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Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Double Jet Electric Guitar

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The original Double Jet Electric Guitar was introduced in 1962. Today's model honors that tradition with a vintage Gretsch look and all the features ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A class act that will always be in style.

The original Double Jet Electric Guitar was introduced in 1962. Today's model honors that tradition with a vintage Gretsch look and all the features that made the original a favorite. Set neck, semi-hollow mahogany double-cutaway body with laminated arched maple top, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, and Bigsby vibrato. The Electromatic has 2 mini dual-coil pickups that dish out great Gretsch sound.

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FEATURES
  • Double cutaway semi-hollow body
  • Arched laminated maple top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • 2 - Gretsch mini dual-coil pickups
  • Master volume, master tone, 3-way pickup selector
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • 22 frets
  • Rosewood fingerboard with thumbnail markers
  • Adjusto-Matic bridge
  • Bigsby B50 vibrato tailpiece
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Vintage-style machine heads
  • Gloss urethane finish
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4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent guitar

I got this guitar a few months ago and have used it a lot. Like every single other guitar in this price range, ther are bound to be a few small problems. With...Read complete review

I got this guitar a few months ago and have used it a lot. Like every single other guitar in this price range, ther are bound to be a few small problems. With mine, the neck is a little heavy, but it is very manageable. Also, the machine heads aren't great, but, again, you can't expect *** dollar Grover tuners with a *** dollar guitar. The pickups are fine, though. This was my first electric, so I wouldn't call myself jimi hendrix, but I have played long enough to tell a good guitar when I play one. My recommendation is, buy this guitar with a small tube amp [I recommend the Crate Palomino 16 -- best value of any tube for under a grand. It can be heard on stage un-miked]. I started with a little Orange 15 solid state -- don't ever let anyone ever talk you into solid state for anything but metal. If you are into blues, early british invasion-style rock, or jazz, this is all you'll need. I can play anyhting from the Beatles' early stuff and it sounds just like it's coming out of George's Country Gent. This thing even does good reggae. I play rythym and blues leads, and this baby rocks. Buy this guitar and put *** dollars perfecting it at a shop. That's a top-of-the-line Gretsch for under *** bucks. If you play Def Leppard, then skip it, if you play Muddy WAters, Eric Clapton, Beatles, Who, Rolling Stones, and other good music, this is your guitar. If you are coming from Fender products, the day you buy this guitar will be the greatest of your life. Keep on truckin'!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

could have been better

This guitar could have been terrific, and as advertised it delivers that distinct Gretsch. I wanted very much to love this guitar. First off, it is "neck-heavy". If you are...Read complete review

This guitar could have been terrific, and as advertised it delivers that distinct Gretsch. I wanted very much to love this guitar. First off, it is "neck-heavy". If you are a guitarist you know what I mean, you strap it on and the neck drops. Second, the frets had an unfinished feel along the edge of the neck. The setup from the factory was less than perfect and the intonation was way off, of course that can be adjusted. The pick-ups sound thin and lack any substantial output. Try to find a reasonably priced case for this guitar? Forget it. You might end up spending nearly what you paid for the instrument itself. Now the up side, you can bend notes from here to tomorrow, the more the better. The Bigsby vibrato stays in tune reasonably well and is easy to use, although the arm could be better adjusted for motion and smoother swing into and out of playing position.

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5.0

WOW!!!

By synyster846

from Minnesota

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I recently bought this guitar because I had tried out a Gretsch at guitar center and really liked the way it played. I was a little nervous about what I was going to get considering this is a 500 dollar guitar. Don't be fooled it plays like it should be over 1000. I put thick strings on it (12-56) and it gives me the most amazing tone through my Marshall AVT 100 watt. This thing rivals my Gibson SG Standard (which was the best guitar I had played to date). I've played expensive Gretsch's, Gibsons, Fenders, you name it and this 500 dollar thing blows them out of the water. It gives off a really twangy sound which I love. This guitar sounds best on a rather clean setting but it definatley rocks. I havn't really tested out the bigsby much but eventually I will find a reason to use it. Note-this is not the best guitar for shredding solos but is amazing for rythem work. I would reccomend this guitar for anyone who pushes for a distinct tone. AMAZING DEAL!

 
5.0

Great

By Andrew-BbUpH

from Austin, TX

This is a great guitar. It has the best tone i have ever heard. Even better than my 68' Gibson SG.

 
4.0

Incredible!!!!

