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Inspired by an icon
Few guitarists come close to the talent of the esteemed rockabilly musician, Nick 13. He’s a figurehead of the genre itself. And for good reason, too. Fusing the genres of rockabilly and punk to achieve Tiger Army's stand-out sound, there's no doubt that Nick 13 is a legend in his own right. Which is why Gretsch have decided to celebrate his huge influence with the release of this stunning signature hollowbody…
Crafted in collaboration with Nick 13 himself, Gretsch have meticulously designed every aspect of the Tiger Jet to bring it to life. And it’s been well worth the wait. It’s packed with plenty of Gretsch style, and combines the trademark twang and punch of Nick’s signature tone. So you replicate his ecletic sound, or even make it your own. To truly honour Nick’s legacy, the Tiger Jet is finished with a signature scratchplate and inlays as a unique touch, to cement its status as an exclusive Gretsch masterpiece. This is the definition of a one-of-a-kind instrument.
Fuelled with Filter'Tron tone
What makes a Gretsch, a Gretsch? A question with endless possible answers. But let's focus on the most important – the sound. Loaded with a pair of superb Blacktop Filter'Tron pickups, the G5230T kicks out a tone of pure power and punch. And, combined with the chambered mahogany body, a wide-balanced sound resonates freely with a truly distinctive acoustic quality. Offering responsive low and mid-range frequencies, along with a sparkling high-end, these Filter'Trons know how to stand out on stage. So you can guarantee that your playing will always be heard, no matter the venue.
Experience incredible note definition and articulation, thanks to a treble-bleed circuit. Providing much more clarity when rolling back the master volume, the unique circuit ensures your high frequencies are heard. So, for every lead line or solo, your melodies will soar through the mix with any amount of gain. And, with master tone and volume knobs, you can take full control of your tone.
Crafted for performance
Gretsch know what players expect from their performance. Which is why they consistently go above and beyond to guarantee exceptional feel throughout all their guitar models. A chambered mahogany body creates a feeling of weightlessness, due to its lightweight nature. So you roam the stage with total freedom, and never be restricted in performance. And, thanks to a single-cutaway design, you can enjoy effortless access to the upper frets for those powerful solos and leads.
As for the neck, it's all about sleekness. An ultra-smooth laurel fretboard lets your fingers glide up and down its surface, allowing for rapid riff-playing and chord transitions. What's more – a thin "U" shaped mahogany neck fits snug in the palm of your hand for a comfortable and secure grip, meaning you can take control of each note you play. More precision, no restriction.
Express your creativity
A guitar that doesn’t hold you back. The G5230T has just about every feature a guitarist could ever need to enhance their playing experience. And this is epitomised by the inclusion of the Bigsby bridge. A staple among Gretsch models, the unmistakable Bigsby lets you give your solos that extra whammy. Not your thing? Well, you can even use it to decorate your chords with a hint of shimmer, and add some character to your playing. Gretsch have made a statement of giving the power to the player. And there’s no better example than the release of this stunning Tiger Jet model.
- Model Name: Gretsch G5230T Nick 13 Electromatic Tiger Jet w/ Bigsby, Black
- Model Code: 2508310506
- Collection: Electromatic
- Body Material: Chambered Mahogany
- Top Material: Arched Laminated Maple
- Body Finish: Gloss
- Colour: Black
- Upper Bout: 10.25"
- Lower Bout: 13.375"
- Waist: 8.5"
Neck and Fingerboard
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Thin "U"
- Neck Finish: Gloss
- Fingerboard Material: Laurel
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- No. of Frets: 22
- Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
- Inlays: Pearloid TigerBat
- Scale Length: 24.6"
Hardware and Electronics
- Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
- Nut Width: 1.6875"
- Tuning Machines: Die-Cast Chrome
- Bridge: Anchored Adjusto-Matic
- Tailpiece: Bigsby B50
- Pickguard: Oxblood Plexi with Cream Gretsch Logo and TigerBat Graphic
- Bridge Pickup: Black Top Filter'Tron (Bridge)
- Neck Pickup: Black Top Filter'Tron (Neck)
- Pickup Switch: 3-Position Toggle
- Switching: Position 1: Bridge Pickup, Position 2: Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3: Neck Pickup
- Controls: Volume 1 (Neck Pickup), Volume 2 (Bridge Pickup), Master Volume, Master Tone
- Control Knobs: G-Arrow
- Hardware Colour: Chrome
- Strings: Nickel Plated Steel .010 - .046 Gauges