1. avatar TimS
    Folks, I'm in need of some assistance.

    I've been looking for a new guitar for a while and i'm finding it difficut to locate a couple of options i'm interested in. The three i'm currently considering are:
    - 52 Reissue Telecaster
    - Rickenbacker 360 [url]http://www.imuso.co.uk/images/Product/EG00256.jpg[/url]
    - Gretsch hollowbody. Probably a double cutaway something like this [url]http://www.gruhn.com/photo/EG3015.jpg[/url] or this: [url]http://www.harmony-central.com/Newp/WNAMM99/Gretsch/White-Falcon-Jr.jpg[/url]

    The Telecaster was easy to get my hands on but I've checked the guitar shops in Belfast and Dublin and I can't find a Rickenbacker or Gretsch anywhere. I know I can get any of them ordered or online but I definitely want to try them all out first.

    Therefore it would be really helpful if someone could point me in the direction of a shop stocking either of the hard-to-find options. Also, on the off-chance that anybody is looking rid of one, then drop me a note.

    Thanks

    Tim

    *crosses fingers*
  2. avatar Per
    did you look in the Guitar Emporium? i haven't been in in a while but they usually have a few Gretsch hollowbodies, beautiful instruments
  3. avatar chrisjedijane
    AFAIK the guitar emporium had a couple of Gretsches (A white falcon and a 6120 at least) and a couple of Rickenbackers for a while there, but I can't remember if they're still there.

    Judging by the wide range of guitars that you've talked about in your original post I would hazard a guess that you're not really sure what guitar you want - those three types of guitar are all pretty disparate, and they all have extremely different characteristics.

    Rickys have very unusually-shaped necks (very narrow at the nut, with an unusual profile) that means people usually love them or hate them - the same applies to the tone of them too. Gretsches can be quite idiosyncratic (do you really need that string mute, for example?) and can sometimes be something of a "one-trick pony". Telecasters are good all-rounders, and are one of the few guitars that you will see being used in most musical styles, but they'll never sound quite like a Gretsch or a Ricky.

    I think you need to ask yourself what you actually expect out of the guitar, and this will narrow your options down somewhat.
  4. avatar TimS
    Thanks for the comments folks. The guitar emporium only has a 12 string rickenabacker and no gretschs. They said they're getting a couple of both in sometime over the next 2/3 months but they were a little vague.

    As for the direction of the whole search. You're quite right: i don't know exactly what i want. I always thought i wanted a tele, but now that i've actually got the opportunity to get a decent guitar i've started becoming a bit obsessively completist about trying options that i'd previously given up on.

    Since i started playing guitar i always thought rickenbackers and gretschs were brilliant looking instruments, but they were unatainable. I know there is a love/hate thing about the Rickenbacker's necks and that Gretschs don't suit everybody but trying them out is the only way to be sure. It's not like one of my mates is going to have one lying around to try.

    Everything seems to point to trying them out, hence the original post.

    Cheers
  5. avatar Kingnez
    try far east guitars some of their jap tele reissues are great
  6. avatar TimS
    Yeah, i believe the Jap reissues are really good but again, difficult to try before you buy.
  7. avatar Speed Demon
    [quote:ef9c53915d="TimS"]Yeah, i believe the Jap reissues are really good but again, difficult to try before you buy.[/quote:ef9c53915d] http://www.mcguitars.co.uk/
    Based in Dromara.
  8. avatar swaman4
    hi, if your still looking you can play a 52 telecaster ( japanese ) just check out www.mcguitars.co.uk they are in dromara co. down
    they also have a 52 tele with humbucker at the neck just like keith richards
    i dont think they will have any gretches but they sometimes have used ricky's and always seem to have some gibson 335's maybe that would be another option for you
    john is a helpful guy and i dont know how he does it but if they dont have something he always seems to be able to get things quickly, got one of my mates a gibson firebird custom shop like new and another one a G&L tele, cannot praise him enough

    hope this helps
  9. avatar chrisjedijane
    are you the man behind mcguitars, by any chance?
  10. avatar swaman4
    not at all, but i got a good deal from them, its a nice place to go to look or buy, and he worked hard to get a couple of mates of mine that i had recommended him to sorted with gear, and if you check there are others that have dealt with him that have left really good comments here...i got great service and that is why i recomend him, and i am also now an avid fan of jap guitars
  11. avatar chrisjedijane
    oh right, because from looking at your posts, 5 of them are about that guitar shop. you must be really raving about it.
  12. avatar remedy malahide
    [quote:12d83afaef="chrisjedijane"]oh right, because from looking at your posts, 5 of them are about that guitar shop. you must be really raving about it.[/quote:12d83afaef]

    And rightly so because the guy does have some fine examples of Jap fender there, and hes a really decent bloke as well.

    Yeah TimS yer best bet is to take a couple of weekends and take a dander through Belfast and try out a few weapons, (keeping note of the make and model you try), and then sit on the net (Harmony Central, and various guitar dealers) for a bit and see what you come up with. Consider it some sort of market research project where you don't get graded at the end but you get the guitar you've always wanted...

    ...I wish I had guitar money :cry:
  13. avatar swaman4
    hi chrisjedijane

    i have also recommended other shops for other things, but i love jap guitars and john ( mcguitars )has loads in stock all the time, new and used, i recommend you go down and see him then maybe you will also recommend them, just wish I had more £££ to add to my collection
  14. avatar thecomeons_2
    tim, you could always shop blind my mail order. decide what player you want to sound like and get what ever they play ;-)
  15. avatar chrisjedijane
    [quote:765b0e37c2="swaman4"]hi chrisjedijane

    i have also recommended other shops for other things, but i love jap guitars and john ( mcguitars )has loads in stock all the time, new and used, i recommend you go down and see him then maybe you will also recommend them, just wish I had more £££ to add to my collection[/quote:765b0e37c2]

    He has no Jazzmasters or Jaguars, though! It'd be good if he could get some of the "Blocks and Binding" Jazzmasters that you get from Ishibashi...
  16. avatar TimS
    Thanks for all the comments folks...I was in London a week or so ago and took some time to go to a few guitar shops. I tried loads of different guitars including jap & usa telecasters, rickenbackers, gretschs and some weird things that i don't remember the name of. I ended up buying a Gretsch Jet Firebird. It was far and away the nicest guitar i'd tried and it sounded class: it was one of those moments where i knew i must have it. Some of the others were nice, but thay just didn't do it for me.
    Cheers.
    Tim
    [url]http://www.musicbysines.com[/url]
  17. avatar scott_evil
    good choice i had an electromatic and sold it to buy an elliot easton signiture model they are fantastic guitars. how much you pay if you dont mind me askin like?
  18. avatar TimS
    Yeah it's a lovely guitar. It's from 1989 when they just started making them again, it felt way nicer than the modern ones i tried. As for the price...not too keen on having a debate about it. I've seen other posts where folks say things like: [i:c2cb6a0cbe]'you were ripped off'[/i:c2cb6a0cbe] or [i:c2cb6a0cbe]'you can get one of them at x for way less'[/i:c2cb6a0cbe]. I'm not sure i could take it. Let's just say it was quite expensive.
  19. avatar scott_evil
    yeah i know where ur commin from. to be honest it doesnt matter, people can tell u 'u got ripped off' but if you find a guitar that suits you perfectly you'll pay whatever it cost to get it.
  20. avatar thecomeons_2
    isn't the firebird the gretsch that malcolm young plays? nice.