By ChaseEAD

from Indiana

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I purchased this guitar about a month ago, in that time I had a little experiment. This guitar went through a strip down. I removed both pickups and placed an old filtertron pickup I had, leaving an opening for the neck pickup. I also took away the vibrato and put a Gretsch stopbar on it. know whose guitar I'm trying to make yet? then I stripped the paint down to the original tan color. guess whose guitar this is yet? its Malcolm Young's guitar. I lacked the cash to buy a real MY signature and I have played one, and this guitar sounds just the same as it. It plays so well, and it sounds INCREDIBLE!!!! I RECOMMEND THIS GUITAR TO AND MALCOLM YOUNG FAN!!!!

 
5.0

Great value

By roundupastronaut

from Corvallis, OR

This guitar feel and plays great, although its not american made this Gretsch still whoops butt.

 
5.0

Best guitar in this price range!!!

By JoeRobbieblues

from Connecticut

I love this guitar! If you cannot afford the $2000+ Gretsch duo jet, get one of these. You get a lot of the same tone and feel, although this guitar is much more cheaply made and won't last a lifetime. Even so, the average teenage player will never know the difference. Save up your money kids, swap out the pickups and tuners for $300, and then you get something that plays and feels like the top-line Gretsch model you always dreamed of.

 
5.0

Tone and more.

By Vote!

from Albuquerque, NM

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This guitar is great for those classic blues, bluegrass, and twang sounds. You won't find a better one for the money. My favorite of my 12 guitars. The only complaint I would have is it is HEAVY! The weight distribution is so far off that it feels like the strap button is going to snap off any second. Mine is three years still going strong though!

 
5.0

wow!

By Ryan-YQ7pa

from austin, texas

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I have had this guitar for about two years now and it never stops amazing me. you can get anything from a deep heavy sound out of this guitar. Or if you prefer a light clean sound.The only problems I have had was that there were a few places where the factory apparently forgot to paint, especially around the pickups but other than that this guitar is top of the line for the money.

 
4.0

Great guitar for the money

By Sam-G3M1S

from New York

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I got this guitar about 2 months ago, and at first, i was extreemly happy. Then I was disapointed because i didnt notice that three or four random frets were not sounding, so i sent it back and was compleetly satisfied when i got it back. The reason i got this guitar was my other guitar was geared much more towards shred and heavy metal, and i loved the chunky rythem this guitar gave me. Just a few complaints here, one being how topheavy it is, it needs to be straped up very high when standing. Also, the strings must be compleetly broked in to use the bigsby, or they just go out of tune instantly. Otherwise, it is a great instrument.

 
5.0

First Model

By SR37212

from Nashville, TN

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I bought one of the first guitars. In fact it has dot fret markers and the inlay says Electromatic instead of Gretsch. I can't comment on the neck because I have always filed down the frets (even the 1957 Tennesee I owned). So for me the neck is smooth and has very low action without buzzing.The pickups aren't as strong as lets say the 1962 Duo Jet, but it matches my strats volume. Which making the switch from one to the other much easier.

 
4.0

What a beauty, but it lacks

By Aaron-pWfAj

from Atlanta, GA

Wow. What a beauty. It's such a pleasure to play this guitar. You know you can spot a Gretsch from a mile away. The set up was pretty aweful when it arrived. But, it's easy to fix that and now I can't put down the guitar. It's pretty easy to play and it's fast. There are some flaws in the finish but nothing you can notice really. Oh, yeah, this baby is heavy as a rock! Maybe I'm just too used to my Epi Dot and got weak.It sounds beautiful and the sustain lasts even after you unplug the guitar!! It's crunchy and angry which I like. Having said that, it sounds a lot weaker and muddier than I expected. Maybe it's the pickups... I've read some other reviews saying the pickups are weak and alot of folks replace them. So the sound didn't really blow me away like I thought it would and like other reviewers say. I have an Epi Dot and even though they make totally different kinds of sound, I feel like my Dot has a better quality sound. I haven't played with my Gretsch for too long so maybe it is too early to determine that and mind you, Epi Dot is a fabulous guitar. All in all, I love the guitar. I have no regret purchasing this baby, especially, I bought it off ebay at half the price!

 
5.0

Wow

By Kris1128

from Berkley, MI

I expected to change pickups on this guitar since my other gretsch (hollowbody) sounds terrible even with light distortion, but this thing sounds great right out of the box! It is very light compared to my les paul and strats. The bigsby is a very nice addition. The workmanship is incredible and it's a pleasure to play!

