#1
I'm looking to upgrade my gear, starting with a new electric (followed by a new amp in the further future, probably a Vox AC15 CC1). I'm torn between two options, one being the Epiphone Casino, the other the Gretsch Junior Jet II (the 2 pick up version, in tobacco sunburst), which I've only recently discovered. Since I already have tested the Epiphone Casino thoroughly, I'm looking for other opinions on the Gretsch.

What's your opinion on the Gretsch Junior Jet II? Do you have one, have soundclips of it? Is it reliable enough to gig with?
#2
can you please list the types of bands youre trying to sound like? The casino with the vox would be a very good combo but if you're looking to play something very high gain it could give a **** load of feedback.
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#3
Bands would be very useful, mainly because those are 2 very different guitars so I guess you'd use them for different reasons.

SLightlyofftopic: When you play the Casino unplugged how loud is it?
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#4
As stated, they are 2 very different guitars, so you need to think what sort of tone you're going for. The Casino will have a warmer tone but with a nice edge because of the P90's. The Gretsch will be more focused sounding and can handle gain more.
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#5
i vote for both! does the gretsch have a bigsby?
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Bands would be very useful, mainly because those are 2 very different guitars so I guess you'd use them for different reasons.

SLightlyofftopic: When you play the Casino unplugged how loud is it?


The Casino is fully hollow, but it's a thinline, so it's not very loud. And the Gretsch doesn't have a Bigsby, but it should be easy to install.

I listen to a lot of stuff: The Who, The Beatles, Arctic Monkeys, Whiskeytown, Bob Dylan, The Band, Oasis, David Bowie, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and lots of other things.
The Epiphone Casino is of course the obvious way to go for a Beatles fanatic, but it's more expensive, and I might have a problem with the feedback. The Gretsch is cheaper, looks more exclusive (you don't see many of them) and alternative, and feedback wouldn't be a problem, since it's solid. I don't play really high gain styles, but I like a bit of crunch or overdrive.

So I'm looking for a garage/alternative or allround rock guitar, with a good clean sound and a nice overdriven tone; no hard distortion, but certainly a bit of crunch.
(And preferably one of the two, I really don't want this thread to overflow with other suggestions)
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#7
what about a thin line tele with humbuckers?

oops, nm, 'no other suggestions'
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#8
I think that either of them would suit you very well, but just for a little more gain i would go with the Gretsch.
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#9
The Gretsch could easily cover all of those styles, and through the Vox, you won't have trouble finding a nice tone to work with. It's a winning combination imho.

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#10
I tested a Gretsch Electromatic Duo Jet today (which hase the same pickups as the Junior Jet), and this is definetely the sound I'm after! So I left the store where I found the Gretsch, to go and ask the people in my favourite small shop, close to where I live, to order the Junior Jet, only to find out they couldn't order Gretsches unless they ordered Gretsches for a giant amount of money. So now I've sent an e-mail to the other shop (I didn't have time to go there again), asking what it would cost me there and how long I would have to wait.

I do feel sorry for turning to another shop, though. I have bought 2 guitars, two amps, two cases and a shitload of cables, strings and picks there, and when they didn't have what I wanted, I always went to try it somewhere else and then ordered it in my usual shop. So I really go someplace else for the first time (well, of course it has happened that I bought picks and strings somewhere else, but not big things), simply because I have to.