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what can I do to get a Gretsch-o-caster?
Old 4 weeks ago
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what can I do to get a Gretsch-o-caster?

I like the sound of a strat/tele; clean, wet, and a big bottom.

But the neck of a Gretsch is where I want to spend my days; super flat and wide and low.

How can I put together a guitar with the Fender single coil sound and that 12" radius neck that I like? It's something about the Gretsch neck; I'm not talking about a Les Paul kind of neck -- maybe the Gretsch is even wider (?).

What would I get with a strat-type single coil in a Gretsch? Unsatisfying?

Thoughts appreciated. Sounds (links to vids) more appreciated.
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I think the closest sound to single-coil you can get from a Gretsch guitar is by using TV Jones T-Armond pickup.
Old 3 weeks ago
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I like the sound of a strat/tele; clean, wet, and a big bottom.

But the neck of a Gretsch is where I want to spend my days; super flat and wide and low.

How can I put together a guitar with the Fender single coil sound and that 12" radius neck that I like? It's something about the Gretsch neck; I'm not talking about a Les Paul kind of neck -- maybe the Gretsch is even wider (?).

What would I get with a strat-type single coil in a Gretsch? Unsatisfying?

Thoughts appreciated. Sounds (links to vids) more appreciated.

Just custom order a neck. Take your neck to a luthier and have them shape it for the strat you want. You might like Godin electrics as well. Excellent guitars
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What would I get with a strat-type single coil in a Gretsch? Unsatisfying?
A Hi-lo Tron would get close to that.
Old 4 days ago
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Which Gretsch neck? They're kind of all over the place and not standard. see here for a neck thickness comparison:
https://wildwoodguitars.com/product-...etsch-guitars/

Most Gretsch have a 12" radius, although some of the 6120's had a 9.45" radius. 12" puts you in Les Paul territory, 9.5" is modern Fender.

Warmoth sells lots of replacement strat necks with different thicknesses and radius, including a compound radius - it's what I have on my TelePaul parts caster. That and a TV jones filtertron pickup should get you pretty far...

Or, buy a used Fender Cabronita Tele - came stock with 2 Fideli'tron pickups. Review of them vs. Filter'tron pickups here:
Review: Fender Fideli'tron vs TV Classics
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Flat, wide and low with 12" radius - you cant get that from Warmoth. The flat profile is called the Wizard profile. The widest neck is 1-11/16" (which I actually have and love). They have no problem with you ordering a 12" radius. And to keep it low just choose those tiny little vintage frets (which I have and love).

Bolt it on to a Strat or Tele and you're home.
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Assuming it's only the neck you like and not specifically the Gretsch, per se, then maybe these:

G&L ASAT Classic (Tele) or Legacy (Strat) with a #1 , 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 3 (wide C) or 4 (extra wide C) neck.

A sample from '09 to '13

The G&L Enthusiasts Website

12" was G&L's preferred radius in their early years. Maybe their only one, I don't know. My 3 early 90's (ASAT, ASAT Classic, and S-500) are all 12".

Lot of bang for the buck in a used American G&L.

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Look at some older Guild electrics. My old (1957) 6120 and SparkleJet have profiles similar to some Guild guitars I have played.

* I'm speaking of American made Gretsch/Guild guitars.
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* I'm speaking of American made Gretsch/Guild guitars.
Oops. You just reminded me. Just added the same qualification about the G&L's.

I was speaking of the Fullertons (US). Don't know much about the Tributes.
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