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A distinctive bass with a familiar look and dual mini humbucker pickups.

The Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar has appointments capable of filling a room with massive subsonic tones. "That Great Gretsch Sound" rings true, with features including short scale (30.3"), two Gretsch mini dual-coil pickups, rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets, four-saddle bridge, black Gretsch-logo pickguard, synthetic bone nut and die-cast tuners.

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FEATURES
Jet body shape
Basswood body back
Basswood body top
20 medium jumbo frets
Dot position inlays
12" radius (305 mm) fingerboard
Rosewood fretboard
Maple neck material
30.3" (77 cm) scale length
Jet style headstock
Standard truss rod
Gretsch mini humbucking bridge pickup
Gretsch mini humbucking neck pickup
Master volume, master tone controls
Chrome hardware
Standard 4-saddle bridge
Enclosed die-cast tuning machines
Synthetic bone string nut
NPS, gauges .045-.105 strings
"G" arrow knobs

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Gretsch GuitarsG2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (4)
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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Bass for Guitar Players!

By Rudy Foolish

from Glenwood Springs, CO

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

I am in a 3-piece rock & blues band that has been on a 3-year search for a bass player. When the last bass player we added didn't work out, I bit the bullet & purchased this Gretsch bass, deciding to end our search & just switch from rhythm guitar to bass. The price made it a not-so-serious commitment & the short scale intrigued me as a guitar player. I also knew the Gretsch brand as well-respected & iconic in the rockabilly scene, & absolutely loved the sunburnt finish on this thing. When I first took it out of the box, it had the feel of a guitar & I still find myself bending out blues riffs on the strings like I used to play on the guitar. This bass has been instrumental in our success as a 3-piece: I was immediately comfortable with it, it has never felt awkward in my hands; the short scale makes it easier for my guitar-player hands to transition during those long, finger-stretching bass lines; and it is simply a fun little bass to play. I seriously do not think I would have picked up the concept of the bass as fast had I purchased another. Like another reviewer said, this bass will surprise the heck out of you. I was even humbled at a recent concert when the bass player for the band we were opening for said, "Man, where did you get that bass? I've never seen anything like that!"

That said, I would love to give this bass 5 stars, but alas the ridiculously low price for this Gretsch-brand product does reveal a few cut corners. There is slight fret buzz sometimes, which can be avoided the more you become familar with this bass. The tone knob within the first 2 weeks came unglued & just spun uselessly, so I had to unscrew the back plate & remount the knob from the inside myself using small screws. And I'm not an expert on bass pickups, but the awesome tone I get just playing this thing unplugged doesn't seem to get elevated or enriched by these pickups, no matter what position. They just kind of get the sound to the amp & that's about it.

But for those few drawbacks ... man, this is a solid little bass for a guitar player looking to make the transition. And you cannot beat the value.

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Buy on A Good 30-inch Scale Bass

By Texas Bob

from Texas

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Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

Good buy.
No frills, but everything works. Simple volume and tone controls. Good adjustable bridge and good tuners. Small bass, but the body is thick and has enough mass for good tone. 30-inch scale works well for me, as I am a guitarist by trade and play bass as a second instrument.
Excellent quality for the price. The feel and playability compare favorably to a 70's Gibson SG bass I used to have. Action was set too low from factory, a little too much buzz. Easy fix with good adjustable bridge saddles, and intonation screws work well. Strings were OK but flatwounds have made this bass sing. Unplugged, I can actually hear every note acoustically in a quiet room!
Great value at this price.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No Doubt Just Patience!

By Franko-NM

from Albuquerque, NM

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

    The first one I received had a few issues. Fret buzzing which is sometimes normal with a low set up. The one issue I noticed was the nut appeared to be cut too low on the G string so no matter what adjustments that could done you were going to get buzzing. The second was the pickup switch had too much noise and would even just cut out totally on the neck pick up unless the switch lever was moved around. It also clicked every time the lever was moved to a new position. With mass produced guitars this can happen with any brand. I am glad I did not doubt the quality that the Gretsch production line could produce. Tiffany made sure I had another one shipped immediately and when I got it I was very pleased. The variety of sounds is awesome. The nut was cut properly and the pickup switch is quiet and smooth. All electronics work great. The action is low and the way it plays I will probably not make any adjustments. This guitar looks great, sounds great and plays just awesome. I love it.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Electro-magic

    By Al Mumit

    from GA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • SOLID

    Cons

    • OEM strings

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

      This Gretsch 2220 Junior Jet II is everything the rest of these reviews say it is. NO, it isn't going to totally blow you away... but it's gonna surprise you. Great for guitarists, great for smaller hands. Using just a small Zoom B2 effects box, this thing more than suits the home studio. (You'll want to change the strings.) Wish my Les Paul had volume knobs that felt this good. Might buy another in case Gretsch discontinues it...

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar

      By Marti Law

      from Ozarks

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      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

      My fingers got a little rocked playing. Definately need to order some Fender strings for it.
      I started with the Gretsch Junior Jet I and for X-mas this year stepped up to the G2220. What an incredible leap I made with this bass. I used it for practice last night with "The Kattie Laney Band"and my playing improved tremendously.This bass has incredible tone. The wood makes the sound very solid and beefy. For a short scale bass I am getting a large scale tone. The neck is incredibly smooth and makes it very easy for me to move up and down on it. I will be keeping my eyes and ears open for the Junior Jet III. bring it on.
      I would highly recommend this bass guitar. It is a little heavier than the Junior Jet I, but for the sound coming out, I will put up with the weight difference. Thanx for such a great product.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Bass

      By JSTJEAN

      from Greenwood, DE

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      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

      I really like this bass and it is fun to play.
      The pickups are well balanced and do a very good job of covering the spectrum of high and low notes.
      Workmanship andd setup were very impressive right out of the box. The bass is a little heavy due to the density of the wood but the sustain makes up for the extra weight. Buy yourself a good soft leather strap and you will good to go. There is no neck dive and the bass is comfortable to hold whether you stand or sit.
      Very good value for the quality of build.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Product

      By RLHJ

      from Pittsburg, KS

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

      If you have small hands like me this is the best bass to get. It's super easy and fun to play. I get complimented on the sound of the bass all the time. It looks great, sounds great and plays like a dream. There is a small amount of fret buzz but not enough to sour the tone.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      New Bassist Loving This Guitar!

