Summer NAMM 2017 saw Gretsch announcing a good few updates and a couple of limited runs for this year. If you like their classic ’50s Rock’n’Roll and Rockabilly stylings, then you may find a place for one of these cool little numbers in your guitar collection.
G6118T Players Edition Anniversary with String-Thru Bigsby
The G6118T Anniversary is equipped with a Bigsby String-Thru system, making it easy to do a quick re-string. Two High Sensitive Filter’Tron humbuckers will give you traditional Gretsch tones.
The controls include separate volume and tone controls for bridge and neck pickups, which are selected via a three-way switch. The new Gretsch “Squeezebox” PIO (paper in oil) capacitors support the vintage sound, while the Treble-Bleed circuit keeps the treble when turning the volume control down.
Other features include a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and 22 medium jumbo frets. The Bigsby B6CP Vibrato promises a high tuning stability in conjunction with the Teflon-coated GraphTech TUSQ XL saddle.
The top has a unique Iridium Silver finish, while the back and sides are painted with an Azure Metallic Finish. The whole thing is rounded off with nickel “G-Arrow” pots, a white binding, mother-of-pearl Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays and Gotoh locking machine heads.
Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary RRP– USD 3049,00
G6122TFM Players Edition Country Gentleman Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby and Flame Maple
The new features include a laminated Flamed Maple Body, Dual High Sensitive Filter Tron Humbucker, a three-way switch, and Master Tone and Master Volume controls. The maple neck with U-profile has an ebony fingerboard with 22 medium-sized jumbo frets and neo-classic thumbnail inlays. The vibrato is a Bigsby B6GP String-Thru system for fast and easy string changes (no annoying pins here to fit your ball end onto) and improved vibration transmission for more sustain, Gretsch says.
Other features include Amber Stain Finish, Gotoh Locking Tuners, Golden “G” Arrows, F-Holes and Pickguard with Gretsch logo.
Gretsch G6122TFM Players Edition Country Gentleman RRP– USD 3199,00
G5420TG Limited Edition Electromatic Single-Cut Hollow Body with Bigsby and Gold Hardware
The G5420TG Limited Edition Electromatic Single-Cut has a Candy Apple Red finish with gold hardware, Dual Black Top Filter’Tron Humbucking Pickups, a Master Volume Treble Bleed circuit, large F-holes, a Graph Tech NuBone saddle, Neo-Classic Thumbnail fret inlays and a Bigsby B60 vibrato.
Gretsch G5420TG Limited Edition Electromatic RRP – USD 1249,00
G5435 Limited Edition Electromatic Pro Jet
The Electromatic Pro Jet has a basswood body with internal cavities and a curved maple top loaded with the two Black Top FilterTron Humbuckers. The guitar is available in a brilliant Fairlane Blue finish and features a rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-sized Jumbo frets and Pearloid Neo-Classic Thumbnail inlays. Other features include a three-way switch, an Adjusto-Matic Bridge with Gretsch “V” stop tail, “G-Arrow” knob and a white Pearloid pickguard.
Gretsch G5435 Limited Edition Electromatic Pro Jet RRP – USD 619,00
G9520 Limited Edition Jim Dandy 24″ Scale Flat Top Guitar
The G9520 Limited Edition Jim Dandy Flat Top is made of selected woods to provide a “warm and pleasant” tone. Thanks to the 24″ scale, the playability is also said to be comfortable. The features of the Jim Dandy are an Agathis body with a bronze burst finish, a Nato neck, a rosewood fingerboard with 18 vintage style frets and Pearloid dot inlays, a rosewood bridge with a compensated bridge insert, a single-layered white dashboard with a “G” graphic and a 1950 Gretsch 3 × 3 headstock.
Gretsch G9520 Limited Edition Jim Dandy RRP – USD 289,00
Summer ’50s Cool
The stylings are, as usual, great and I also love the inclusion of the Bigsby String-Thru trem systems on the more expensive models, as I always have hated stringing my Bigsby trem systems and this will make it easier to change strings, as that job is normally a right PITA.
There are some really nice guitars here and I think that there is something for everyone. They should all be available around August and with something for all budgets, I reckon they will be popular with many players this summer.
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