This guitar came to us as a brand spanking new Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT in Black.
It was selected as a candidate for the Leadbetter Guitar Co “Rabid Dog Relic” treatment by owner Colin Leadbetter.
We hand sanded as much of the original poly finish off the top as possible, added some light handed wear and tear to the body and neck and refinished the top in a Gibson style “Gold Top” finish. We then gave it our custom “Old Gold” treatment. This one’s got serious 50’s vibes.
USA made Seymour Duncan Vintage Psyclone “Filtertron” style Humbuckers take this guitar into another stratosphere. Everything we love about the famed Gretsch Filtertrons, but with more of it!
We minimised the electronics down to master volume and pickup selector to simplify the signal path and maximise the tone.
As with all of our relics, we upgraded the Pots and Jack sockets to US made Switchcraft/Dimarzio parts.
heavy gauge cloth braided wire was used through out.
All other hardware has been hand relic’d.
Precision setup with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky’s by Joel in the Nepean Music Workshop.
This release of “Rabid Dog Relics” for June 2022 is unique in that there is only one of each guitar.
Available from Friday 2nd June.
On display at Nepean Music Mornington now.
Shipping within Australia is $59.