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Gretsch Custom Shop Masterbuilt Duo Jet - Champagne Sparkle

Ace139

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Just the thread I needed to find - AWESOME GUITARS & Photography!!


That’s the thing I love about the LPF - there is always a thread that will put the match to your GAS. I’m on a Penguin hunt. I know the answer because I’ve given it to other that asked this question regarding LPs. However if you could humor me - are the custom shops worth it. I’ve got a line a a good used Japan Penguin - Stern Custom is 2X $$. Worth it?

Thanks
 

jwalker99

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In short, yes the Gretsch Custom shop guitars are stellar. Stephen Stern, a former Fender custom shop luthier took over the Gretsch shop. And they are putting incredible guitars. I love Penguins - they are special guitars.

For example, I bought a Gretsch Japan White Falcon 2 yrs ago. This was also good guitar for sure. Then i came across a custom shop white falcon relic and its a major impreovement . It resonates more strongly and sounds / plays better, the relic job is really nice too. Lastly they hold their value. But a Gretsch Japan ax new and its worth 40% less the next day. So i would advise buying used. Or why not spend $1k more and the guitar retains its value plus its a better player.

I have a custom shop red penguin, in the pics on this thread.




Just the thread I needed to find - AWESOME GUITARS & Photography!!


That’s the thing I love about the LPF - there is always a thread that will put the match to your GAS. I’m on a Penguin hunt. I know the answer because I’ve given it to other that asked this question regarding LPs. However if you could humor me - are the custom shops worth it. I’ve got a line a a good used Japan Penguin - Stern Custom is 2X $$. Worth it?

Thanks
 

Ace139

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Jwalker - thanks for the info - also beautiful Penguin. The Strap also takes it up a notch :salude
 

RocknRollShakeUp

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I got this gem recently. It's one of the best playing guitars that I've ever owned.
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Killer! I have a Player's Edition Black Falcon, and my next Gretsch needs to be a Custom Shop Jet of some type! What an awesome guitar you gots! Play it in good health man!
My dilemma will be dynosonics vs filtertrons (my Black Falcon has HS Filtertrons). Does yours have TV Jones Ray Butts or others?
 

Ace139

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Is there a big difference between the duo jets and Penguin? Looks like depending on the RI year you get you can get the PUs you want. The biggest difference I see Is the headstock - anything else huge tha5 I’m missing ? Are the necks real,different. (Example R8 VS RO ...etc.)

Thank You - appreciate any insight - sorry for the hi-jack:peace2
 

rockabilly69

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Here is my Stephen Stern Custom Penguin ( 1 of a kind) Red w Burns Tremelo and "Aces" inlays. Killer guitar.



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What Burns Trem? I see a Bigsby Tremolo. Is it just the arm you're talking about?

Steve

Here is my Red Sparkle Triple Jet. Has 2 Filtertrons and 1 Dynasonic pickups. Has a great wide range of sound. When I saw it i bought it next day because i wanted the Dynasonic sound but Filtertrons were so glossy. So this is the best of both worlds. Plus it looks ridiculously good.


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I see two Dynasonics and 1 Filtertron

BTW I'm a huge Gretsch fan but no custon shop Stern models I just have some stock models, but they get the job done...

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Steve Tr

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This is a beautiful guitar. Do you have any additional hi-res images?





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