More Info About Free 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping

Close Window

Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar Black Sparkle

Item #: 
1273888004589
  • Write a Review

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... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 01-27-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

Price:
$54999.00
Add to Wish List

QUESTIONS?
Connect with an expert instantly.

Call us: 866-498-7882

 
PICK UP IN STORE Available in: 3-7 Days (estimated) Denver, CO (5.5  mi) Change Pick Up Store


,
SUN:11AM-7PM
MON-FRI:10AM-9PM
SAT:10AM-8PM
  • Pro Coverage Eligible
  • Free Shipping
  • Easy Returns
Overview

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.

Features
  • Alder body
  • Bolt on maple neck
  • Dual mini Gretsch humbuckers
  • Bigsby vibrato
  • Rosewood fretboard
Warranty
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


GUITAR CENTER'S PRO COVERAGE
Pro Coverage gives you added warranty protection for your new gear. Stepping in where the manufacturer's "normal wear and tear" coverage ends, our Pro Coverage program offers you upgraded coverage if your product ever fails Read More.

Pro Coverage includes
  • Accidental damage protection (new gear only)
  • Expedited repair
  • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% coverage for commercial use
  • Extended return period
  • Extended price protection
  • No lemon guarantee
  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to three years from date of purchase
  • Repair authorization-toll-free by phone or via the web
  • Customer Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
Gretsch GuitarsG5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar
 
3.9

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Seriously Read This

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...Read complete review

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Stay Away

I ordered this instrument in December of last year. I had to return it twice because the first one did not produce a sound and the second instrument was clearly a B-Stock quality and...Read complete review

I ordered this instrument in December of last year. I had to return it twice because the first one did not produce a sound and the second instrument was clearly a B-Stock quality and the strap buttons were completely ripped out. The one that I received after that worked like a charm for about two months, since then it has been a nightmare. The action is unplayable,the bridge is useless for intonation, and have discovered the body is actually plywood.

Reviewed by 23 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to Top

Previous | Next »

 
4.0

Nice long-scale baritone that you can actually find ...

By tINY

from Orygun

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Case unavaliable (?)

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

The one I got is working well. Maybe it's the set-up my local shop insists on before anything goes on the floor... Tone is a bit different than the Squire Bari, but still in the same ballpark due to it's long scale.

If it was available without a trem, I would have gotten it that way. But, for some gentle vibrato, it's nice to have once in a while. No doubt it adds mass to the body - and that helps get the long, clean sustain that these long-scale baritones are known for.

Finding a case that fits is proving difficult. The long scale makes it just unwieldy enough that the used soft-case is not a good answer - I keep bumping it on doors and such...

 
4.0

Bari

By g$

from Stockholm

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      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.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Cheap and Weak

      By nutcase

      from charlotte, nc

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

          I really wanted this to be a cool guitar. On paper, it has everything I wanted.
          Unfortunately,this price realm doesn't get much consistancy anymore.

          Pickups were very weak and dark/dull. Had to reset my whole rig just to get the gain up and make it sparkle a little. Also, note that the whammy is "Bigsby Licensed". These don't perfrom and return to "zero" like the true Bigsby on my Gibson does. Tuners are cheap. Workmanship OK, not great. I've returned the guitar.

          The search shall continue.

          (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.

          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          More great experiences with the 5265

          By oldFartBassplayer Walt

          from Robbinsville, NJ

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Range Of Notes
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Bigsby Tailpiece For Bass

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

          Short story:
          I'm not using this as a 'baritone guitar', but as
          a bass guitar, with occasional leads. I'm having
          decent results in a folk-rock group.

          The long story is:

          The situation is I am the bass player in a
          lightweight folkrock band- acoustic rhythm,
          3 voices, light percussion and bass. We lead
          praise and worship rallies, getting folk to
          sing. Sometimes a lead riff intro or solo
          would work well, so I did it on bass, with
          just OK results.

