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The Unwound Third => Gitfiddles, Harps, Washboards & Kazoos => Topic started by: harry on July 17, 2017, 06:08:08 AM

Title: Gretsch resonator
Post by: harry on July 17, 2017, 06:08:08 AM
Anybody got a Gretsch resonator? I'm in the market for the Gretsch Alligator (being expertly played in the video below).
How does it compare to the Honeydripper, Bobtail or Boxcar model? Or any advice when buying a resonator. I mostly will use the guitar for fingerpicking not slide.

http://youtu.be/KyVJ2C5m2sk (http://youtu.be/KyVJ2C5m2sk)
Title: Re: Gretsch resonator
Post by: harriet on July 17, 2017, 04:40:55 PM
Hi Harry,

There are a few complaints of collapsed cones on the Gretsche resonators, IMHO so buy it from a dealer with a return policy, if that's what you want. You'll have to either get a luthier or parts if you want to adjust the action or if there are cone issues, but if you take a look the Gretsche it has screws on the handle of the coverplate so you may not have to take the cover off. The fellow playing his has taken the handle off but I believe you have to know what you're doing to do that to avoid damaging the biscuit-cone and there's no way of telling what else, if anything, he's done with it in terms of adjustment to accomodate his nimble playing style.

But if you look at the tailpiece, they are understrung - the string goes under the tailpiece, not over -so another issue I've heard on other forums is string buzzing with the Gretche.

If you are in the market for a woodbody, biscuit cone you might want to consider in the UK's Michael Messer Blues 28, which are properly constructed along the lines of a National and I believe he sets up  through Dave King and checks each one and offers support for issues directly and through his forum.

Hope this info is useful and either way, hope it works out for you and if it's the Gretche that there are no issues.
Harriet
Title: Re: Gretsch resonator
Post by: frailer24 on July 18, 2017, 12:08:33 AM
Fender has a very good woodbody reso called the Tuxedo that I highly recommend over the Gretsch. I've played both at my local shop, and find the Fender to be better quality for not too much dough. Just my 2 cents.
Title: Re: Gretsch resonator
Post by: harry on July 20, 2017, 01:28:03 PM
Thanks for the advice.
Title: Re: Gretsch resonator
Post by: RobBob on July 22, 2017, 02:23:02 PM
I've got one that the tailpiece broke on and Fender (Gretsch parent company) customer service said it would be 30 to 90 days for a replacement part.  I was going to sell it as I don't play it and then the tailpiece broke while in the case!  So contact me. I'll give you a deal on one that needs a tailpiece (which if they ever send to me I would be glad to forward to you ;-)