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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2001, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Gretsch - Brian Setzer Hotrod

I've been eyeing a couple of these for awhile, now (got to be the purple one!). Has anyone had experience with a hollow-body guitar (Gretsches in particular)? I notice that on this model, the bridge is not attatched to the body, but rather can move around if you bump it, wreaking havoc with your tuning and intonation. Is this common with this type of bridge? I've never seen this on any other hollow-bodies or solid bodies that use this sort of bridge. Any tips would be appreciaited. I want to know what I'm in store for before I make a decision to buy.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2001, 03:34 PM
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I've had both a Setzer model (the Flamed Maple model-not the Hot Rod) and a 6120-TM (Tiger Maple with all gold hardware). *I LOVED the tone and feel of the guitars, but the floating bridge is the one thing that made me get rid of them. *I even tried the two-sided carpet tape trick on the bottom of the bridge feet, and no matter what, that bridge went sliding all over the place. *They're great guitars, but not very practical. *I guess Setzer has just gotten used to this one design flaw, and has adapted his technique around it. *But, unless you're really used to floating bridge guitars, beware. *You're going to get gray hairs trying to keep it intonated and in tune with that bridge!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2001, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Just seems wierd that a $2K guitar has such an unusual bridge design. The first time I picked one up in the store, I remember bumping the bridge and though it was broken Oh, well. I'd better ask around and research before I drop that kind of dough.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-06-2001, 11:02 AM
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Gretsch'd think that Gretsch would come up with some way to secure the bridge. *But, the 6120 was originally designed more for jazz and country than it was for rock-and those styles seem to be a bit more subdued in terms of hand movements. *Definitely a weakness of the guitar, but...they're still really cool axes!
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