When it doesn't fit anywhere else
 #164178  by strumminsix
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:49 am
I'm sure we all have non-GD musical passions. Past 10 years or so been getting into more and more Americana from 50s to modern. And one thing I hear time and time again is acoustic archtop. No soundhole. Mic'd from the sweet sounds coming off the top!

Just picked up a 1952 Gretsch Synchromatic 6014 and this thing is amazing. Took me about 3 years to find one that had the acoustic tone with neck and body that was comfortable to me.

Anyone else have non-dead type gear that inspires them to play?
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 #164179  by tcsned
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:20 am
I've got a '78 Les Paul that was my first nice guitar I ever owned (bought it in 1982) - before I was that interested in the Dead. My favorite non-Deadish instrument is my gypsy-jazz Dell'Arte. It's a canon.
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 #164180  by Gr8fulCadi
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:41 am
Absolutely! I’ve got a whole rig for some Travis Pickin Rockabilly. I’ll post some pics

•A 6120 Gretsch, Brian Setzer.
•74 Bassman that I sent to David Allen of Allen Amplication to mod it to a 6G6-B circuit (similar).
• A Boss DM3 for some slapback
•Nocturne Atomic Brain pedal (basically a Roland RE-301 preamp)

One chord strike and I’m instantly transported back to the 50’s. Love it!
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 #164183  by strumminsix
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:00 pm
tcsned wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:20 am
I've got a '78 Les Paul that was my first nice guitar I ever owned (bought it in 1982) - before I was that interested in the Dead. My favorite non-Deadish instrument is my gypsy-jazz Dell'Arte. It's a canon.
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That's so unique! I've never seen anything like that! Beautiful to look at but comfortable to play?
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 #164184  by strumminsix
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:20 pm
Gr8fulCadi wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:41 am
Absolutely! I’ve got a whole rig for some Travis Pickin Rockabilly. I’ll post some pics

•A 6120 Gretsch, Brian Setzer.
•74 Bassman that I sent to David Allen of Allen Amplication to mod it to a 6G6-B circuit (similar).
• A Boss DM3 for some slapback
•Nocturne Atomic Brain pedal (basically a Roland RE-301 preamp)

One chord strike and I’m instantly transported back to the 50’s. Love it!
BADASS! I love listening to rockabilly! It's one of 2 styles that I absolutely love just listening too without trying to emulate. The night I picked up my Gretsch I headed to the shop with my close friend who is a luthier to inspect and we talked about Brian Setzer and our mutual appreciation and listened to the Japan show on the ride back!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFvl3aMiAE0
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 #164185  by tcsned
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:18 pm
strumminsix wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:00 pm
tcsned wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:20 am

That's so unique! I've never seen anything like that! Beautiful to look at but comfortable to play?
It’s pretty comfortable to play. It’s got a 26.5” string length so it’s a full inch longer than a typical acoustic. It uses lighter strings (.11 for the high E) but is under more tension. It’s really loud, I use it with my bluegrass band because it cuts through on stage with banjos and mandolins. It’s cool on acoustic Dead tunes too.
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 #164186  by tcsned
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:22 pm
Gr8fulCadi wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:41 am
Absolutely! I’ve got a whole rig for some Travis Pickin Rockabilly. I’ll post some pics

•A 6120 Gretsch, Brian Setzer.
•74 Bassman that I sent to David Allen of Allen Amplication to mod it to a 6G6-B circuit (similar).
• A Boss DM3 for some slapback
•Nocturne Atomic Brain pedal (basically a Roland RE-301 preamp)

One chord strike and I’m instantly transported back to the 50’s. Love it!
How is the 6120? I’ve been really wanting a hollowbody electric. I love some good rockabilly. I was just playing Sleepwalk with a YouTube backing track last night :)
 #164187  by Gr8fulCadi
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:07 pm
strumminsix wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:20 pm
Gr8fulCadi wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:41 am
Absolutely! I’ve got a whole rig for some Travis Pickin Rockabilly. I’ll post some pics

•A 6120 Gretsch, Brian Setzer.
•74 Bassman that I sent to David Allen of Allen Amplication to mod it to a 6G6-B circuit (similar).
• A Boss DM3 for some slapback
•Nocturne Atomic Brain pedal (basically a Roland RE-301 preamp)

One chord strike and I’m instantly transported back to the 50’s. Love it!
BADASS! I love listening to rockabilly! It's one of 2 styles that I absolutely love just listening too without trying to emulate. The night I picked up my Gretsch I headed to the shop with my close friend who is a luthier to inspect and we talked about Brian Setzer and our mutual appreciation and listened to the Japan show on the ride back!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFvl3aMiAE0
Very cool! I did a quick search on the 6014, that’s a gorgeous looking guitar by Gretsch with an unmistakable tone too. Nice score!!

