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Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar Black

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Take a ride uptown in style and plug it in! Reminiscent of the early Synchromatics of the 1940s, this archtop acoustic/electric has a spruce top, maple sides and back, maple neck, and rosewood fingerb... Click To Read More About This Product

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Take a ride uptown in style and plug it in! Reminiscent of the early Synchromatics of the 1940s, this archtop acoustic/electric has a spruce top, maple sides and back, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard. The G100CE features a Gretsch pickup, separate volume and tone knobs, chromatic tailpiece, aged pearloid block inlays, vintage headstock logo, and compensated bridge. The 40's design is simple and elegant, and you'll be unlikely to find anything like it in the market at this price.

Perfect for the Gretsch player looking for a no-nonsense, the G100CE guitar is a vibe-loaded acoustic that allows you to plug it in and won't break the bank! It's the couch guitar you can take to the streets.

The Synchromatic's Gretsch pickup offers flexibility and tone. The chromatic bridge and tailpiece provide balanced string tension and enhanced bass response. The art deco design is vintage cool!

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Body Style: Archtop Acoustic
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Bracing: Parallel Tone Bars
  • Back And Sides: Laminated Maple, 16" Wide, 2.75" Deep
  • Neck: Laminated Maple
  • Pickups: Gretsch Single Coil
  • Controls: Volume and Tone
  • Width At Nut: 1-11/16" (43mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Gretsch Rosewood Chromatic Bridge
  • Tailpiece: Gretsch Chromatic Tailpiece
  • Hardware: Chrome-Plated
  • Finish: Matte Urethane
  • Frets: 20 Extra Broad Frets
  • Machine Heads: Chrome-Plated Die-Cast Tuners
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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 GuitarsG100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Jamming (3)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far, a great purchase. I do love this guitar!

By Joe

from philadelphia, PA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

    Looks great, feels great, sounds great.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet baby Elvis I love this thing!

    By Zombiefolly

    from Toledo, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

      I got this guitar yesterday, and set up the bridge (anyone that says it is set up out of the box is lying...there is a piece of foam under the floating bridge that needs to be removed). It sounded great both plugged into a little practice Honeytone amp and acoustically. I hated the strings though. I am not a Jazz player, more rockabilly and blues...and a lot of fingerpicking. The huge gauge flatwound strings on it were not for me. I put on .10-.48 DR Zebras...and just love this guitar!!!

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Gretch Acoustic Arch Top

      By Starfurry-rBCu.

      from Caro Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Good For Backtracks

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

      Excellent Gretch guitar. Well worth the price. Just a touch of fret buzz but that is usually the fault of the guitarist. Nice adjustable bridge. Pickup not high quality but can be replaced.

      I have a Ovation balladier. It has a richer tone than the Gretch BUT;;;;; it is hard to play. Strings to far above the frets. The Gretch G100CE is more like my Gretch Viking great string fret action.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great tone. Great Guitar

      By riverrat123

      from New Braunfels, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

        I received this guitar last week and have been playing it non-stop. Right out of the box, the intonation was set perfectly. Contrary to what some of the reviews state, I love the sound of this guitar unplugged. I am playing my first show with it this weekend, so we'll see how she works out in a live situation, but so far, I am loving this axe.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        wonderful guitar; great price

        By walt-0FWt1

        from Austin, Tx

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Should come with case

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

          Once in a while, you get a guitar that you think at the time will be a speciality axe for certain projects, and it turns out to be something you just can't put down. I've been using this guitar in all kinds of settings, and it's just a joy to play. I've got it strung with a .013 flatwound set. This is the first guitar I've used flatwounds on. I've got small hands, and some medical issues in the joints of some fingers, and yet this guitar is very easy to play with these strings on it. In a duo setting, with a percussionist, the sound through just a little GK 250ML solid state amp fills the room and feels very, very full. You expect this guitar to excel on the jazzier pieces, and on the rockabilly and jump blues numbers, but it also adds a unique and effective sound to the singer/songwriter stuff, the country ballads and even the rock numbers. Yeah, you won't be doing a lot of string bends with this set-up, but that just causes you to find other interesting modes of expression.

          Only a couple of complaints: 1) the electronics were wired to have two tone knobs and no volume knob. Weird. The website doesn't reflect this set-up, so maybe it was a problem at the factory. I just had the music store re-wire it to the standard volume/tone configuration as a condition of the sale, which they did with no problem. 2) a hardshell case should have been included. Instead, they don't even make one and so I the store had to find an old Ibanez case that would fit it (more or less).

          All that aside, I absolutely love this guitar. It's a real sleeper, and if Gretsch keeps making it I have to think that it's going to really take off at some point. Get in on it now while the pricing is copacetic!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          PERFECT AFFORDABLE JAZZ BOX

          By Central Valley Troubadour

          from modesto, ca

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Lovely Tone And Looks
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

            Perfect action and gorgeous, right out of the Gretsch box. I immediately brought it into my studio to hear it on an amp...it sounds and plays incredibly well. The range of tone is wide and the signature "jazz box" sound is unmistakable. I love this guitar and always enjoy playing it. There was an acoustic rattle (not picked up when plugged in) and it took awhile to isolate it. It was the pickup. Problem solved by slipping a folded piece of paper underneath, which cannot be seen. Definitely a great buy and a superb new guitar by Gretsch.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very good for the right reason for it

            By milod

            from Northern US plains

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

              Four stars compared to high-end archtops five to ten times the price but five stars in its price range.