      By Brave Cowboy

      from Up North, near Hayward WI

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Great Looking Style
      • Well Made

      Cons

      • Pick Guard Not Needed and Visually Distracting

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues
      • Transition From Lead Guitar

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

      This seems to me a high quality instrument and a great value for the price. As a lead guitar player the shorter scale length makes the transition very comfortable. I have an old Yamaha 115 watt bass amp and I am getting all the tone and rumble I seem to want. I am having a lot of fun playing this bass and in my opinion I've already got my money's worth! My only critique is get rid of the pick guard - it's not needed and distracts from the great unique visual style of this bass; especially on the sunburst. I removed it because I like the look better, but then you are left with the screw holes. After 3 tries I finally found a case that fits: The Epiphone EAKCS Allen Woody fits perfectly! Gretsch does not make a hard case for this size so don't bother with that.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect for Casual Bassists

      By Mista G

      from Streamwood, IL

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

        First off, this bass was priced way under retail because of its "Level 2 Used" condition. This must have been a mistake, because I received a brand new instrument with plastic protective stickers and all.

        I would strongly recommend this short-scale bass to any guitarist looking to add some low end to recordings. You're really not going to find more bang for your buck. The pickups aren't top-of-the-line, but they are remarkably quiet (no unwanted noise, which is ideal for recording), and the split position produces a distinct, punchy bass tone.

        It will definitely need a quick action & intonation adjustment straight out of the box, but I had it playing beautifully after a mere 10-minute setup. It might be a cheap Gretsch, but a Gretsch nonetheless!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for Guitar Players

        By Mark B

        from Washington DC

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

          I purchased to play bass on songs I am writing and recording. I can give my band's bass player the general idea of what I want. Full size basses are too hard for me to play and I don't want to invest the time developing that skill. This is a solid, well-made, simple bass with good tone that is perfect for plugging into a DAW and then using software to shape the tone.

          It stays in tune, required just a little time setting up; it's simplicity on construction makes that easy.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hard to believe

          By Luke Merrill

          from North Idaho

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

          I still can't believe the tone and quality for this price. I bought this for my son who outgrew his Ibanez Mikro but is still too small for a full-scale bass. It's been a few weeks now, and every time we play, I'm still blown away by the tone that comes out of this instrument. The quality is superb. Beautiful bass. At this price, you cannot beat this deal.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very impressive!

          By Bil

          from Malden, MA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

            I received this guitar today and I have to say I am really impressed with it. I chose the short scale because these fingers just don't stretch like they used to. Some say there are compromises with the short scale in tone but I have to say I didn't notice any. Out of the box it plays really well, great action, great tone, superb fit and finish and will totally suit my needs playing 250 - 300 seat clubs. Cant say enough about this bass guitar!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Easy to play and sounds great

            By Thomas

            from undisclosed

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            Comments about G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

            I normally play guitar but I wanted to add the base to a small group that I perform with. I was drawn to the short scale, other reviews and the price. I'm very pleased with my purchase. It sounds great and is a comfortable reach for the fretting hand. Fellow band mates like it too and one is considering buying one. I recommend it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fun, great value

            By Thomas

            from undisclosed

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

              I was looking for a short scale bass and after reading the reviews, I decided on this. I'm a novice at bass so I can't comment on the tone, but I like the feel. It's easy to play and sounds good. I'm looking forward to using this in a small group. I'm trying to find a case. I saw a comment about the Epiphone Allen Woody case fitting perfectly but it isn't available anywhere. It is on back order and the delivery date keeps getting further into the future. Any ideas?

               
              5.0

              Best of the bunch!

              By Apache

              from Virginia

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play

              Cons

              • I should have bought two of these.

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues
              • This bass can handle the venue.

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

              I have 9 bass guitars: 3 G&L, 2 Fenders, 3 Ibanez and this G2220. I love everything about it, and I have been playing bass for fifty years. I have ditched Rics, Gibsons, and Guilds, but this one is a keeper!

               
              5.0

              For the price you really can't beat it.

              By E E

              from Statesville, NC

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

                Aside from one of the tuning pegs being a little loose I am pleased with my purchase.

                 
                5.0

                Great Bass

                By Luke

                from Michigan

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

                  I bought this bass and loved it, like a fool I left it at the venue I was playing and it was stolen. I would recommend this bass for any level of player and I will have another as soon as I can.

                   
                  4.0

                  I joined the Jet set

                  By Stormy

                  from earth

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Very good sound and quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

                    Short scales basses are a special niche in the G clef world. I like this bass a lot, relatively inexpensive, fun to play, very good sound. The neck may be a bit too wide for some little fingers that hang out in the shortie crowd, but I can deal with it.

                     
                    4.0

                    Like a dream come true

                    By Tim

                    from Vienna, West Virginia

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar:

                      This bass is perfect for anyone with small hands such as myself...its much lighter than a standard bass...has great tone..stays in tune and looks awesome...I use it in my studio and and through a small practice amp, just to noodle and get inspiration...I am greatly satisfied as I am with all my Gretsch guitars and would highly recommend it...

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