When they released the new Streamliner Series in early 2016, Gretsch described them as a "brave new sound"... and when you hear one of these guitars in action, you'll probably agree that they were right! Aimed at the working musician or recreational player wanting a premium guitar without the premium price tag, these semi hollow and hollowbody instruments sound as impressive as they look. They're available in a variety of classic Gretsch styles, including full sized hollowbody, Center Block and Center Block Jr., which means you can have your Gretsch Streamliner any way you want it. For every musician and every style, there's a Streamliner to match.
So what makes a present day Streamliner different from a 1950s '70s vintage model? The biggest revision is the newly created Broad'Tron humbucker, which Gretsch developed especially for the series. It's a high output humbucking picking that scales beautifully from lows to highs, with strength at the bottom end and crispness at the top. And the tone it produces is perfect for blending, so it's a fantastic choice for the whole band. New as those pickups are, the visual design of the Streamliner is still true to the old school, making it a pretty nice blend of modern and vintage elements.
One thing that never changes over the years is that finding the best guitar for you depends on exactly what you're looking for in the first place. Thankfully, there's enough variety here to pick out a Gretsch guitar that's almost as if it were personalized for you. If you're a Center Block fan and a Bigsby user, for instance, there's the Gretsch Guitars G2622T Streamliner Center Block Double Cutaway with Bigsby. Or, for a fixed bridge on a full hollowbody, check out the Gretsch Guitars G2420 Streamliner Single Cutaway Hollowbody. Are you a southpaw? Then maybe the Gretsch Guitars G2622LH Streamliner Center Block Double Cutaway Lefty will be right for you.
Taking the Gretsch Streamliner series as a whole, there really aren't any weak options in the lineup, and on the other hand, there isn't a single "best" choice either. Frankly, that's how it should be because it means that the right one to pick up is based entirely on you. Take a look for yourself and think about which of these Gretsch Streamliners you want to see yourself playing. When one of them clicks, you'll know you're on the right track.