#1
As the title reads, I have come about two and a half new guitars. So lets begin with the one I obtained first:

I wanted to try something non-Gibson. All the I wanted was a limited Les Paul Custom '57 VOS in the beautiful light blue, but I couldn't bring myself to getting. While browsing through my favorite local shop, I decided to stay away from Gibson guitars. I tried several telecasters -- new, vintage, custom shop, different brands, etc. but as much I wish I liked telecasters, I couldn't find one that played and sounded right for me. So, naturally, I went to stratocasters and went through the same routine, and then came out short handed.

Then a salesman took my over to a wall filled with Gretsch guitars. I was drawn to mine at once. I played many, even the rarer, "better," made in the USA ones, but this sounded and felt the best.


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I had heard one of these being reviewed on ProGuitarShop.com, but not in a finish like this...


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I fell in love. It's a Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet. this thing rocks! I'll post clips... someday...

more photo's in following posts:
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#2

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I think the finish is so damn cool


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the neck feels great, and the inlays really stand out to me.


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a smaller, lesser seen Gretsch head stock


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More pictures in next post:
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#3
an up close (and out of focus) shot of the finish


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I was really surprised at the gain on the back


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blurred out serial code, my first Japanese made guitar


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Here's a little shot next to the pedals and amp:


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Review in next post...
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#5
Review:

I was extremely hesitant on getting a guitar not manufactured by Gibson. It was at the time, all I knew. To top that off, the guitar was made in Japan. Let me begin by saying, those Japanese plants know what they are doing! There is not one single flaw on it. Every single aspect looks perfect: no irregularities.

The tone switch system works great, and it definitely does not take anything away from the tone. The up position is like rolling a tone knob to half way, the middle leaves the pickup untouched, and the down position is like turning a tone knob to 15 (out of 10). It boosts the mids, giving a great growl through an overdrivin amp.

I love the sound of those filtertrons. They sound to me like really, really hot PAF type pickups. Great for rock, blues, etc. The neck pickup offers great cleans for jazz. I haven't heard a bad sound out of this bad boy.

Bigsby's have become my favorite tremolo system. I don't need any divebomb effects, or any bending that will get my 4 notes lower... All i need is the Bigsby pitch bending. I think it sounds very honest, and i have never had a problem with tuning and the tremolo. They look pretty bad ass too!

All of the volume knobs are cool aesthetically, but I they're as practical as a volume control can be.

The stock Grover tuners serve the guitar well, complementing it's looks and of course, keeping stable tuning. I love Grovers.

My only complaint with this guitar is the bridge. While it does sound good, look great, and work well with the Bigsby, the strings do have an easy time finding their way off of it. I learned this during my first gig with it two months ago. A part of one of my songs, played heavily on the E string, caused it to pop off and screw me up. I adapted quick, but I didn't figure out what the issue was until the song was over.

I would give this guitar a 8/10. I fantastic addition to my collection. Here are the specs:

Black Gloss Urethane Finish
Clear Gloss Back and Sides
Semi-Hollow Mahogany Body
Arched Laminated Maple Top
One Piece Mahogany Neck
24.6” Scale
12” Radius Ebony Fretboard
High Sensitivity Filter-Tron Pickups
Ebony Based Space Control Roller Bridge
Gretsch Bigsby B3C Vibrato Tailpiece
“Thumbnail” Inlays
Bound Body, Fretboard, and Headstock
Controls:
Neck Volume
Bridge Volume
Master Volume
3 Position Master Tone Switch
3 Position Pickup Selector

Sadly, Gretsch has discontinued this model. I am not sure weather they still make the regular Duo Jets, but the Silver Jet has its own, strong character. Two months later, I got guitar number two:
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

Last edited by kracdown at Aug 26, 2011,
#6
That is flipping sweet
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#7
Just as badly as i wanted a non-Gibson, I really wanted a Harmony Rocket H-78. Now, due to the rarity of these guitars, I was surprised by my folks with one of these when I returned home from a summer camp:

It didn't come with an original case:


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But here it is


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It isn't a Harmony Rocket, H-78. It's something i had no idea existed, but I like it even more.


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The wood is beautiful, this is one of the coolest finishes I've ever seen


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It is a Harmony Rocket H-75. It's essentially an H-78, but with a different finish, and no Bigsby.

More pictures in the next post
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#8
The neck, with the very nice looking square inlays:


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The Harmony headstock with the tortoise shell plastic over it


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my guitar tech made a custom bridge for it, much nicer than the after market metal one it had when I obtained it


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the strange blob here is my foot, which I tried to blur out. (it takes away from the guitar


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more pictures in the next post
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#9
non-original tuners --ill explain later


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Group shot!


