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Old 01-23-2021, 09:31 AM
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I've played a couple, and although I'm partial to the "baby Falcon" white version - I was seriously thinking of buying one and "Falconizing" it with aftermarket parts - it's a fully pro-quality instrument that just happens to sell at an intermediate/step-up price; FWIW I've seen a couple local Beatles tribute bands use it as their "George" guitar, and if you ever get the chance to run it through a Vox AC combo (I like the AC10 1x10" and AC30S1 1x12" with this guitar - YMMV) it'll bring tears to your eyes...

BTW, don't be afraid to ask for an additional discount - IME Sweetwater is very accommodating in this respect - use the difference toward a hardshell case (check out the Gator Journeyman - near dead-ringer for a $500 Gretsch "Western" factory case at 1/4 the price), and have a couple sets of flatwound 11's on hand (de rigeur on a hollow/semi-hollow Gretsch)...


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Thanks, Steve,

I'm also considering ordering the "baby Falcon" model:

Gretsch G5422TG Electromatic Hollowbody Double-Cut with Bigsby - Snowcrest White

I've just sent an email to my Sweetwater sales engineer asking for the best price he can give me on the "George" and "baby Falcon" models, and for buying both models at once. I'd keep the "George" and give my daughter the "baby Falcon".
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Old 01-23-2021, 11:10 AM
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...I'd keep the "George" and give my daughter the "baby Falcon"...
If you really want to pump things up (you're one generous dad...) here's some custom touches that would "Falconize" it even further:



https://quickguards.com/products/gre...lcon-pickguard



https://quickguards.com/products/gre...ss-rod-cover-1



https://www.angela.com/gretschbigsby...tailpiece.aspx



https://www.angela.com/gretschusagol...knobsfour.aspx

- and it wouldn't be complete without one of these:



https://www.angela.com/gretschvintag...220664005.aspx

- or these:



https://www.angela.com/gretschtooled...trapwhite.aspx

Don't know how old she is or if she plays in a band, but it'll definitely turn a lot of heads (especially among other guitarists) at her next gig - and if you're interested there's a Chet Atkins pickguard/horseshoe trussrod cover, bar bridge, and black skinny strap for Dad's guitar...
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Old 01-24-2021, 12:34 PM
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Thanks, Steve, those are cool-looking White Falcon swap-outs!
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Old 01-30-2021, 08:26 AM
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I can get the Gretsch G5422TG Electromatic Hollowbody Double-Cut with Bigsby - Walnut Stain from Sweetwater for $840 but the guitars are back-ordered until May, They do however have the Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic Hollowbody Double-cut with Bigsby - Orange Stain in stock which is the same guitar as the G5422TG except it doesn't have the gold hardware. I've yet to ask for the best price on this model.

Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic Hollowbody Double-cut with Bigsby - Orange Stain
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Both nice guitars so it's strictly your choice - orange one has a mid-60's Chet Atkins Nashville vibe, under 7 pounds (perfect for those skinny straps), should be able to save another $120+/- over the walnut/gold version...
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I can get the Gretsch G5422TG Electromatic Hollowbody Double-Cut with Bigsby - Walnut Stain from Sweetwater for $840 but the guitars are back-ordered until May, They do however have the Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic Hollowbody Double-cut with Bigsby - Orange Stain in stock which is the same guitar as the G5422TG except it doesn't have the gold hardware. I've yet to ask for the best price on this model.

Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic Hollowbody Double-cut with Bigsby - Orange Stain
An orange Gretsch is classic!
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