So rockabilly is 1 of 2, what’s the 2nd?
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 #164188  by Gr8fulCadi
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:20 pm
tcsned wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:22 pm
Gr8fulCadi wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:41 am
Absolutely! I’ve got a whole rig for some Travis Pickin Rockabilly. I’ll post some pics

•A 6120 Gretsch, Brian Setzer.
•74 Bassman that I sent to David Allen of Allen Amplication to mod it to a 6G6-B circuit (similar).
• A Boss DM3 for some slapback
•Nocturne Atomic Brain pedal (basically a Roland RE-301 preamp)

One chord strike and I’m instantly transported back to the 50’s. Love it!
How is the 6120? I’ve been really wanting a hollowbody electric. I love some good rockabilly. I was just playing Sleepwalk with a YouTube backing track last night :)
I love it and has a feel and sound of it’s own. It’s a B Setzer Hot Rod so it’s a tad different than the traditional 6120. It has only a volume pot and a pickup selector, that’s it! No tone control! With my amp setup I don’t miss the tone control all that much. It’s got the TV Jones Setzer signature pups too.

I’ll post a short vid tonight hopefully if the kids go down easy :-)
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 #164189  by Jon S.
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:43 pm
I still have the first electric guitar I ever owned, this '67 Hagstrom Viking I. My parents bought it for me in '69 when I was 12 years old. I don't play it much these days but when I do it delivers great rockabilly tone.

On the topics of non-GD musical passions and non-dead type gear that inspires me to play generally, of course to both - it's a big world out there.

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 #164190  by Jon S.
 Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:54 pm
Gr8fulCadi wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:20 pm
tcsned wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:22 pm
Gr8fulCadi wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:41 am
Absolutely! I’ve got a whole rig for some Travis Pickin Rockabilly. I’ll post some pics

•A 6120 Gretsch, Brian Setzer.
•74 Bassman that I sent to David Allen of Allen Amplication to mod it to a 6G6-B circuit (similar).
• A Boss DM3 for some slapback
•Nocturne Atomic Brain pedal (basically a Roland RE-301 preamp)

One chord strike and I’m instantly transported back to the 50’s. Love it!
How is the 6120? I’ve been really wanting a hollowbody electric. I love some good rockabilly. I was just playing Sleepwalk with a YouTube backing track last night :)
I love it and has a feel and sound of it’s own. It’s a B Setzer Hot Rod so it’s a tad different than the traditional 6120. It has only a volume pot and a pickup selector, that’s it! No tone control! With my amp setup I don’t miss the tone control all that much. It’s got the TV Jones Setzer signature pups too.

I’ll post a short vid tonight hopefully if the kids go down easy :-)
Setzer's amazing, isn't he? We played together some in high school (Massapequa High School in LI, NY). Here's a blast from the past pic you might dig - three of the four best MHS guitarists (the 4th was Ralph Agresta) at the entrance to the school: from left to right, Ray Penney of Great Caesar's Ghost (one of my closest friends, RIP), Brian, and Stevie Cochran (Steve Volpe).

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In those days, I was still playing more bass than guitar. At one point, I lent my amp to a friend for a gig and it blew on him. For quite a while, I couldn't afford to replace it, which Brian liked to tease me about, including in my high school yearbook (the dope in the pic below the inscription is me, obviously, not Brian :o ).

