When Gretsch began producing guitars in the early 1930s, it didn't take long before their models were highly sought after by players from around the world. In the early days of rock'n'roll, many famous performers could be found strutting their way across stages with Gretsch electric guitars, including Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy and Eddie Cochran. In fact, these musicians from the '50s paved the way for Gretsch Guitars to become even more popular with the '60s British Invasion groups. Since that time, their legend for easy playability, cool looks and irresistible twang has only grown stronger.
With a quick glance at this catalog, images of pompadour haircuts and shaking hips will immediately spring to mind. In fact, Gretsch Guitars' selection feels seemingly endless and includes everything from hollow bodies and semi-hollow electrics to baritones, solid bodies and more. For a good idea of how respected Gretsch Guitars is with today's most famous players, take a look through their Artist Signature Electric category. For example, the G5191 Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollowbody Left-Handed Electric Guitar honors one of the most influential punk rockers of the last 25 years. The huge sound of this beast flows remarkably from the parallel tone bars, while the harp tailpiece and two "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups provide top-notch sustain and tuning stability. No doubt, this guitar will have you feeling indestructible like the Rancid frontman himself.
Or, if you're in the market for an affordable yet high-quality solid body, turn your attention to the G5445T Electromatic Double Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar. Featuring a two-tone, double-cutaway body color scheme, this guitar looks as stunning as it sounds; speaking of which, the arched maple top chambered basswood body helps to deliver "That Great Gretsch Sound". So, if it's more twang for fewer bucks that you're after, then this is definitely the axe for you.
Certain electric guitars boast a look and sound that has often been copied, but never truly duplicated. Of course, that statement couldn't ring any truer than for Gretsch Guitars. These models have stood the test of time, and as long as musicians continue to appreciate the classic appearance and tone of guitars from rock'n'roll's heyday, the Gretsch legacy will live on.