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Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby Gold Sparkle

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This single cutaway, semi-hollowbody guitar recalls the glory days of the early '60s when Gretsch guitars set the standard for rock, rockabilly, and country guitar. It has an arched maple top, mahogan... Click To Read More About This Product

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This single cutaway, semi-hollowbody guitar recalls the glory days of the early '60s when Gretsch guitars set the standard for rock, rockabilly, and country guitar. It has an arched maple top, mahogany back, set mahogany neck, and a rosewood fretboard. The pickups are Gretsch mini dual-coils, with volume, tone, and 3-way selector. It also features a Bigsby B50 tailpiece, chromeplated hardware, and a gloss urethane finish. Very cool.

FEATURES

  • Electromatic Series single cutaway, semi-hollowbody
  • Arched laminated maple top
  • Mahogany back
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Adjusto-Matic bridge
  • Bigsby vibrato
  • chromeplated hardware
  • Gloss urethane finish
  • Chrome vintage-style machine heads
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Gretsch® Instrument Limited Lifetime Warranty FMIC warrants your Gretsch brand instrument to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for as long as it is owned by the original retail purchaser, except that pickups, switches, jacks, controls, all other electronic components, tuning machines, hardware, pickguards, plated surfaces, gig bags, cases and case hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. This warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Gretsch Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL SALES RECEIPT, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE VALIDATING THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. FMIC has established a network of independent Authorized Service Centers for warranty service. The Gretsch Dealer from whom you purchased your instrument may also be authorized for warranty service and should be the first point of contact when service of any kind is required for your Gretsch instrument. To receive warranty service, return the complete instrument to an Authorized Service Center, with your sales receipt as proof of purchase, during the applicable warranty period. Defective components that qualify for coverage under this warranty will be repaired or replaced (at FMIC's discretion) without charge. Remedies beyond normal service repair of any Gretsch instrument require both an evaluation and confirmation of the defect and a direct recommendation to FMIC from an Authorized Service Center for alternative considerations. All transportation, insurance and freight charges associated with warranty service and repairs on Gretsch instruments are the responsibility of the purchaser, as is any service initiated for the purpose of customizing setups or adjustments beyond factory specifications. Initial standard setup and adjustment of the instrument and its components at the time of purchase are considered normal Dealer product preparation, and are not covered by this warranty. See complete details at http://www.gretschguitars.com/resources/warranty.html


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Gretsch GuitarsElectromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

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Never Thought This Would Be So Great

I purchased this guitar just last month after picking it up and playing around on it at my local guitar center. I immediatly fell in love with it!! My main guitar is a...Read complete review

I purchased this guitar just last month after picking it up and playing around on it at my local guitar center. I immediatly fell in love with it!! My main guitar is a Fender Strat, so the tone and sound was completly different from what I was used to. After non stop playing for about two or three weeks, I decited that this guitar is not a replacement for my fender, but a tool to achieve the sounds I created, and the sounds I desired. The strings that come on this are terrible!! Stringing this guitar is another task in its self, it is kind of tricky. However, it just takes practice to get it down. I use Fender 150 bullet .09 strings on this, and the differece between the origional strings to the fender strings is absolutly mind blowing!! If you are looking for a different style guitar, something to give you a country/rockabilly yet fully rock capable guitar, this is it! I suggest playing it at your local guitar center first though, i had a few friends say it wasnt working with their style, and their hands; however, ive had people play my guitar and offer to buy it on the spot. All in all, A+ on this guitar. Im glad Gretsch put out a quality, affordable guitar to its customers who cant see them selves caughing up $3000 for a guitar. Just remember, it is the SMALL things that will make this guitar your baby!! (new strings, some fretboard oil and treatment, bridge adjustment, action adjustment) I run this through an all tube Marshall JCM 2000 dual lead with a 1960 4x12 cab....simply AMAZING!!

