  1. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    An old friend of mine texted me earlier - he's got a limited edition Gretsch Pro Jet that he's looking to trade for a Tele. He bought a Kotzen Tele last year and now he's got the Tele fever.

    The only Tele I've got that I could give up would be the FSR Player's Tele. It's a really nice guitar, but I've got to admit that the Gretsch intrigues me. He says that the bridge pickup has been swapped out for a TV Jones pickup, so it's not exactly stock. But the TVJ is probably a nice upgrade.

    Anybody got one of these? How do they play? How do they sound? Anything I should look for? Any advice I can get would help. Thanks in advance.

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    - D
     
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  2. Electric Mud

    Electric Mud Tele-Holic

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    Bought my daughter one. See profile pic. Great deal at $399.
     
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  3. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    I've got this one. Really well made, USA pickups. Best MIC guitar I have ever played, by a longshot--but it's a $699 FSR model.


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  4. StrangerNY

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    Yeah, my friend says his is a limited edition model, worth about $650. So it's probably about the same as yours.

    Love that color, BTW. Looks really cool with the gold hardware.

    - D
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah, its the same guitar in a different color, USA pickups and all. The red one with bigsby is not the same though.
     
  6. BorderRadio

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    I've had a couple of Electro Jets over the years, and I'd be all over this model. The workmanship should be very good all around, electronics typical of the price range (it works), but the heart lies at the pickups. Even without TVJs, it would sound true to vintage 60s G6131 Firebird Jets without a doubt.
     
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  7. Troubleandahalf

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    Nice. Very, very nice color.
     
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    Make sure you take that neck pickup out and play some AC/DC.
     
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  9. fjrabon

    fjrabon Tele-Afflicted

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    It's a good guitar, but your FSR is about the same level of not a little bit better.
     
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  10. StrangerNY

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    So, I did the swap yesterday, on a temp basis for now because my bud wants to try the FSR at rehearsal (and I'm taking the Jet to a gig tonight) - one of the benefits of trading gear with friends.

    I do like this guitar! Build quality is pretty excellent, weight and balance are nice, and it sounds real good. The bridge pickup has been swapped for a TVJ T-Armond, which has a pretty good snarl with minimal noise. The neck is very comfy and relatively flat compared to the Tele.

    I could definitely get used to having this one around.

    - D
     
  11. Mr. Lumbergh

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    I wish I had a Jet, been GASsing for quite a while now.
    Someday.
     
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  12. 6stringcowboy

    6stringcowboy Tele-Afflicted

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    I wouldn't think twice about making that trade but I'm a little partial to all things Gretsch ;-)
     
  13. fjrabon

    fjrabon Tele-Afflicted

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    They're definitely great guitars. And also they match well wth a Tele. They're different enough to give a good contrast without having to redo all your amp/pedal settings when switching guitars. Between my thinline 69 style and my single cut pro jet, I can get basically every sound I want. If you mix a strat in there you can cover every major guitar tone. Though I almost always leave my strat at home now. A Les Paul, on the other hand, means you basically have to redo all your amp settings because the tone is so starkly different. Jets are tonally about halfway between a Tele and a les paul.

    If I'm going out the door and can only grab one guitar, it's my Tele. But if I can grab two it's the pro jet.
     
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  14. TMMC

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    I've got a somewhat similar model, and I absolutely love it. Mine has a stop-bar tailpiece and dot inlays. This one is prettier and has nicer components overall, but man...I love mine.


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  15. StrangerNY

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    Oh, I'm ready to go! My bud wants to take a minute, because the FSR has a maple neck and he's a rosewood guy (his #1 is a Kotzen Tele). Hopefully he'll dig it and I can keep this Jet around. The only other Gretsch I've got is a '61 Chet, and that one doesn't get out much.

    - D
     
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    Feel free to post a pic of that Chet!
     
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  17. keeffan

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    Love my single cut pro jet. Better built than any Fender or Gibson USA that I've owned.
     
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  18. StrangerNY

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    Sure thing, here's a few!

    The guitar came out of Vegas. I got it for a pretty good price in an estate sale, at which point it looked like this:

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    It did come with a box that held the original Gretsch Bigsby, the pickguard, the bridge, a couple of knobs and bridge pickup. I bought a replacement pickup for the neck and a TV Jones wiring harness (what a pain that was), and it ended up looking like this:

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    - D
     
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  19. burntfrijoles

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    Those Electromatics are pretty decent guitars.
     
  20. callasabra

    callasabra Tele-Afflicted

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    I had a chance to pickup a single cut pro jet with TOM bridge for $499 new (MF i think). I have never played one, but I think I would like them.
    If I had more than one tele, I would probably make the trade.
     
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