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    He's done, he's so done. Yeah, whatever! Congratulations, Cap'n!
    Some contend that rock 'n roll is bad for the body & bad for the soul
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    Congrats. A man can’t retire without a strat.
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    Yeah, Man.... Be sure to post pics of the next one... (12 step program = 12 guitars)
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    Okay, here you go:



    I always wanted a hollow body and been seriously gassing for a Gibson ES-275 of late but decided I didn't want to lay down big bucks on another guitar. I've stumbled across a few video reviews of late singing the praises of the entry level Indonesian made Gretsch Streamliner guitars, so decided to travel the 100 miles to my nearest dealer to try them out.
    I was simply blown away by the quality and playability of these instruments and came away with this beauty from the range for 380!
    No matter how hard I look, I cannot find any flaw in the craftsmanship whatsoever - it's as perfectly made as anything from Collings or PRS - seriously good. The action and intonation were spot-on out the box and the thing was even still in tune!
    The only criticism I had were the original cheapo plastic control knobs, which I've now replaced with aftermarket chrome Gretsch style knobs as seen here.
    The pickups are rich and deep and the frets are dressed perfectly and make for comfortable playing with smooth edges and a slightly rolled fretboard.
    Everyone should have one of these - they are stunning!
    I'm a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

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    That sounds promising. Congrats again. I have been looking at these as something completely different from my stable. Plus I’m not willing to spring for a USA Gretsch especially considering I’ve never played one. Good to hear your review.
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    I've never played a USA Gretsch either and by all accounts they are brighter than the Streamliners. However, I was looking for that rich, deep sound anyway as that is what I associate with a hollow body.
    After spending a bit of time with this guitar the only other comment I'd make is I find the tone control to be of limited use. It's clearly an audio taper pot and (like so many tone circuits) you loose a lot of volume as you back off the tone, which also happens at a fast rate (you're running just acoustic at less than half way back).
    As such, I run the guitar pretty much flat out with the tone and individual volumes. I then use the guitar's master volume and the amp's tone controls for seasoning to taste. I might take a look at the electronics set-up further down the line but for now I'm having a lot of fun with this guitar just as she is.
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    ...actually, I now take all I said back about the tone control!

    I was alone in the house today, so had the opportunity to crank the Blues Deluxe and the Cornell Romany Plus with the Gretsch and the tone control worked just fine at decent volumes (i.e. loud house volumes but not quite gigging volumes). Previously I'd mainly played it through my practice amp at lower volumes, which doesn't allow the tone control to function that well for some reason.
    I'm a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

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    Good details. I’m going to get to a store and test drive one. Thanks.
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