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Old 11-09-2013, 12:37 PM   #1
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Help Choosing Guitar? Gretsch or Epiphone

Hi guys, I've been reading these forums for a while but I've not found anything that matches exactly what I'm trying to find out. I have a question, and I'm wondering what guitar you guys think is better. I'm after buying either a vintage Epiphone Casino or a vintage Gretsch Country Gentleman, they both appear to be in the same price range, I was hoping some of you guys could share some of your opinions, like, which has the better pick-ups, which is better overall etc. I don't really know much about the Gretsch, but I've been researching the Casino for a while, so thanks for any help.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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An old Gretsch will sound like old Chet Atkins/Eddie Cochran/Carl Perkins stuff. An old Casino will sound less twangy, with a later years Harrison/Lennon sound.

Gretsch having high quality standards is a new thing that happened after Fender took over guitar manufacturing. With old Gretsch guitars you’ll have to watch out for build problems, especially with the neck joint. There’s a reason old Gretsch guitars seem to cost a lost less than they should—not a lot of people want to gamble on getting a guitar that needs hundreds of dollars of labor.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:41 PM   #3
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What is the reason you're looking for vintage versions of those as opposed to modern? Or at other guitars?
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:17 PM   #4
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What is the reason you're looking for vintage versions of those as opposed to modern? Or at other guitars?


I like the fact they are old, also the fact that the Casino is USA/Gibson made. Not sure if the Gretsch was made in USA as well, but older stuff always seems to be better.
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:19 PM   #5
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I'm also considering a Gretsch White Falcon, could anyone tell me the difference between that and the CG? They look pretty much the same
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