Wanted to share some pics of a 'Charlie Watt's Tribute Kit' I put together... well I didn't have to much work other than clean it and put new heads on it. Unfortunately it's not a Gretsch.. but here is the story.
I recently found/bought a mid-late 70's natural finish Tama Superstar kit on ebay. This kit has patina marks/scratches in the same spots that are on Charlie's kit.
The rash on the 12 tom and the miscellaneous scratches/marks all over the kit.
The bass drum tom mount is similar to the defunct Ludwig mount on Charlie's.
The finish has that darkened honey look that you can only get with age. (Very similar to Charlie's)
The sizes are the same as Charlie's kit.
(At this point... I'd like to thank Kingtrixon for posting many close up pictures of Charlie's kit and answering questions. They were very helpful in the decision process.)
I've been trying to find a kit like this for a long time... the Charlie kits that were for sale on the forum sold very quickly.
I was considering a few options:
1. Buy a new natural finish Gretsch in the same sizes. ($2300+ and it didn't quite look like Charlie's kit... too new looking, no dark honey look)
2. Buy orphan GRB shells/parts and build one myself. ($1500-2k and who know how it would come out. Lot's of work and I'm not setup to take on the job... and it still wouldn't have the patina markings and aged look.)
The Tama had what I was looking for most in a Charlie tribute kit... and at $425... I had to do it.
For finishing touches, I had 2 bass drum logos made... one with my bands name and one with Tama.. (I can switch between to 2 depending what gig all encased in the Gretsch drum logo and put a 50th Stones Anniversary sticker on the very bottom. (My gf bought them from the Stones show we went to in Boston.. she rocks!! )
So for now... I'm really digging the Tama... and I hope you do to.
Here is a link to more pics:
Enjoy and keep on Rolling!