Posted on 25th January 2018 by James
Gretsch has a long, prestigious history of crafting stunningly beautiful musical instruments. The company was founded in 1883 in Brooklyn, New York by Friedrich Gretsch, a 27-year-old German immigrant. In the early years of Gretsch they produced banjos, tambourines and drums. Guitar production started in the 1930s and Gretsch guitars soon became highly sought after. In the 1950s Gretsch guitars became the weapon of choice for rock ‘n’ roll stars such as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley due to their high build quality and incredible sound.
In 2002 Gretsch entered a business agreement with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, allowing Fender to handle the development, distribution and sales of Gretsch musical instruments. This agreement brought Gretsch into the 21st Century. With the might of Fender behind them, Gretsch have been producing some incredible instruments.
NAMM 2018 is here and Gretsch have announced some guitars that have got us very excited, let’s take a closer look –
The Gretsch G6118T-135 celebrates 135 years of Gretsch. This guitar is equipped with a Bigsby, high sensitive filtertron pickups and an Ebony fingerboard. Available in Casino Gold.
The G5420TG is another guitar celebrating 135 years of Gretsch but with a smaller price tag. This guitar features a licenced Bigsby, black top Filtertron pickups and an Ebony fingerboard. Available in Depp Cherry Metallic.
The brand new G6228 Jet series with “V” is designed to give you powerful overdrive and shimmering cleans on tap. Each Jet has a mahogany body and maple top with Broad’Tron pickups installed as standard. The G6228 Jet series is available in Cadillac Green, Dark Cherry Metallic and Black as well as a Bourbon Stain and Dark Cheery Stain with a flamed maple top. A left handed version of the Cadillac Green is also available.
The Gretsch Jet is now in its 65th year of production. With over half a century of production Gretsch have absolutely nailed the Jet. The G6128/9T Jet series both feature a Bigsby and high sensitive FilterTron pickups. The guitar is available in either Black or Silver Sparkle.
The G5220 series are more affordable versions of the G6228 series. The G5220 series features a ‘V’ stoptail bridge, maple top and Black Top Broad’Tron pickups. The G5220 is available in Dark Cheery Metallic, Black, Casino Gold as well as a Dark Cherry Metallic Left Handed.
Featuring classic Gretsch® appointments, the G2220 Electromatic® Junior Jet Bass is easily capable of filling a room with massive subsonic tones.
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