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A Gretsch like this one is the first studio quality guitar I ever handled. It belonged to a friend of my mother's. I always considered Gretsch's to be the "Steinway" of guitars. Gibson, Fender, et al, all have "B" and "C" lines of less expensive and sometimes downright cheap guitars,but not Gretsch. If you picked up a Gretsch,you immediately felt the weight and saw and felt the quality. Note the little bit of "hammering on". (I wonder if Hendrix learned this from Chet, It could have been the other way 'round. Atkins never stopped learning and innovating) BTW, Tyler, if Gretsch DID make a "B" line,don't tell me about it, I would be crushed.




OK, I couldn't help myself and looked. Gretsch does make a base model for $499.00. Oh well, at keast I can feel a bit vindicated by the blurb printed in the catalogue: "The single cutaway Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet Electric Guitar recalls the glory days of the early '60s. Back then, Gretsch guitars set the standard for rock, rockabilly, and country guitar." Almost all other models are above $2000.00 which means I'll never own one.


Well to be honest I didn't know if Gretsch guitars made a "B" cheaper guitar or not, but I bet you one thing even thou its cheaper, it plays good and sounds good.

My guitar is a custom (Avril Lavigne) Fender Telecaster, which is a very well made guitar. Avril actually plays that guitar on stage thru the huge sound system they have, the very same guitar. And its a Fender (squire) telly, Fenders "B" guitar.. There are other great and popular musicians that play Fender squires and many who play Gibson Epiphone guitars "B", they prefer them. But guitar names like Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, will always make great guitars no matter what class it is. There are a lot of other guitar manufacturers (off brand) that make copies of those guitar brands, that are cheap and sound cheap, they cut a lot of corners to save cost, but if you actually have a brand name like Gibson or Fender and Gretsch, no matter what the price or class (B) you have a nice guitar. They can afford to make a great guitar at a cheaper price, they have their reputation to think about as well.

I like Chet Atkins, that was some great guitar playing.


Just thought I'd post some info about my guitar, hell, I got nothing else to do:

The Avril Lavigne Telecaster guitar features the chart-topping Grammy® nominee's distinctive star logo inlaid at the fifth fret, with a checkerboard pickguard and Lavigne's signature on the headstock. Other features include a single humbucking pickup, chrome hardware, a "Squier" engraved neckplate and side-dot only position markers. A maple neck and rosewood fretboard mean smooth feel and fast action. The single humbucker features a 3-way selector that provides split-coil tones in addition to humbucker mode. With a single volume knob, the Avril Lavigne Telecaster is a stripped-down and un-"Complicated" rocker with a killer vibe!

Squier by Fender Avril Lavigne Telecaster Electric Guitar Features:

* Series: Squier Artist Series
* Body: Basswood
* Neck: Maple, C-Shape, Satin Polyurethane Finish
* Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" Radius (241 mm)
* No. of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
* Pickups: 1 Dual-Coil Humbucking Pickup
* Controls: Volume
* Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade:
* Position 1. Front Coil
* Position 2. Full Humbucker (Both Coils)
* Position 3. Rear Coil
* Bridge: 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Bridge
* Machine Heads: Standard Die-Cast Tuners
* Hardware: Chrome
* Pickguard: 3-Ply Black and White Checkerboard
* Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
* Width at Nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
* Unique Features: Distinctive Star Logo at 5th Fret, Black and White Checkerboard Pickguard, Avril Lavigne Signature on the Headstock, Gold and Black Squier Logo, "Squier" Engraved Neckplate, Black Plastic Parts, Side Dot Position Inlays Only
* Strings: Fender Super 250L, (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel p/n 073-0250-003



That pic of Avril reminds me that playing a guitar must be tough on girls. Callouses on yer fingers and broken nails,etc. I notice that a lot of women who play regularly use a kapo to hold the strings down at a higher key. I use flat-wounds myself,not to avoid those problems,but because they're so slick and quick.


I have often wondered how Dolly Parton plays the guitar with those long nails!!

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