Gretsch is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year and is knocking out several new models. We take a look at these three new models from the Electromatic series, two Gretsch Electromatic Jet Two 90 with P90 pickups and the elegant Center Block Jr. Single Cut. They all offer classic Gretsch style and tone, all for a very reasonable amount of money.
Gretsch Electromatic Jet Two 90
Let’s start with the most affordable model, the brand-new G5210 P90 Electromatic Jet Two 90 Single Cut. The guitar has a wraparound bridge, which is solid, straightforward and works well.
The classic Jet formula begins with a chambered mahogany body paired with a maple cap. Which according to the manufacturer produces rich basses and mids with an exceptionally soft and present high-end.
Marketing talk for sure, but I must admit this is a good formula for a potentially great guitar and P90s make it even sweeter.
The new P90E single-coils produce a wide, balanced and transparent sound that ranges from a thick, aggressive overdrive to an unadulterated clean sound, always maintaining a good definition.
I’m guessing these will be lower-end pickups, as these guitars are made in China, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing and I do like a P90.
Available in Broadway Jade, Fairlane Blue, Cadillac Green and Single Barrel Burst at a pretty affordable price point.
Gretsch G5210-P90 Electromatic Jet BJ
They also do a variation of these with a Bigsby vibrato instead of a wraparound bridge. The specifications are the same, but the selection of colour options changes.
Available in Petrol, Vintage White, Amethyst and Mako.
Gretsch G5210T-P90 Electromatic Jet PT
Center Block Jr.
Last but not least, we have the Electromatic Center Block Jr. the G5655T QM Electromatic Center Block Jr. Single Cut Bigsby. This guitar was designed for the pure and powerful Gretsch sound at high volumes. It has a smaller body with an impressive top, bottom and side made of figured laminated maple and a chambered center block made of spruce.
Features on this model include a glued maple neck with a 12′′ radius, a laurel fretboard fitted with 22 medium jumbo frets and a set of traditional Neo Classic thumbnail inlays.
The pickups are two Black Top Broad’Tron humbuckers. Plus, the combination of individual pickup volume controls, master tone and volume with a Treble Bleed circuit should offer great versatility.
Again, this model comes with a Bigsby vibrato.
Overall, these look like very nice guitars and I am certainly in favour of those added controls for the pickups, which should help you achieve lots of useful tones. Available in Speyside, Sweet Tea, Mariana and Hudson Sky with a gold pickguard.
Gretsch G5655T-QM Electromatic Jr. ST
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- Electromatic Jet Two 90: Gretsch
- Petrol finish with Bigsby : Gretsch
- Fancy top: Gretsch