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that its only offerings were
premium set-neck (laborintensive) guitars. Its solut ion ? Less-ex pensive
models such as the quirky
TK-300, Committee, and the
Beasts.
The BSTs were reportedly designed by Tom Kimble, using
Gretsch master luthier Clyde
Edwards' signature "reverse S"
body-neck joint. All but one were
given a solid mahogany body and
bolt-on/two-piece maple neck.
The first "Beast" BST-1000 - with
model number 7617 - was offered
in the spring of '79; the number indicates color (natural mahogany)
and configuration, and was written on a label in the control cavity.
The "BST-1000" designation was
used in marketing materials but
does not appear on the guitar
itself. Soon after its introduction,
the 7617 was changed to the 8210
seen here, and the red mahogany
8211. Gruhn's Guide to Vintage
Guitars references a number 7629
version of the BST-2000, which
would suggest an early example,
but these may not have

reached production. The 7617
and 7629 are among the rarest
Beasts.
By the summer of '79, the
Beast line had consolidated
into four basic models - the BST1000, 1500, 2000, and 5000, though
the 1500 (a variant of the 1000) was
not promoted in advertising. All had
sealed/chrome Gotoh 16:1 tuners and
two chrome-covered or open-coil humbuckers. According to Duke Kramer,

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many of the pickups were
made in Japan to Gretsch
specs. The covered units
are most likely Japanese.
The open-coils are usually
DiMarzios, which should be
so identified on the base-plate.
So far, no single-pickup Beasts
have appeared.
The 1000 and 1500 were singlecutaways. Necks were attached with
four bolts and grommets using one
of two patterns (see table). Most
had 24-fret, 24.5" scale, unbound
rosewood fingerboards with a zerofret and pearl dot inlays. The 8210
and 8215 were natural mahogany;
8211 and 8216 red-stained. A threeway switch controlled the pickups
along with knobs for Volume
and Tone. The bridge/tail was
Baldwin's take on a Fender, with
spring-loaded adjustable saddles
on a plate, with strings passing
through the body. Pickguards
varied on the cutaways with short
"nubbies," an extended point, or
scooped out, either white or black
laminates. Heads had either a flat
or flared taper.
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