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Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar Black Sparkle

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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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Features
  • Alder body
  • Bolt on maple neck
  • Dual mini Gretsch humbuckers
  • Bigsby vibrato
  • Rosewood fretboard
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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 GuitarsG5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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4.0

Bari

By g$

from Stockholm

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

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      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

      This guitar adds some great low end. It's especially great when there is another guitar player on the team, both guitars compliment each other and fill out the tone.
      You probably will only want to buy this if you want the bari tone.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Expands your musical toolbox

      By Scott

      from Cleveland, OH

      Site Member

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

      As a long time guitar player, I had long wondered how to get those deep tones such as the opening to "Chain of Fools" and the guitar lead in "Wichita Lineman." The answer? A baritone guitar, so when I decided to finally go after one, I researched all the possibilities. Briefly, my thought process was this: I wanted one that would sound good clean and wanted a vibrato arm to get that iconic sound. I also didn't want to empty the bank account since this is one of those specialty guitars that isn't used on every song. The Gretsch 5265 was the right choice for me. Workmanship is excellent. This is a Chinese guitar, and I've seen some really fine work come out of China, depending on who's making it. The hardware (strap holders, knobs) isn't quite as robust as on my old Gretsch Country Gentleman, but then this instrument is quite a bit smaller. The hardware brands are tops; Grover tuners, Bigsby vibrato, and everything works well. Intonation was fine out of the box. Finish is excellent on both the body and neck (gloss urethane on the body, satin urethane on the neck, and I'm of the school that says finish has no effect on the tone of an electric solid body guitar). One other observation: the body is made of some sort of composite wood, with Gretsch saying the back is laminated hardwood. It is cheaper construction than other Gretsch baritones with solid wood bodies, but this guitar costs a fraction of the price. Does it affect the tone? My personal opinion is no. Most of the tone of a guitar like this comes out of the player, the pickups and the overall design. Tone is just what I was looking for, deep but smooth with twang when needed. I like the Gretsch mini humbucker pickups. (I want this to sound good clean.) To my ear, the pickups have a sound which works for the string size and scale length (29.75"). I know there are a lot of opinions on forums about these pickups. I don't plan on changing them or anything else on this. Through a Twin Reverb, the guitar sounds wonderful. The Bigsby doesn't seem to cause any tuning issues after using it, but it's not for dive bombing, just subtle vibrato. Works fine with the stock bridge which is adjustable. As far as the bolt on neck, it's executed as well as most other major guitar manufacturers' bolt on necks. For those who want a hard case, the Gretsch case 6283 fits the Jet baritone very well, even accommodates the Bigsby. It is made by TKL and has the classic burgundy Gretsch plush lining like the vintage cases. Bottom line, very nice guitar at a very reasonable price. Yes, there are cheaper ones out there. But I wanted something with a vibrato, and that ruled out some other possibilities. That 29.75" scale length takes some getting used to for those of us who have been playing standard guitars (and parlor guitars). But the sounds that come out of this Gretsch baritone are just a joy.

       
      5.0

      Expands your musical toolbox

      By Scott

      from Cleveland, OH

      Site Member

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

      As a long time guitar player, I had long wondered how to get those deep tones such as the opening to ""Chain of Fools"" and the guitar lead in ""Wichita Lineman."" The answer? A baritone guitar, so when I decided to finally go after one, I researched all the possibilities. Briefly, my thought process was this: I wanted one that would sound good clean and wanted a vibrato arm to get that iconic sound. I also didn't want to empty the bank account since this is one of those specialty guitars that isn't used on every song. The Gretsch 5265 was the right choice for me. Workmanship is excellent. This is a Chinese guitar, and I've seen some really fine work come out of China, depending on who's making it. The hardware (strap holders, knobs) isn't quite as robust as on my old Gretsch Country Gentleman, but then this instrument is quite a bit smaller. The hardware brands are tops; Grover tuners, Bigsby vibrato, and everything works well. Intonation was fine out of the box. Finish is excellent on both the body and neck (gloss urethane on the body, satin urethane on the neck, and I'm of the school that says finish has no effect on the tone of an electric solid body guitar). One other observation: the body is made of some sort of composite wood, with Gretsch saying the back is laminated hardwood. It is cheaper construction than other Gretsch baritones with solid wood bodies, but this guitar costs a fraction of the price. Does it affect the tone? My personal opinion is no. Most of the tone of a guitar like this comes out of the player, the pickups and the overall design. Tone is just what I was looking for, deep but smooth with twang when needed. I like the Gretsch mini humbucker pickups. (I want this to sound good clean.) To my ear, the pickups have a sound which works for the string size and scale length (29.75""). I know there are a lot of opinions on forums about these pickups. I don't plan on changing them or anything else on this. Through a Twin Reverb, the guitar sounds wonderful. The Bigsby doesn't seem to cause any tuning issues after using it, but it's not for dive bombing, just subtle vibrato. Works fine with the stock bridge which is adjustable. As far as the bolt on neck, it's executed as well as most other major guitar manufacturers' bolt on necks. For those who want a hard case, the Gretsch case 6283 fits the Jet baritone very well, even accommodates the Bigsby. It is made by TKL and has the classic burgundy Gretsch plush lining like the vintage cases. Bottom line, very nice guitar at a very reasonable price. Yes, there are cheaper ones out there. But I wanted something with a vibrato, and that ruled out some other possibilities. That 29.75"" scale length takes some getting used to for those of us who have been playing standard guitars (and parlor guitars). But the sounds that come out of this Gretsch baritone are just a joy.

       
      5.0

      How Can You Complain?

      By Doug Gordon

      from Sarasota, FL

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

      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.

       
      4.0

      Love the Sound but.

      By Chris Pierce

      from Seattle

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

      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.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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

      By Joe Shepard

      from Boulder,CO

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

      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.

      (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Bad Luck

      By JRD

      from MPLS,MN

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

      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.

      (19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Instrumental Guitar !

      By HillBilly Kid

      from Melbourne, Australia

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

      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.

      (114 of 124 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Seriously Read This

      By Pieholdensuite

      from The land of ham, VA.

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

      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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