One of my favorite guitars, and the first guitar I ever owned, is the Gretsch Tim Armstrong Signature Electromatic. It is designed after Tim’s very own 1971 Gretsch Country Club. When Tim first acquired his guitar it had a blond natural finish, he went to a local hardware store, purchased a can a flat black spray paint, “finished” his guitar, flipped it over and restrung it so he could play it lefty. Beyond these personal modifications he kept the original guitar free of modifications.
His signature Gretsch features a striking flat black finish with flashy gold-plated hardware with a reproduced tailpiece. It features two new dynamic “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ pickups, these are loud and electrifying. Other features include a one-piece maple neck with graphite nut, bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, zero fret and acrylic block inlays, gold-plated pickup bezels, three-position pickup switch, Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and harp tailpiece, Grover® tuners, bound headstock, and Armstrong’s signature on the truss rod cover. Left-handed models are also available.
I love the big 17 inch body but had a tough time figuring out which case to get and when I got it I had to smash the guitar into it a little. The case loosened up a bit over time and the guitar fits nicely now.
And then there’s Man Salmon, a new color inspired by Armstrong’s personal specifications. The Man Salmon, you either hate it or love it there is not really an in between but when the Godfather of Punk asks you to do something in pink you might as well do it. The Man Salmon signature models not only feature the trapeze tailpiece but also both left and right handed models have the Bigsby Vibrato as an option.