New Gretsch Guitars Launched – NAMM 2018

Posted on 25th January 2018 by

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 –

Gretsch G6118T-135 LTD 135th Anniversary with Bigsby – Casino Gold

Gretsch G6118T-135 LTD

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.

  • Opulent 2-Tone Casino Gold on Dark Cherry Metallic with matching Dark Cherry pickguard and pickup bezels
  • 16-inch, 3-ply maple hollow body with ’59 trestle bracing
  • String-Thru Bigsby® B6CP vibrato tailpiece
  • Dual High Sensitive Filter’Tron pickups
  • Master volume with treble bleed circuit, master tone with Squeezebox™ PIO capacitor and individual pickup volume controls provide complete toneshaping flexibility
  • Limited Edition

Gretsch G5420TG Electromatic LTD 135th Anniversary with Bigsby – Deep Cherry Metallic

Gretsch NAMM 2018

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.

  • 16-inch maple hollow body with Bigsby®
  • Black Top Filter’Tron™ pickups
  • 2-Tone Dark Cherry Metallic over Casino Gold with matching pickguard and pickup bezels
  • Gold Hardware
  • Limited Edition for 2018

Gretsch G6228 Player Edition Jet Series

Gretsch G6228 Series

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 select mahogany body with maple top has modern chambering for a thick sonic profile that is astoundingly rich and acoustically resonant
  • All-new Broad’Tron™ BT65 pickups amplify the body’s tone and meticulously reproduce its sonic power and full-spectrum fidelity
  • No-load master tone pot with Squeezebox™ paper-inoil capacitor and master volume with treble bleed circuit give you complete tonal flexibility and control
  • Full-access rolled cutaway, Gotoh® locking tuning keys, TUSQ XL nut and strap locks for ultimate tourworthy comfort and performance

Gretsch G6128/9T Player Edition Jet FT with Bigsby Series

Gretsch G6128/9T Jet FT with Bigsby Series 

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 select mahogany body with maple top has modern chambering for a thick sonic profile that is astoundingly rich and acoustically resonant
  • High Sensitive Filter’Tron™ pickups amplify the body’s tone and reproduce its power and full-spectrum fidelity
  • No-load master tone pot with Squeezebox™ paper-inoil capacitor and master volume with treble bleed circuit give you complete tonal control
  • Full-access rolled cutaway and lower neck set for effortless access and performance
  • String-Thru Bigsby®, locking tuning keys, TUSQ XL nut and strap locks for tour-worthy comfort and
    performance

Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT Series

Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT Series 

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.

  • Upgraded chambered mahogany body with maple top for a strong sonic profile and exceptional acoustic balance
  • All-new Black Top Broad’Tron™ pickups produce enhanced Gretsch power and articulation
  • Master volume with treble bleed circuit, master tone and individual pickup volume controls provide complete tone-shaping flexibility
  • Upgraded appointments: bound headstock, plain-face head cap, vintage-inspired purfling, Big Block inlays and closed back tuning keys
  • Silver plexi pickguard and chrome hardware

Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet Bass Series

Featuring classic Gretsch® appointments, the G2220 Electromatic® Junior Jet Bass is easily capable of filling a room with massive subsonic tones.

  • Shorter 30.3” scale
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • 12” radius walnut fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets and dot inlays
  • Gretsch mini bass humbucking pickups
  • Four-saddle bridge
    3-position toggle switch, master volume and master tone
  • Black plexi pickguard with Gretsch logo
  • Chrome hardware
  • Available in Torino Green and Walnut Stain

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