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How do these square off? Hs anyone compared them?
Yes, Poison Ivy should have a signature too, she deserves it more than these two. But how many different late-50's 6120 reissues can they do?Doh!
I thought you were comparing the actual guitarists and I was going to mention that I prefer Ivy Rorschach of the Cramps to either of the two rockabilly revivalists mentioned in the title.
My bad. Carry on with the Gretsch-talk.
Well I have had a pre-Fender Setzer in poly, a post Fender Setzer in laquer and now have a RHH. I've also played a few SSLVOs extensively and friend had a RHH also! Can you tell I like these guitars??
The RHH does sound a bit like a pre-Fender Setzer with better pickups. Of all the Gretsches I have had I like the sound of the RHH the best. IME the the Setzers have a slightly smaller soft V shaped neck. The RHH has a slightly bigger rounder neck. I really like the shape of the Setzer's neck and it reminds me a lot of the necks on early 60's 6120s, but all of the necks are cool.
The RHH has a bit more "honk" to the tone - a bit more midrange growl. The Setzer is more bassy and trebly but the differences are relatively subtle. They both sound like a 6120. If there was no RHH I would be very happy with a 6120SSL. But the RHH has just a bit more body to the sound which I personally prefer. It's a close thing though!
I do prefer the smaller headstock of the Setzer because I think it makes it easier to keep the guitar in tune. In fact my perfect Gretsch would be a RHH with the Setzer's neck. The straighter the string path over the nut the better they seem to stay in tune with Bigsby use.
BTW the mud switches work exactly the same way on both guitars. The RHH may have smaller caps because it seems to be a little more usable. I have a TV Jones Filter'tron classic (stock) in the bridge position of my RHH but put a Power'tron in the neck for a fatter jazzy tone. It's just a great guitar! Maybe one day I'll find another SSL or SSLVO which sounds as good as this, but for now the RHH is my number one.