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the good and the bad

I was looking at several guitars like most of us when shopping. I was taken by how good looking this guitar was. Of course when your at the store you can't crank it up...Read complete review

I was looking at several guitars like most of us when shopping. I was taken by how good looking this guitar was. Of course when your at the store you can't crank it up and really rip. When I got home I was dissaponted after a few weeks. It did not stay in tune very well and the humbuckers where a little to muffeld for my taste. The guitar is impressive for the money and with a few dollars you could keep it in tune much better but to me thats the last thing I want to do is put money into a new guitar. Before you buy play it several times. I gave it 3 stars becuase of the going out of tune other wise the guitar was really nice. At a price range of 600 it's OK but spend a little more and you will find a much higher quality sound. By the way I returned it.

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(35 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Never Thought This Would Be So Great

By Fender101

from Colorado Springs, CO

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

I purchased this guitar just last month after picking it up and playing around on it at my local guitar center. I immediatly fell in love with it!! My main guitar is a Fender Strat, so the tone and sound was completly different from what I was used to. After non stop playing for about two or three weeks, I decited that this guitar is not a replacement for my fender, but a tool to achieve the sounds I created, and the sounds I desired. The strings that come on this are terrible!! Stringing this guitar is another task in its self, it is kind of tricky. However, it just takes practice to get it down. I use Fender 150 bullet .09 strings on this, and the differece between the origional strings to the fender strings is absolutly mind blowing!! If you are looking for a different style guitar, something to give you a country/rockabilly yet fully rock capable guitar, this is it! I suggest playing it at your local guitar center first though, i had a few friends say it wasnt working with their style, and their hands; however, ive had people play my guitar and offer to buy it on the spot. All in all, A+ on this guitar. Im glad Gretsch put out a quality, affordable guitar to its customers who cant see them selves caughing up $3000 for a guitar. Just remember, it is the SMALL things that will make this guitar your baby!! (new strings, some fretboard oil and treatment, bridge adjustment, action adjustment) I run this through an all tube Marshall JCM 2000 dual lead with a 1960 4x12 cab....simply AMAZING!!

(22 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gretsch! fender...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

When i walked into guitar center i knew nothing about guitars so I asked a worker and he narrowed it down to a gretsch or a mexican made strat. I imediattly felt I had to have the gretsch with the franklin stap no other guitar looked or sounded as good as a gretsch. as i got more experianced i realised that i really got a deal thath was easy on the pocket it sounds great, replaced the knobs with chrome skulls and hooked it up to a vox amp what else could sound better with the same price tag ha nothing. its also a solid punk, rock,alternative, country, indie sound that works with anything definattly would recomamed it

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Guitar

By Clay

from Tallahassee, Florida

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

I have quite a few guitars (14 at last count), ranging from Strats and Teles, to Les Pauls, Schecters, and a Paul Reed Smith. I got this guitar because I was looking for something "different", as far as tone. It delivers, and then some. Original setup was a little off, and tweaking the intonation takes some getting used to, but the tone was fantastic from the start. After a good setup and decent strings, it was absolutely unbelievable. This guitar is very versatile, and offers a nice tonal range somewhere between the Fender "pop" and the Gibson "meow". The pickups are not extremely powerful, but pack enough punch to handle a variety of styles. I would not recommend it for metal players, but blues, jazz, rock, punk, and even country are all in there. And, yes, restringing with the Bigsby is a pain, but it's worth the trouble to have that vintage warbling tremolo at your disposal. You CANNOT beat this guitar for the money.

(10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't pass this up!

By The Old Man Down the Street

from Metairie, LA

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

I picked one up in my local Guitar Center. I bought the black top - pure class. Beautiful mahogany back and sides. Great workmanship. I fell in love with its pure sweet tones - clean and clear, great sustain. I can feel every note throughout its entire body and neck. Great action. It can handle all styles. I record my own music and every guitar I've ever owned has its own voice. This one's a standout.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile---- No, really

By Drew

from Buffalo, MN

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

Where to begin- the strings. Well, the strings that comes with it are bad, unless you strum really hard. They are pretty heavy, so it makes fast strumming difficult. But, hey, you can change that for a low cost. The Bigsby is cool too; it doesn't untune the guitar horribly, like Strat whammys. It's pick-ups are few but powerful. I didn't totally realize that there were only 2 when playing with the switch down. The high notes are still powerful, and aren't whiny, like my Strat. Get this: I used this to play "Set To Fail" by Lamb of God (I don't know why), and it actually sounded GREAT when paired up with my Boss Wah pedal and some distortion. Its not too heavy either, so feel free to release your inner Angus or Reverend Horton Heat. On top of this, it looks awesome. It's so shiny. So...... shiny.....

