Gretsch "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird why...?

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  1. Timmo

    Timmo Member

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    Why "no love" for the Billy Bo ?
    I've never read anything good or bad about them.

    Are they made in the USA or Japan?

    Seems like a cool guitar but must be kind of a bust for Gretsch no?
     
  2. playon

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    I'd love to have one but they are a bit overpriced IMO.
     
  3. AaeCee

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    They're MIJ. Never played one but Billy sure sounds great with it!
     
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    I agree with you..

    Jeff
     
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    What do you consider overpriced? They can be found new for under 2K if you know where to look
     
  6. Timmo

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    Seems like it's become Billy's favorite for the last 5 years or so.

    Maybe Gretsch should have made them over here and they would have been a bigger hit................even at a higher price point.
    Hmm.......
    Still like to try one someday.
     
  7. George Johnson

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    Methinks that's because they weigh about 5 pounds, they make his hat look less weird, and he might be gettin' paid to play 'em.
     
  8. Walter Broes

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    I'm getting one second hand as soon as I can afford one. One of the coolest guitars being made IMO.
     
  9. Redbell

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    Have you noticed that the ones Billy plays are custom-made and upside down from the production models?
     
  10. wingwalker

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    They are not all upside down...

    I actually really dig those guitars...well made, nice and light, ring like a bell, play like a dream and look cool as hell IMO however no way you'll pull one out of it's case and it NOT scream Billy G...ya know...
     
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    He probably is getting paid, but he was playing an original one that was given to him by Bo Diddley for a few years before this reissue went into production. Evidently he was digging through his guitars in storage and rediscovered it. He had Duncan rewind the pups to Pearly Gates specs and it started showing up in a lot of promo pics with him.

    The reverse version, I think, was made by, of all people, Ed Roman.

    I think the weight has a lot to do with his choosing them, as well. Before this, his tech was hollowing out Les Pauls. It makes me wonder if the weight of regular solid body guitars was getting to him.
     
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    Agree with that on all counts.
     
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    On the other end of the spectrum, I wonder if an Electromatic version would do. Swap the generic MIK-trons for some TV Jones, and you're stylin'.
     
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    I've played one before and it was really more of a joking matter...

    But,

    I was actually pleasantly surprised how great it sounded! I would never actually buy it because its ugly, but man, what a great tone for clean, blues, and classic rock stuff. The loaded TV Jones in them really shined for me. I really started to consider getting a Grestch really soon after that demo and be sure to have similar TV Jones in them...

    I ended up with a Duo Power Jet Pro in black that I love!
     
  16. Timmo

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    That's probably it more than anything else.
     
  17. playon

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    TV Jones pickups rule! He makes models to retrofit into a humbucker mount so you can put them in any guitar with stock HBs.

    I kinda like the shape of the Bo guitar myself.

     
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    It's a great guitar. I had one, and got tight on money and sold it. I regret it a lot. Part of it is that big guitars sound big. I've never played any Gretsch I came remotely close to liking as much as this except for my RocJet with TV jones pickups, but that's more of an emotional thing. The Billy Bo was a better guitar.
     
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    John Bolin made replicas of the one Bo gave to Billy long before Gretch did. They have had the TV Jones pickups almost from the beginning if not from the very beginning.

    Ed Roman never built the guitar but sold the replicas built by Bolin.
     
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    Thanks, that's cool to know.
     

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