I received the guitar in good condition, it is superb. I saw the ad on eBay is my 6th GRETSCH and I am very happy
Gretsch Corsair (acoustic archtop)
The amp is fantastic thanks so much for your help I'm really pleased! - It's been a pleasure doing business with you! I love your website, it's great to see someone stocking a small but beautiful selection of gear, keep up the good work!
Joe, London, UK
Fender Champ 1968
Tremolo Arms – Love them or hate ’em, tremolo arms (or vibrato arms) are here to stay and are a feature of many different vintage guitars. For most players the two units that stand out above all the others are Paul Bigsby’s highly distinctive ‘vibrato tailpiece’ and Leo Fender’s famous ‘tremolo’ unit as seen on the Fender Stratocaster.
The original design concept with these units was to add a subtle vibrato to chords or single notes in the manner of a pedal steel guitar.
Paul Bigsby’s design is still in production today and is a factory fitted feature on many brand name instruments including Epiphone, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, Hamer, and Ibanez. Leo Fender’s ground breaking design of a ‘tremolo unit’ is also still in production most notably on the Stratocaster.
The first guitarists to embrace the notion of playing with a ‘tremolo’ arm (the term is actually misleading as the unit adds vibrato and not tremolo) were likely very influenced by Country guitar players and pedal steel players, so their playing reflected this.
As time wore on and the 60’s musical scene changed, the use of these vibrato units also changed and beginning with Rockabilly artists and later instrumental groups like The Ventures and The Shadows, the use of the arms became more prevalent.
Hendrix can be heard really taking it to extremes in his performance of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock in 1969.
Rock guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen resurrected the use of the tremolo arm in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s to the point that most electric guitars of the ‘Stratocaster’ family now come either with (or with the option of) a tremolo arm.
Guitarists such as Jeff Beck have taken the use of the tremolo arm to previously unimagined heights, whereby it can be employed to emulate slide guitar, copy microtonal melodies and add vibrato that would be impossible with fingers alone.
Check out some of the links on the photos here for current JGG guitars with one of these units fitted. Whether 60’s ‘twang’ is your thing or modern-day ‘dive-bombing’ ala Mr Van Halen, you’ll find a guitar to fit.
JGG are proud to announce the arrival of yet more incredible vintage guitars, all of which are about to be added to our stock of the very best guitars in the UK.
After a recent and highly successful trip to the USA, Russ (our resident vintage guitar guru and buyer at JGG) has returned with a simply stunning collection of outstanding vintage guitars.
We’ve got all your requirements covered with this shipment and there’s sure to be something for everybody here. Gibson guitar fans especially are in for a real treat.
As JGG rapidly becomes the premier supplier of vintage Gibson guitars in the UK, this new shipment is also going to be big news for us and our Gibson-loving customers.
Check out the photos here of our double shipment being unloaded and then how they looked when unpacked from all the protection.
All these guitars will be going up on the website over the next few weeks and we know you’ll be very keen to know what is inside these cases!
Want to know we’ve got in store for you?…well firstly, our mailing list members will be getting the VIP treatment by being offered a private list of the new stock before we go public on the new site.
If you want to be part of our exclusive JGG club, then just sign up for our newsletter at the top right hand side of this page.
Very soon you’ll have all the information you’ll need about these new guitars appearing in your Inbox.
It will be worth the wait..we assure you.