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Better than any gibson or fender at the same price

By jtbdesign

from Lancaster, PA

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

I almost walked out the door with a different guitar, but I saw this guitar on the wall and decided to give it try. I was satisified with the tone, and it played great. When I looked at the price tag it was over. The only real issue I have with this guitar is it's ability to stay in tune. I heard other people have this same problem with this guitar. New tuners should fix that problem. The bigsby kind of gets in the way a bit, I've never been a fan of trem. This guitar nails any fender or gibson at the same price level to the wall. Forget epiphones. If you're looking at an epi, les paul go with one of these instead.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I named her Betty!!!

By J.P.

from TEXAS

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

As i big fan of rockabilly, I finally decided to get a Gretsch. This was my first choice since I am used to solid bodies for the most part. First off, this guitar looks goods and solid. Very clean and neat. The problem is, it is heavy, not uncomfortable, but heavy. Like other reviews you will want to change the strings if you want these "mini tuners" to do their job, and yes the bigsby makes restringing a pain, but i got used it. My only real issue i have had with this beauty is the pickups are very weak on any clean channel I have tried, out of 4 amps, all different brands. Luckily, I rarely use clean. I love this guitar and play it daily. Any Gretsch fans or anyone who wants a great blues sound should give it a try if they can.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

the good and the bad

By Rick

from Nashville TN

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

I was looking at several guitars like most of us when shopping. I was taken by how good looking this guitar was. Of course when your at the store you can't crank it up and really rip. When I got home I was dissaponted after a few weeks. It did not stay in tune very well and the humbuckers where a little to muffeld for my taste. The guitar is impressive for the money and with a few dollars you could keep it in tune much better but to me thats the last thing I want to do is put money into a new guitar. Before you buy play it several times. I gave it 3 stars becuase of the going out of tune other wise the guitar was really nice. At a price range of 600 it's OK but spend a little more and you will find a much higher quality sound. By the way I returned it.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Gretsch, Great Deal

By revkevbo

from Batesville, IN

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

I've always loved that Gretsch sound, but couldn't see my way to a $2500 guitar. After checking out at least 30 guitars, this one stood out above Fenders, Epiphones, and others. When I plugged it into my Vox amp that classic sound blew the competition away. This guitar was so easy to play and the sound was amazing. The lead pickup gave me great hard rockin' tones and the rhythm pickup was so creamy and smooth for jazz. The only complaint I have is the stock tuners. They had a hard time holding tune. Also, I bumped the guitar and one of the tuners bent. After replacing them with some Grover tuners I was sure that I had made a great buy on the guitar. Why can't Gretsch put Grovers or Sperzels on the guitar and still keep it under a $1000? If want that great Gretsch sound but aren't touring the world, this guitar is where the rockin' begins!

(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

a decent guitar.

By define_Ego

from Rome, Ga

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

i bought this in september. it was the first electric that i purchased, and i was pleased with its performance, but the strings that came on it were horrible. after i bought new strings it sounded better. definitely worth buying if you are on a budget or just beginning and want to get a feel for the electric.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A lot of guitar for the money

By happydog

from New Orleans, LA

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

Surprising! Great finish (I got the silver, I don't care if people stare). But more than that, this is a very good guitar for the money. The construction is quite good with a nice attention to detail. It feels solid and balanced. I was able to get the action quite low without buzz or fretting out. The fretwork is much better than I expected, as are the binding and inlays. The playability cannot be faulted. Set up properly, it plays like butter. The pickups are not high powered humbuckers, and you will need to turn up your amp, but tonally it occupies a nice space between Fender and Gibson without sounding too much like either one. Weights on these vary from guitar to guitar, so they can be hefty, although the body chambering does help. You must be ready to deal with a Bigsby if you get this. Restringing can take a little longer and you can't expect to do huge whammy bar dives without tuning afterward, but for a shivery wobble the Bigsby is perfect. Overall this is a very good guitar for the money, possibly one of the best deals in its price range, and certainly better than a lot of the competition.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

