Gretsch Streamliner G2655?

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  1. KraftyBob

    KraftyBob Well-Known Member

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    Anyone own or familiar with this guitar? I've been jonesing for something to to get me close to the tone in this Justin Johnson video but don't want to spend a ton on another guitar (he's not using the Gretsch btw). So I've been looking at some of the semi-hollow body guitars and have been leaning toward the Gretsch based on the really good reviews it's been getting for the price point.

    I'm interest to learn more about the these Broad'Tron pickups in the Gretsch. I've read somewhere that they are essentially low output Gibson style humbuckers - they do kind of have a P-90 vibe IMO. I know the Epiphone Casino uses P-90's and the Dot uses humbuckers, so maybe it's not that far off?

    The other question is how much does the semi-hollow body truly affect the tone? I've always been in the camp that the majority of tone comes from the pickup since it is an electrical signal after all. With that, would I get a similar tone just installing a set of Broad'Tron style pups in one of my solid body guitars, or do you really need the openness of a semi-hollow? BTW, I'm not interested in a hollow body guitar as I don't care for the large size.

     
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    You should be able to find an old Harmony like his fairly easy, probably cheaper than the Gretsch. Yes, the hollowness matters.
     
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    It's a Harmony Monterey and I've looked online for that guitar. Apparently there are about a million different versions, most of which are acoustic. Also, I'm not a fan of trems so I don't want one with a Bigsby which narrows my options even more.

    I figured if the Gretsch gets me close, I can get it anytime (without the trem) so thought this would be an easier route. I'm using money I'm making off repairing amps and flipping them so I'm not quite there yet - which will give me a little more time to watch for a Harmony.

    After I posted this I did some more reading between hollow and semi hollow body and one thing that was pretty consistent is you tend to get more feedback with the hollow body so that aligns with what you're saying in that the hollowness matters/affects it. This confirms for me that I want the semi hollow body.
     
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    Well, I'm a big fan of Gretsch guitars and own 3 or 5 so I ain't trying to talk you out of it. I know a few guys with Streamliners and they are happy with them, my uncle just got a 2420 and i had it at my house to put a Bigsby on it, i thought it was killer, especially for a $400.00 axe. So, go forth and purchase that thing.:fever:
    You gotta add pickups yourself to most Harmony archtops, i got this kinda beat one for 100 bux, plays great though. It didn't come with the DeArmond though, the pickup is definitely worth more than the guitar. 20181206_155719.jpg
     
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    Krafty, I don't own one but I would for sure. Gretsch makes good quality stuff. Some to die for...
    Country Gentleman, White Falcon.
    For sure the semi hollowness provides lots and lots of tonality. This I know 'cause I do own the original issue Ibanez AS73.
    I would say..go for it. From Sweetwater or whomever will allow a return if you turn out to be unhappy with the purchase. Win/Win.
    BP
    p.s. The price is very very reasonable and the colors are imo great. I am partial to that dark green with the totoise shell pick guard and that TV yellow one I also dig.
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    Interesting about needing to add the pickup afterward - I didn't think about that. I'll have to take another look through the Harmony's and others that are available and see if there's anything to consider. If not, I'm heavily leaning toward the Gretsch. I have a Gretsch Dorado acoustic - which I think the Dorado line is similar to the Epiphone line for Gibson(?), but I've never even played a Gretsch electric.
     
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    Interesting - thanks for posting.
     
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    Hey Axe - thanks for posting. I saw saw some of these and really like how it sounds.
     

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