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Review in next post:
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#10
Review:

For something built in 1968, my Harmony has aged incredibly well. There are very few ware marks, and only one small dent in the neck. It is very aesthetically pleasing. It screams class. It has taken over as my main guitar.

As far as the sound goes, all I can say is: wow.

This thing ROCKS. Want to here what it would sound like? Listen to a Black Keys record (pre-Brothers... i hate brothers...). The three switches control each pickup. Each has an up and down position, up being off, and down being on. This is my first and only three pickup guitar. The knobs control the volume, and tone of each pickup. I absolutely love the versatility it has to offer.

The neck is the best neck I have ever played. I can't quite describe the shape, but I thoroughly enjoy having it in my hand. The double cut-away gives 100% fret access, and looks great.

I tried keeping this one true to its vintage nature, but there are a few things I needed to change:
When I received the guitar, it had the Schaller tuners, some weird aftermarket medal bridge, and no pickguard. First, I ordered an original bridge from another guitar of off ebay, and then a reproduction pickguard. I also ordered another set of vintage knobs, since they are in such short supply. When I took it to my guitar tech, he decided to make his own wooden bridge, which works great and looks awesome. The repro pickguard looks true to the original, and I didn't need to change the knobs (though I have six extra) or tuners.

This guitar gets a 10/10. I love it, and it's perfect in every way.

While I love the gig bag i got with it, I though i needed an original case to keep it true to its vintage nature, which brings us to guitar .5:
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#11
I searched endlessly online and through ebay to try to find an original case. I had absolutely no luck. I turned to my local craigslist, and was very surprised at what I found. Someone was selling a case, but a case with so much more... look at what was inside:


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A sanded down, Harmony Rocket H-75 body!


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Besides the paint, there is not a single thing wrong with the body. I refinish, and this thing would be ready to go!


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Review in next post:
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#13
Along with the case, I received every piece of original hardware that should have been on the guitar! I'm talking pickups, pots, knobs, switches, output jack, original pickguard, original tuners, and original bridge. The only thing missing was the tail piece. What I though (and was advertised) as a Harmony H-75 was really a Heath H-46, a rebranded Harmony H-78. I figured this out by a receipt in the case, and a sticker on the back of the pickgaurd. Either way, this will make an awesome guitar someday. I am debating weather to keep the parts incase something happens to my Harmony, or make a really cool Harmony H-76, the same as the H-75 but with a Bigsby. This body has the potential to make a great guitar, I just don't want to spend more money after I bought the other two guitars, which were by no means cheap.

Here is the Harmony in the vintage case:


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It seems very natural in there! I would never take it anywhere in that case, but it is cool to own an original.

Thanks for reading. I am very pleased with my guitars, feel free to ask questions.


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Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#14
that Grestch is BEAUTIFUL! damn man, nice guitar
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#16
Thanks! I am very content right now.
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#17
Great stuff man. So many pics. Thats how a NGD should be done.

HNGD!
2012 Gibson Les Paul Custom Classic
2001 Schecter C-1 Classic
2007 Yamaha APX500
Vox AC15CC1 w/ Eminence Tonkerlite
Assorted Pedals!

All for sale!

Call me Matt!
#18
HNGD

BTW, I like your pedalboard
HILT!

Where's Waldo?

#20
A lovely rig all 'round. HNGD.
Money beats soul every time.

Money beats soul...every time.

Money...beats soul...every...goddamn...time.
#21
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Great stuff man. So many pics. Thats how a NGD should be done.

HNGD!


Thank you! And I Agree. I loved taking and looking at these pictures. I may bring the camera back out tomorrow and take pictures of my other three guitars , who haven't made appearances on UG yet.
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#23
Oh yes, oh yes.
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#24
lovely ngd-thread!
i like the gretsch but the finish wouldn't really fit me i'd prefer the dark green-ish one over sparklin silver.
as for the other stuff dang you are one lucky B =P
HNGD dude
#25
Chuck a bit of lacquer on that unfinished one and that would look stunning great gear/thread mate!
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#27
damn bro. way to treat yourself right.


rock-a-billycore central right there.


what you need is....


a pink 57 caddy drop top.
I wondered why the frisbee was getting bigger, then it hit me.
#29
Quote by wolvenrick
lovely ngd-thread!
i like the gretsch but the finish wouldn't really fit me i'd prefer the dark green-ish one over sparklin silver.
as for the other stuff dang you are one lucky B =P
HNGD dude


I didn't get it for the finish! Though, I think it looks badass.

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damn bro. way to treat yourself right.


rock-a-billycore central right there.


what you need is....


a pink 57 caddy drop top.


^^^ The Fender Bassman and Roland Space Echo are on their way
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)