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 #164193  by strumminsix
 Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:29 am
Gr8fulCadi wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:07 pm
strumminsix wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:20 pm
Gr8fulCadi wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:41 am
Absolutely! I’ve got a whole rig for some Travis Pickin Rockabilly. I’ll post some pics

•A 6120 Gretsch, Brian Setzer.
•74 Bassman that I sent to David Allen of Allen Amplication to mod it to a 6G6-B circuit (similar).
• A Boss DM3 for some slapback
•Nocturne Atomic Brain pedal (basically a Roland RE-301 preamp)

One chord strike and I’m instantly transported back to the 50’s. Love it!
BADASS! I love listening to rockabilly! It's one of 2 styles that I absolutely love just listening too without trying to emulate. The night I picked up my Gretsch I headed to the shop with my close friend who is a luthier to inspect and we talked about Brian Setzer and our mutual appreciation and listened to the Japan show on the ride back!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFvl3aMiAE0
Very cool! I did a quick search on the 6014, that’s a gorgeous looking guitar by Gretsch with an unmistakable tone too. Nice score!!

So rockabilly is 1 of 2, what’s the 2nd?
Jazz. For years I dissected everything I liked and learned it on guitar. It was taxing. I stopped listening to music. I studied it. Then I decided to focus on some, and just listen to others. Was refreshing!

What's most excellent about this guitar is the acoustic tone. Not missing a sound hole.
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 #164198  by tcsned
 Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:56 pm
Jon S. wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:54 pm
Gr8fulCadi wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:20 pm
tcsned wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:22 pm


How is the 6120? I’ve been really wanting a hollowbody electric. I love some good rockabilly. I was just playing Sleepwalk with a YouTube backing track last night :)
I love it and has a feel and sound of it’s own. It’s a B Setzer Hot Rod so it’s a tad different than the traditional 6120. It has only a volume pot and a pickup selector, that’s it! No tone control! With my amp setup I don’t miss the tone control all that much. It’s got the TV Jones Setzer signature pups too.

I’ll post a short vid tonight hopefully if the kids go down easy :-)
Setzer's amazing, isn't he? We played together some in high school (Massapequa High School in LI, NY). Here's a blast from the past pic you might dig - three of the four best MHS guitarists (the 4th was Ralph Agresta) at the entrance to the school: from left to right, Ray Penney of Great Caesar's Ghost (one of my closest friends, RIP), Brian, and Stevie Cochran (Steve Volpe).

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In those days, I was still playing more bass than guitar. At one point, I lent my amp to a friend for a gig and it blew on him. For quite a while, I couldn't afford to replace it, which Brian liked to tease me about, including in my high school yearbook (the dope in the pic below the inscription is me, obviously, not Brian :o ).

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That is too cool!! Setzer has been one of my favorite guitar players since that first Stray Cats record hit.
 #164201  by Gr8fulCadi
 Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:49 pm
Had a hunch it was jazz. I tried to pick it up, kids came along and that was that!! I will try again in the future. I listen to a lot of bebop style, mostly 60’s era.

Yea I checked out some YouTube clips of the 6014, has that classic Americana tone for sure. Enjoy
 #164205  by strumminsix
 Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:52 am
Jon S. wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:54 pm
Gr8fulCadi wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:20 pm
tcsned wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:22 pm


How is the 6120? I’ve been really wanting a hollowbody electric. I love some good rockabilly. I was just playing Sleepwalk with a YouTube backing track last night :)
I love it and has a feel and sound of it’s own. It’s a B Setzer Hot Rod so it’s a tad different than the traditional 6120. It has only a volume pot and a pickup selector, that’s it! No tone control! With my amp setup I don’t miss the tone control all that much. It’s got the TV Jones Setzer signature pups too.

I’ll post a short vid tonight hopefully if the kids go down easy :-)
Setzer's amazing, isn't he? We played together some in high school (Massapequa High School in LI, NY). Here's a blast from the past pic you might dig - three of the four best MHS guitarists (the 4th was Ralph Agresta) at the entrance to the school: from left to right, Ray Penney of Great Caesar's Ghost (one of my closest friends, RIP), Brian, and Stevie Cochran (Steve Volpe).

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In those days, I was still playing more bass than guitar. At one point, I lent my amp to a friend for a gig and it blew on him. For quite a while, I couldn't afford to replace it, which Brian liked to tease me about, including in my high school yearbook (the dope in the pic below the inscription is me, obviously, not Brian :o ).

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That's really cool Jon! Was he a natural back then? I'm sure he put in a lot work, but let's me honest, for some people guitar and music comes more natural.