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Gretsch Broadkaster

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SuperDuperStar, Sep 30, 2002.

  1. What are your thoughts on this bass? Or any other large body semi-hollow bass?
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I thought the Gretsch Broadcaster was the drum set that forced Leo Fender to rename his first solidbody electric "Telecaster"...
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Gretsch guitars and basses, IMO, have always had very weak but extremely "clean sounding" pickups, regardless of the parent company that owned them or whether it was the Gretsch family in control. (These instruments were originally designed for the country/western market, not to compete with a PRS guitar running through a Marshall).

    Those Filteron (sp?) pickups are quite weak, IMO, compared with the more modern designs available today. If you are playing "smooth jazz" or with a James Taylor-type, a Gretsch could be good choice, I guess.

    Fender bought the rights to take over the Gretsch company in the beginning of 2003. Maybe they'll sound like something to be reckoned with when Fender takes over.

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