NGD- Gretsch G2655 Streamliner Centerblock Jr

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  1. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    I sold the too-large-for-me Electromatic so I needed a red guitar - the G2655 Streamliner Centerblock Jr. Yeah, I thought about the ES-339, but I have two electric Epis and need some diversity. This came from Music123 via eBay. The original buyer returned it in almost pristine condition - one small scratch on the front and one on the back. Otherwise, it's a smooth player and the action is perfect for me.

    As the name states, it's a semi-hollow, smaller sized guitar. It's made in Indonesia by (I think) Samick.
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    The four knobs are: master volume , neck vol, bridge vol, and master tone - a quirky Gretsch thing. I may give it a religious conversion from that cultish 3V 1T heresy to an orthodox 2V 2T.
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    22 frets, but the markers go to 17 (?). The fretboard feels pretty flat. I know it's not 7.25, but I'll measure when I change the strings.

    Broadtron pickups, not Filtertrons. They might have "That Great Gretsch Sound," but they have "A Kinda-Gretsch sound " I may upgrade to Gretsch Filtertrons or something, eventually.

    First, the pickguard had to go because it hides that gorgeous Flagstaff Sunset - it's a trans-finish, but that may not show clearly. I'm not sure the name refers to the evening sky in Flagstaff, AZ or the Sunset Crater, a vestigial volcano near Flagstaff. Regardless, anything that hides that color ought to be thrown into the nearest volcano.
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    The strap buttons are normal - unusual for a Gretsch. You can see where the neck meets the body, so that's a little disappointing, but forgettable once you start playing.
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    You can kinda see the trans finish here.
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    I LOVE that tailpiece. I don't know that I'd replace my curved brass jobby for it, but it's a good look.
     
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    John Well-Known Member

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    Man that's gorgeous Davis, enjoy it for ever............
     
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    Congrats! Looks awesome and strays a little bit from the norm while still having that old school vibe.

    Is this the replacement for your Bono one?
     
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    That's what I was wondering too.
     
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    Correctamundo. It's a lot more comfortable.

    Edit: I sold the Bono on Reverb and/or eBay (the buyer saw the ad in both places but sent me a message through Reverb). Turns out his office is on my way home and we met in a Starbucks parking lot. So it ended up being more like a Craigslist sale.
     
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    If you top wrap that tailpiece...man
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    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    Congrats on the new Streamliner
    :applause::thumb::applause:

    those 'Block-inlays' are....:wow:
     
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    I suspect they used so much inlay material that they ran out and couldn't do frets 19 and 21.
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Saves on the restorative oil...
     
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    Nice one! Congrats.
     
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    Maybe they were hoping that by the time you got to the 17th fret you'd start to recognize a pattern forming.
     
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    WHen I get to the 17th fret, I get scared and go back.
     
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    Gretsch is making some terrific guitars these days. Unlike some other brands starting with G, Gretsch is making new designs with features that players actually LIKE!

    What a concept! :D
     
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    I've heard a good things about the Jet Club too - a Les Paul-like guitar for $299. So those should hit the secondary market in a year or so for (maybe) $200. :hmm:
     
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