          Enter the G5265. Strung with D'Addrio XL156
          24-84's, it uses the E-E tuning, so the bottom
          4 strings are identical to a bass. So I can
          now play normal bass parts, but take a riff on
          the upper two strings, which cover the middle
          registers of a normal guitar.

          My impressions? I get a decent bottom for the
          bass notes. In a singalong context, thats fine,
          but maybe not in concert. Because the strings
          are not as thick as normal bass, I don't get
          the 'fightback' I'm used to, to be as expressive
          as I can be on my J-Bass.

          The pickups are very reactive, and there is
          enough room to use my fingertips, so with
          practice I can probably get even more expressive
          in my playing.

          The upper registers are not as expressive as a
          normal electric guitar either, because of the
          thicker, wound strings used. (perhaps I'll
          experiment with lighter gauge for the B and E
          strings). But again, they get the job done. I
          I may also consider a dual amp setup.

          The guitar itself (used, but in perfect
          condition) had NO issues. It was set up
          fine, no buzzes. A minor
          issue with staying in tune long term, maybe
          because of new strings. 2 pickups, x 3
          settings gives a LOT of variation of tones.

          I don't use the Bigby sway bar, so its parked
          away. I wish there was an easy way to lock it,
          because I suspect tuning one string varies the
          spring tension on all the others. And putting
          new strings on IS A MAJOR PAIN in the butt.

          All in all, (if you want to put in some work
          adjusting your playing), when used as a
          bass/with leads, the Gretsch does a pretty good
          job. I wouldn't use it in a rock band setting*,
          but as support to an acoustic rhythm guitar, it
          gets the job done.

          *although The Cure does!

           
          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.

          (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Update to My Previous Review...

          By SilkyHotLIcks

          from Sacramento

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
          • Requires More Physicality

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Teaching Music

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar in December of 2012. I've now had enough time to practice, gig and record with it and while I like the sound of the pickups I can no longer recommend this instrument for the following reasons,

          1.) The tuners feel cheap and are very course.

          2.) The volume and tone control knobs are also cheap and are very course. There is a pronounced roll off very soon into the taper of the controls.

          3.) The bridge woobles back and forward when the tremolo used.

          4.) The body is make out of pressed particle board and it has very little resonance. I accidentally dinged the finish and it flaked off to reveal the wood underneath.

          With all of that being said, the neck, fingerboard and the pickups perform well.

          For me this guitar is now relegated to practicing and other non critical uses.

          This guitar is over-priced and should be at least 1/3 off the current price.

          (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Gretsch Jet Baritone - one of a kind

          By John Branum

          from Pacific Northwest

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

          I think this is a good price for something so hard to find right now.

          Unlike all the other death-metal targeted baritones available, this guys gruff, twangy rumble reflects its rockabilly appearance, which was just what I had been looking for.

          Its made in China, and feels a bit like that in the fretwork, hardware, and light weight, but its sound is full and mean.

          I had read that it came set up as a bass, therefore requiring a new nut to run baritone strings, so I was pretty happy when mine showed up as a baritone, already tuned to B (ish). I guess Gretsch got the message.

          I decided to negate the rhythm only position of the non-adjustable neck pickup by spring-loading it with two longer screws, then backing it out to the same height as the bridge pickup, which gave me a strong, deep, bluesy option.

          The Bigsby is attractive and nice, and I look forward to using it effectively, but unfortunately, that will require a bridge replacement. It came with a fixed bridge instead of the much-needed, tremolo friendly roller bridge, as pictured. As the tremolo is activated, the bridge actually rocks a bit forward and back on its body mounts, making it difficult to keep in tune, and promises frequent string failure. It has been said that the strings touching the back of the bridge make it impossible to keep it in tune. They do touch, but this is actually not an issue at all and cant effect the tuning in any way, but it could be a problem with the roller bridge.

          I like this guitar and Id say buy one if youre looking for a unique, gruff, humbucker rockabilly baritone with a tremolo (plus a little work).

          Displaying reviews 1-10

          Back to Top

          Previous | Next »

          You are changing the Ship-To country.

          Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.