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NAMM 2019 | Gretsch Electric Guitars
Fresh for NAMM 2019, Gretsch reveals its new collection of guitars aimed at a more versatile range of players than ever.
Gretsch guitars have long been a fixture of rock ‘n’ roll history. They were there when the genre was born - the likes of Bo Diddley and Eddie Cochran wielding Gretsch axes - and they helped carry The Beatles on their way to becoming the biggest band of all time. Now, in 2019, Gretsch has produced a full new range of instruments inspired by their illustrious past, but with a stack of modern enhancements to meet the needs of the 21st century player. Read on to find out how they’ve updated their legendary models with specially-designed pickups, impressive finishes, and much, much more…
Affordable, versatile, and supremely powerful. Gretsch’s 2019 Streamliner models are tailored to ensure the player is never limited in what they can do with their sound. Each model has been equipped with Broad’Tron BT-2S humbucking pickups, specially designed for the new Streamliner models.
These high-output humbuckers perform especially well at loud volumes. They make the 2019 Streamliners ideal for musicians looking to perform live with an instrument that still delivers clarity, even at the highest of volume levels. Bringing a throaty midrange alongside booming lows and crystalline highs, the Broad’Trons also provide an excellent tonal range that can be used for a wide variety of playing styles.
Aside from the new pickups, the 2019 Gretsch Streamliners also all feature thin “U”-shaped neck profiles. Meticulously crafted to maximise playability, these necks fit snugly to the contours of the guitarist’s fretting-hand. They make the Streamliners perfect for lengthy recording sessions and performances - their comfortable shape helping to eliminate hand cramp and allowing the musician to play on for longer.
These stylish instruments are professional-level workhorses made accessible by their modest price tags. A deserved first-choice for proper musicians looking for a top-quality guitar that doesn’t break the bank.
Crafted with premium laurel and maple tonewoods, these hollow body guitars add an extra level of tonal versatility to the Streamliner series’ already wide-ranging Broad’Tron BT-2S pickups. Available in a range of striking finishes, the G2420T model also comes equipped with an authentic Bigsby tailpiece for applying distinctive tremolo.
In a range of exciting new finishes, the G2622 and G2622T Streamliners bring exquisite style into guitars that provide fantastically full sound. Loaded with lightweight spruce centre blocks, these models have excellent sustain, and are ideal for lead guitarists looking to make their playing cut through a mix with more precision than ever. Available both with and without Bigsby tremolo, and in two left-handed versions.
Like the G2622, the G2655 Streamliners also come equipped with lightweight spruce centre blocks to enhance sustain. A slightly reduced body size increases playability, making these models perfect for those with smaller hands, or simply any player looking to gain greater access to the strings. Again, these models come in both fixed bridge and Bigsby tremolo editions.
In a variety of elegant finishes comes the 2019 Gretsch Electromatic series, and at the centre of this series are two new editions of the iconic Gretsch Jet. First developed 65 years ago, the Jet is a staple of the early rock ‘n’ roll sound. For NAMM 2019, Gretsch has upgraded this classic guitar with specially designed pickups for each individual model.
Both new Jet models feature chambered mahogany bodies. This construction brings iconic, naturally-resonant semi hollowbody sound into a guitar with a closed top. Thanks to this, feedback is kept to a minimum, allowing the player to really crank up the volume while the mahogany body adds a deep, rich tonal quality.
The G5655TG includes a lightweight spruce centre block for enhanced sustain, alongside powerful Broad’Tron pickups. It’s an ideal guitar for live performance thanks to its massive sound. All of the new Electromatics feature thin “U”-shaped neck profiles for superb playability and comfort, and 22 medium jumbo frets that increase playing area and make it easier to hit every note.
With unique Black Top Broad’Tron pickups, the G5220 gives the player complete tonal control. These electronics are both powerful and high quality, making them ideal for playing at loud volume levels. A single cutaway body affords complete access to the top of the fretboard, ensuring the guitarist is never restrained.
Like its sister model the G5220, the G5230T Jet features a single cutaway body shape, allowing the player to use every inch of the guitar’s fretboard without being held back. Black Top Filter’Tron pickups are designed to amplify the guitar’s naturally full resonance created by the chambered mahogany body. It’s an instrument for any guitarist searching for massive sound. And it’s great for experimentation thanks to a Bigsby tremolo.
The G5655TG shares the same Black Top Broad’Tron pickups as the G5220 Jet. A range of three glorious finishes are all completed with resplendent gold hardware, ensuring that these guitars look matchlessly elegant. Bigsby B70 tailpieces on each model allow the player to use classic tremolo sound in their music.
Designed for serious musicians. The 2019 Players Edition series features a range of premium, top-class enhancements that make this new line of instruments ideally suited to professional guitarists. From new Broad’Tron pickups designed by Fender’s chief engineer Tim Shaw, to unique and distinctive aesthetics, the Players Editions offer complete packages for modern guitarists.
Each of these models includes a deluxe hard shell case, providing maximum protection and making transportation easy and worry-free. Aged pearloid inlays add touches of vintage class, while only the most elite hardware has been used. Gotoh locking tuners ensure maximum tuning stability, while GraphTech Tusq string nuts in each instrument maintain strings for as long as possible and provide perfect intonation.
These models all feature Broad’Tron BT65 electronics, designed exclusively by renowned pickup guru Tim Shaw. They’re built with meticulous attention to detail and provide an expansive tonal range. They’re extremely versatile pickups designed for players who like to experiment with a range of tones in their music. The G6228FM also features a stunning flame maple top for an extra touch of elegance.
The new-for-2019 G6659 models are designed to provide peak playability. Single cutaway body shapes give the player unlimited access to the very top of the scale. Both feature iconic Bigsby tremolos, and their ebony fingerboards provide crisp and smooth playing actions. Finally, powerful Full’Tron pickups are made to be played loud, so there’ll be no problems when cranking up the volume.
Clear and precise tone is prioritised in the 2019 Players Edition Nashville. The "High Sensitive" Filter’Tron humbucker pickups deliver sensationally articulate sound. And they’re super-powerful too. Like the city it’s named after, the Nashville is steeped in rock ‘n’ roll. A Bigsby B7CP completes this guitar by providing industry-leading tremolo.
Designed to meet every possible need, the Gretsch 2019 Falcon blends extreme playability and wide-ranging sound. It’s loaded with the same High Sensitive Filter’Trons as the G6620T. A double cutaway body makes playing to the top of the fretboard easy, and its black finish with sparkling gold hardware is undeniably cool. A standout.
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By Jack DaviesPosted on 24 Jan 2019 12:28 to category : Instruments News
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