IF YOU LOVE LES PAULS YOULL LOVE THIS EVEN MORE

By single cut away lover

from portland oregon

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

ive played a lot of guitars some good some bad but this one is just incredible ive played a gibson les paul that costs three times this and then i played this and i was suprised to find i prefered this one i just had an excellent tone and was incredible to play i didnt want to give it up it can play anything i usually play punk or blues so i know it will work for either

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great guitar

By Johnny Gorny

from michigan

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

I bought this guitar about a month ago experimenting with different guitars and getting away from my normal which has always been PRS, i gotta say i wasn't disappointed at all. The action is great, pickups sound amazing and the overall playability is out-standing, especially for the price. Despite not being one of the thousand dollar gretsch's that are out there the quality is more than you could ask for. You can get a beautiful blues sound or a nice classic rock raw grungy sound out of it. If there are any skeptics its as easy as going to your local guitar center and trying one out but from experience of owning one i can honestly say this guitar will in no way disappoint. Gretsch doesn't know how to disappoint and this guitar is no different

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good for the money

By guitarist

from Corpus Christi, TX

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

been wanting this guitar for quite some time and finally saved up enough to get it. Right of the bat it's a great guitar for the money. The angled bridge kinda messed me up with setting the intonation. I couldn't get the saddles far up enough because of it. The neck pup was really bassy. Also, having a hard time keeping it in tune even with out using the bigsby so first thing I'm doing is getting a rolling bridge, a graphtech nut, and possibly new tuners. The tone is fat and warm and sounds really good.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good stringed intrument

By BAWG?

from Honkersville, Ohio

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

This guitar sounds great and looks great. Pretty much everything is great about this guitar except for one thing, and that is changing the strings. If you want to use the whammy, you have to loop the string around it and get it on this little peg. It takes about five hands and many naughty words, but you can also just not use the whammy and your good to go!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very versatile

By Kalvin

from Rochelle, IL

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

I bought this guitar a couple months ago and have fallen in love. I use it to practice and with my band and it makes the transition easily. A simple must have.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice sound, Bad tuning.

By Fede

from Rockville, MD.

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

I gave this guitar 3 stars, because really, the lack of tuning stability takes away 2 full stars. The guitar is well built for an instrument of that price. Looks really nice, the details are phenomenal. The sound, played through a Fender amp, is killer. The mini 'buckers are amazing. BUT... the guitar can't stand 5 minutes in tune. I have tried everything, but it can't stay in tune. To tell you the truth, after 10 months of playing and getting annoyed with the lack of good tuning, I decided to get rid of it. I sold it. Again... Sound A+ for that guitar and that price. Tuning: D. Hope that helps to your decision.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

heavy guitar

By RANO A

from milford,mass

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

Well I love guitars out of the 30 i have, this one dosen,t get picked up too often, why?? its a nice guitar got a good deal on it but its so heavy it kills to play it for any length of time...its a good solid guitar, but there getting over priced, for the price i would invest in something a little lighter around the neck, stick with neck thru design and you will be glad......

 
3.0

Good sound - Poor construction

By Federico Salon Kajganich

from Rockville, MD

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby:

This is a great sounding guitar. It has that particular "Gretsch" sound. Very nice neck and the finish is beautiful, really. But I think that they should put a little bit more of effort in producing a better neck, in terms of stability, because this guitar does not stay in tune for 5 seconds. This is by no means comparable to a Fender or Gibson neck. Expensive Gretschs have awesome necks and never go out of tune. You know, if you are a serious and experienced guitar player, you know that a guitar that goes out of tune is really annoying. I wanted to throw the guitar out the window. If Gretsch gives this guitar a better neck, with no need to increase the price, this guitar would be AWESOME. This is all I can say. Great sound and stuff. Bad neck, goes out of tune fast.

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