So those of you who know me know that I'm pretty harsh about guitars. That said, I WILL give credit where and when it's due.
I've had pretty bad Gretsch GAS for about a year now and the whole time Christian (the guy who invented fire) kept telling me that I should try an Electromatic. I played a few and was very impressed with the playability. The pickups were even decent! I was pretty much sold on the idea.
Now, I LOVE the look of a white falcon, but wasn't about to lay down the cash to get those without knowing if I'd even be able to PLAY a Gretsch long term and I didn't have a cool 3k laying around
So I found out GC did a limited run of 5120s and I called the only GC guy I'll really deal with and asked him to find one if he could. After he told me there were 90 left in the US I ordered it. It came in a decent case and looked good and played good out of the box. Shortly after receiving it I dubbed it "the white egret" since it's obviously not a falcon, but is falcon inspired. There are little fit and finish things that could be better, specifically the binding, but for this pricepoint I got a LOT of guitar.
I took it to practice and the guys fell in love with it. The different look and sound sold them. I put the full size bigsby spring in it and now the vibrato feels more familiar like my B7.
Shortly after all of that I picked up a TV Jones superton neck and Magnatron bridge. These really pushed the guitar to the next level without even changing switches or pots (alphas) Tonight I just dropped in a TV Jones Classic bridge and decided to take a few pics to share, see below.
The supertron neck is round and warm, but DEFINITELY not a PAF type of sound. It style has more bite and spank than any regular PAF. It's also even different from a firebird pickup.
I'm about to go to the music room and play so I'll give you all the REAL rundown on the bridge pup soon.