              I didn't expect to get this instrument - but a semi-steal arose from another picker. I grabbed it when almost new. It's quite well made, odd looking on a wall but looks very good under stage lights.

              I prefer the 16-inch body for a jazz guitar, so it's comfortable. I prefer a 24 3/4 scale, so the 25 1/2 scale almost put me off, but it's done well for me regardless and some would prefer it.

              I'd say it's likely best for a more experienced picker because it will meet expectations for what it is. It must have strings and technique matched and, as the other reviewer noted, it will "mud up" if you bang at it as if for Bluegrass. I'm a light fingerpicker 99 percent of the time. No problem.

              Set up well it is almost touchless to play. The neck and balance make moving on the neck quite easy. The big fingerboard marker rectangles are a matter of taste, but I'm a playability guy. The neck and fingerboard are up there with more expensive guitars.

              I'm used to floating bridges but a beginner might try to change all six strings at once and panic when the bridge "fell off."

              Tuners are old-style but nice and solid. The nut doesn't bind, at least not with flats, and seems quite well cut. Frets are fine.

              Electronics... The single "floating" neck pup has a volume and tone control on the pick guard. Some jazzers don't feel they need a tone pot but I like it. Both pots feel quality. A younger beginner may have problems with wires under the guard. A grownup shouldn't.

              The pup perhaps shouldn't touch the guitar top; it barely does on the arch on mine. It's screwed to the neck so it's decent as an archtop acoustic regardless that a 16-inch box isn't going to be all that loud. Bottom line is there aren't extra holes in the top; a lot of far more expensive archtops are built this way.

              Oh - intonation etc.? I got the box, played it a bit, ordered "my" strings. Did a show rehearsal with the old ones. A string broke just as I began pickin'. An archtop can go crazy at that, right? Wrong. I did the piece with five strings still in tune.

              It's not a handmade trophy, but it's quite good for a player who knows this is the kind of instrument they want at a price they can afford.

              On stage? With all six strings, it is a good partner you can play without thinking about it.

              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Smooth as Silk

              By austin derose

              from Knoxville, TN

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

              I had always wanted a Gretsch, but put off getting one in favor of other band equipment. I finally made the leap and ordered the G100CE from Guitar Center in April 2012. It sounded great right out of the box. No fret buzz, low action, and deep resonance. I was looking for something that would have an acoustic blues sound when needed but also take to some distortion as well. This guitar does the trick. Quality of build is wonderful and electronics are solid. I was worried about the feedback coming from this guitar (especially with effects) during band practice, but it was not an issue during the actual show. Overall, I highly recommend this guitar to anyone looking for versatility of sound, killer looks, and a wonderful playing guitar.

              (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              More Than A "Jazz Box"

              By welchraw9

              from Iowa

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

              I first played a Synchromatic a couple of years ago, but at the time, didn't realize the unique flavors the guitar could offer in comparison with the Gretsch hollowbodys I was familiar with. The Synchromatic set up yields a voice of its own. A voice far different than the typical Gretsch equipped with Bigsby, Filtertrons, Dynasonics, etc. I use it for select classic country, rockabilly type tunes within a set. Using 12-53 flatwound strings, the tone is rich and full through a Blues Jr III. Single note lines never sound thin, but instead fill a great deal of sonic space. Though I'm not a jazz player, the guitars tone and smooth playability have inspired me to learn more chord inversions, and jazz oriented fills to use in the music I've been playing for years.
              The G100CE Synchromatic exudes class. The chromatic tailpiece, chromatic rosewood bridge, headstock logo, the pickguard, all harken back to smoky night clubs, and late night jam sessions of more than 70 years ago. But the timeless good looks and tone of this Gretsch are as welcome today as they were in the 1940's. The G100CE electronics are simple and effective: one pickup, a tone knob, and a volume control.
              Light weight, but a very solid feel. This is an "all night" guitar. The playability of the neck is as comfortable as I have ever known. The kind of guitar that one can play comfortably from the first tune until closing time.
              I own three Proline Gretsch guitars. All of them very different in tone from the G100CE and two to three times more expensive. But the Synchromatic is still a favorite.

              (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Better Late Than Never

              By Randy

              from Albuquerque, NM

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

              Back ordered for several months. Not GCs fault..popular guitar, Gretsch had to fill the orders. Well worth the wait. Mellow acoustic sound, especially when tuned down. Warm bridge pick up, works great with a little tube amp...clean to a little crunch, great with a slide. I began playing it right out of the box...just a quick tune and it was ready to go. Plus you can't beat the classic look.

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