NGD - Grote Jazz Guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by neilshane, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. Obsessed

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    Well, I got the red Grote that looks great, but that burst looks fantastic. Congrats.
     
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    Has anyone A/B'd the Grote with the more authentic bridge? That TOM looks odd.

    Just curious.
     
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    It is a floating bridge like the originals back in the 60s. The Epi is floating as well.
     
  4. bender66

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    The original had a floating all wood bridge. The Grote has a TOM on top of the RW base. Not the same.

    @FenderGyrl Could you tell me what the pot spacing is center to center? I just realized I have a take-off Gibson P90 with the electronic board from a LPJr sitting alone in a box looking for a home. Lately I've been leaning towards leaving working bits stock though.
     
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    :oops:Oops. Yes, you are certainly correct. I even got caught up with this issue during my initial set-up. It certainly makes it easy to get good intonation. Perhaps an improvement, buuuut, probably not. I suspect some transmission to the body is lost, but it sounds pretty darn good to me unplugged. Once in awhile I do get a buzz coming from the bridge. I know others have gone ahead and ordered an all wood bridge. My issue is the curve underneath the Grote bridge not following the arch of the Grote body top piece. A rework that I have yet to do on mine. The saddles are pretty cheap and not smooth at all to adjust. For $169 ... plus a new output jack and strings, it rocks.:)
     
  6. FenderGyrl

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    2 and 3/8ths
     
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    Hngd. I would snap one up if they were in the UK.
     
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  8. bender66

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    Mine is being returned for this ugliness.
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    Did anyone else receive one with this issue? Not a big deal, but I never heard anyone mention it. I was gonna add a spacer anyway.
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    I like it minus the obvious. I'll request another.
     
  9. FenderGyrl

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    Yikes....That's horrible.
    Good Grief....
     
  10. FenderGyrl

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    While working on my Grote 335 copy I noticed that I couldn't get my replacement PUPS to line up.

    Meaning PUP adjustment screws under the strings. I have to re-seat both PUPS.
    Other than this, the guitar plays great.
     
  11. Zepfan

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    Cosmetic issues are to be expected on low cost guitars, some you can live with/not pay attention to and some just hinder you or get on your nerves. Sometimes you get a diamond.

    My avatar guitar is 60's MIJ for a British importer called Encore. They recently started importing in the U.S. again except those guitars are MIC. On my old guitar the action was way too high, pickups were extremely microphonic(could talk through them), floating bridge would often move around causing intonation problems, tremolo never worked well and the body shape is all out of wack/not proportionate. Put a lot of work into it to get it in the shape it's in today and wouldn't have took the time to do so if it wasn't my first guitar and given to me by my oldest brother.

    With that being said, I'd rather spend little and do a bit of work on it than spend a lot on something that's supposed to be great and yet needs work.;)
     
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    Good decision!
    That fretboard looks awful. And the pickup? What the heck??
    Should have never left the factory.
    Order soon, only 11 left. 1/15/20
     
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    The pickup would have been an easy fix. The fretboard not so much.

    Returned it today & got shipping confirm that I should get another... tomorrow? Surely they're not overnighting me another?
     
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    Oh wow, that's a bummer! I couldn't find much more than a couple little nicks in mine. The biggest issue I had was the bridge base wasn't in the right place and was taped down. My luthier fixed that in a jiffy, spot leveled a couple frets and replaced the nut, which wasn't very good. Otherwise it's as nice as any Epi I have, and now with the Lollar pickup sounds fantastic.
     
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    Fingers crossed that you get a good one this time!!!
     
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    Glad I passed on this one. I was quite tempted by it.
     
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    Maybe they'll put it on a speed boat!:lol:
     
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    Just as the tracking specified, got it this am. I think this shipped from a closer locale than the first (NJ).

    This is immaculate. If theres even a blemish, I'm not seeing it. Lowered the action & tuned it up, we're all good. This is 1 of those sleeper guitars for cheap. I'm tempted on the cherry if it comes back.

    Guitars like this arent normally in my wheelhouse, but I like off the beaten path copies of old stuff. You'll never see an ES125/Century for $169.

    Ok, there is 1 flaw but wth.
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    HAHA!!! (The flaw)
    Glad it worked out.
    I am astonished by the value/price/quality ratio of mine.
    I too will be tempted if the cherry version returns.
    I am tempted to buy another sunburst.
    Only six left :)
     
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    There was a flaw on mine where the bridge shifted in transport and scratched the finish. I got a quick response from the seller and the option of returning it or a partial refund.

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    I took the refund and managed to polish most of the scratches out.

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    I'm 100% happy with the guitar and their customer service.

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