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With its TV Jones-designed dual Gretsch mini-humbuckers and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, the Electromatic Jet Baritone will peel the paint and crack the walls. Bolt-on maple neck, die-cast tuning machine... Read More

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With its TV Jones-designed dual Gretsch mini-humbuckers and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, the Electromatic Jet Baritone will peel the paint and crack the walls. Bolt-on maple neck, die-cast tuning machines, Adjusto-Matic bridge, 3-way pickup selector, and master volume and tone controls.

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  • Alder body
  • Bolt on maple neck
  • Dual mini Gretsch humbuckers
  • Bigsby vibrato
  • Rosewood fretboard
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How Can You Complain?

By Doug Gordon

from Sarasota, FL

Looking for a baritone guitar, I looked at a Fender VI, Eastwood, Dan Electro, and the Gretsch G5265. No store around me had any of them to road test so I had to go on reviews and youtubes. I have a 67 Gretsch Tennessean and love that tone. I also wanted a whammy bar so that let out the Dan Electro. I decided on the Gretsch for what I would hope would be the classic Gretsch "surf tone". I had an issue with the first G5265 Baritone that was sent to me. I think it was a faulty ground wire because of the buzz it was creating. Ended up sending it back for another new one and which took about a week. No issues. Very quiet. Now to the guitar itself. Seems really well built. Looks like 2 piece neck. The binding, paint and overall build seems quite good. Tight I would say. Nice Bigsby. The mini humbucker pickups are VERY low output. That is fine for me as I am not using it live but just for recording purposes. It could probably stand an upgrade there for some. The pots are incredibly tiny. That might effect overall output but who knows. I can generate a great rude vintage surftone through my Bassman and that is what I got her for. I did not anticipate that it would sound really great for chords as well. Adds a whole new dimension to the tracks. Really just a great baritone for the money.

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Love the Sound but.

By Chris Pierce

from Seattle

I love the warm sound of this guitar. The lower tuning of the baritone really fits my singing register and adds a different dimension to the songs I wrote under a standard guitar and tuning. It's exactly what I've been looking for with one exception. NO BLOODY CASE! Gretsch doesn't seem interested in fixing their customer service issues and don't seem to be manufacturing a hard case for this thing. I don't want to put it in a gig bag because that's just a false sense of security. So for now it stays home. If you want to make some money, design and build a hardcase for this guitar, nobody else is.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar. Even More fun with a lighter set of strings

By Joe Shepard

from Boulder,CO

This guitar come set up as a Bass VI instead of a true baritone. As it is delivered it is tuned an octave down (tuned E to E) with big honkin' strings on it. I replaced the stock strings with a set of D'Addario light baritone strings (.013-.062). I had to adjust the neck tension and the bridge intonation but it is now a B to B baritone monster. It is a blast to play and sounds incredible. Stringing note: The D'Addarios are barely long enough to work on this beast but once on they seem to work well. Also getting the strings to stay on the bridge can be a bit of a challenge. They need to be bent to fit the shape of the round tremolo bridge. I found that with a pair of medium sized needle-nosed pliers it's pretty easy to bend the ends of the strings into the needed shape to stay put on the bridge string pins. Saying of of that I love this guitar.

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(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Bad Luck


from MPLS,MN

Purchased new in November of 2010, I was thrilled with the look and feel of this fantastically affordable Bass VI. Unfortunately, the electronics have failed me three different times since I bought it, all three times for a different reason (today's date is 2/6/11, thus I've only had it for three months). Needless to say, the action is great and the finish is cool, but chances are that it'll spend more time looking cool in the repair shop than it will 'round your shoulder on stage where it belongs.

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(19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)


Great Instrumental Guitar !

By HillBilly Kid

from Melbourne, Australia

This guitar is ideal for playing instrumentals by the likes of Rob EG, Duanne Eddy, etc. Songs like the Theme from Peter Gunn, etc, where deep, gutsy riffs are required. The Bigsby tremolo is perfect for this kind of playing. I'm pretty happy with mine, and if you don't have problems playing a bass guitar, then the high action shouldn't pose too much of a problem.

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(114 of 123 customers found this review helpful)


Seriously Read This

By Pieholdensuite

from The land of ham, VA.

Ok there was some other user that reviewed this guitar that really didn't seem to understand basic guitar terminology let alone the theory behind baritones. Baritones are built to offer two voices in one guitar, with bass-like lower registers and guitar-like highs. As a result they tend to have a slightly higher action and require some getting used to. The bigger bottom end of baritones is very desireable especially if you use a set of strings designed for the guitar/bass hybrid jerry jones designed years ago, this particular type of strings, while very heavy offer standard tuning on a baritone scale. No new fingerings or registers to get used to, whis is a huge convenience. The drawbacks of this model are its bare boned construction including a bolt on neck instead of set neck construction. Gretsch makes great guitars with phenomenal sounding pickups however the bolt on neck joint and heel seem to mystify them, on this guitar it isnt very smooth or comfortable. The finish is catchy and smooth and holds up well, but would probably be more attractive with a bit more flash. The tremolo should probably be used sparingly seeing as the bridge is a standard tuneomatic instead of a roller bridge and will likely throw the guitar out of tune on dive-bombs. All in all though this guitar can be appreciated for its ruggedness and its goal of bringing baritone tuning and playing scale to a modest price level. Test it out, its not too bad a play.

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