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were symmetrical
match the BST-1000
double-cuts. The
Model 8210, includ2000 (8220 natui ng t he u nu su a l
ral, 8221 red) had
24.75" scale on that
a four-bolt neckmodel. Clearly, this
pl ate , s c o op e d
was mislabeled. Its
pickguard w it h
covered pickups are
none on the cutunmarked, probably
a w a y, a n d a n
Japanese.
unbound/22-fret
This is a smokin'
rosewood fingerguitar, with a suboard w ith 25"
per-fast neck and
scale, zero fret, and
screaming pickups.
pearl dots. A tone
It may not be elsw itch changed
egant, but it's pretty
capacitors. The
darned good - and
5000 (8250) was
American-made.
a five-piece black
Te c h n i c a l l y
walnut and maple
speaking, late-era
neck-through guiGretsches were made
tar with a Geri nto 1981, when
ma n c a r ve, no
Baldwin pulled the
pickg u a rd, 24 Initial Beasts showing the 1000, 2000 (two finishes), and 5000, all with DiMarzios. Print ad for
plug. There's no way
the updated BST-1000 "Baby Beast" (version 8210) with new head, white pickguard, new knobs,
fret bound ebony
to determine how
and Japanese-made pickups proclaims, "The age of the Beast is upon us!" Ad for the neck-through
fingerboard with
rare Beasts are, but
BST-5000 (probably with DiMarzio pickups, but don't be surprised if they're not) raves, "There's real
pearl dots, and
they seem easy to
beauty in this beast!"
24.5" scale. These
find, perhaps due
h a d G r e t s c h 's
to large numbers
gear-box truss rod. Pickups on the 5000
"original." At least one black-finished Beast
produced or, possibly, focused demand
were DiMarzios sporting 7.65K ohm at the
has been sighted that's totally off the radar.
that can make certain models seem more
neck and 13.68K ohm at the bridge, with a
The guitar seen here illustrates some of
plentiful than they really are. In any case,
coil tap cutting output in half.
the difficulties. The label identifies this
there are now fan websites catering to
With all the changes going on at Gretsch
as an 8210 from October of '79 (10-9492:
Beasts and other exotic late-'70s creations
during the Beast period, it should come as
MM-YXXX), which would make this
(including gretschslostweekend.com).
no surprise that there were inconsistencies
a BST-1500. According to the rules, it
It's time for the Gretsch Beast - from
that add to the confusion. Toward the end
should have a black pickguard extended
Arkansas, not Japan, Mexico, or Indiana
it's likely that any available part would do, so
on the cutaway, DiMarzios, coil tap, and
- to get the respect it has long deserved!
parts that don't fit the pattern might still be
barrel knobs. However, all of the features
Time moves on, so should we!

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