 
5.0

Perfect

By Z?

from STL

Well Iv had mine for about a year now and it never stops amazing me. I can squeez any tone I want out of it. The quality is amazing it beats out fenders quality by alot the only porblem here is that my pick-up switch is a little lose but no worries. For this price you are getting a guitar that I feel is Gibson level (for there standards not the ones you need a second mortgage to buy). The only real problem I have with it is that its hevey but its a samll price to pay.

 
5.0

Excellent guitar

By yo mama

from the ATL

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I got this guitar a few months ago and have used it a lot. Like every single other guitar in this price range, ther are bound to be a few small problems. With mine, the neck is a little heavy, but it is very manageable. Also, the machine heads aren't great, but, again, you can't expect *** dollar Grover tuners with a *** dollar guitar. The pickups are fine, though. This was my first electric, so I wouldn't call myself jimi hendrix, but I have played long enough to tell a good guitar when I play one. My recommendation is, buy this guitar with a small tube amp [I recommend the Crate Palomino 16 -- best value of any tube for under a grand. It can be heard on stage un-miked]. I started with a little Orange 15 solid state -- don't ever let anyone ever talk you into solid state for anything but metal. If you are into blues, early british invasion-style rock, or jazz, this is all you'll need. I can play anyhting from the Beatles' early stuff and it sounds just like it's coming out of George's Country Gent. This thing even does good reggae. I play rythym and blues leads, and this baby rocks. Buy this guitar and put *** dollars perfecting it at a shop. That's a top-of-the-line Gretsch for under *** bucks. If you play Def Leppard, then skip it, if you play Muddy WAters, Eric Clapton, Beatles, Who, Rolling Stones, and other good music, this is your guitar. If you are coming from Fender products, the day you buy this guitar will be the greatest of your life. Keep on truckin'!

 
5.0

Great

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Picked a silver one up about a month ago and have loved it. Jack White inspired me to look into a Gretsch and I'm glad I did. The double jet is a good value the sound and looks are great for me. Will definitely be looking at Gretsch again when it's time to get another electric.

 
5.0

Double your pleasure

By 6 strings burnin-XIFu4

from Kankakee, IL

Ah, that great Gretsch sound. Nothin else like it. Built for speed better than anything in its price range. Gretsch without Bigsby is like peanut without butter. I run mine through a '65 Super Reverb with a TS-9 and Line 6 delay modeler. Perfect for Sleepwalkin. Silver sparkle looks great under pro lights.

 
5.0

Gretsch Electromatic Double Jet

By Kevin Allen

from Alabama

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My girlfriend got me this Gretsch for Christmas 2006 because I wanted one. It took about an entire day to finally get everything adjust to my perfection and where it would note out perfect when playing. The Bigsby is FUN to play with. The tone is GREAT. The body is perfected, all the edges are smooth and a great finish. You MUST change the strings when you get it or it will not note out and adjust out properly. I normally only play Fender, but this adds a GREAT instrument with a different tone to go along with my Fender guitars. AWESOME guitar.

 
4.0

Looks good, but .....

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this guitar for a great looks. However, quality of the guitar is another story. Action was rediculously low, every string was buzzing. Pickup doesn't sound good at all. I have a G&L Legacy and ESP Ltd. EC-1000, compare to their sound, this guitar is very dissapointing. It just doesn't sound dynamic. It has very narrow frequency range. No character. I will try to replace the dull sounding pickup to TV Jones Classic. I still love the look of this guitar in Gold Sparkle.

 
5.0

Great Sound/Unique LOOK

By Wildmann

from Titusville Fl./ Kennedy Space Center

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I Own/Have Owned ALL the Classic AXES. I am a former Musical Instrument Shop Primarily Guitars] owner. This Ax has a Different sound. I played the Gretsch Rock Jet, single cutaway, LP style in the '70's, I don't remember being really impressed then-- But, I am Now. The Chinese version is pretty good. Tuning problems, I think are due to the strings. I have stretched 'em good, and installed a WD Music Roller bridge, and that seems to solve the problem. The factory bridge saddles will BIND the windings on the wound strings-D thru E- Perhaps a filing to eliminate/Widen the sharp edge,would have solved this, but I have roller bridges on all my Bigsby equipped axes[Vintage'70 335, '66 Casino, Epi P-93,Ibanez JTK 40, and now, the Gretsch Double Jet. After I CHANGE the Strings, I HOPE that it will be even Better than it is Now. I have a lot 'o Amps, but I play primarily thru my GNX4s-- There is quite a difference between my Epi Lp Studio and Wilshire and Gibson 335 HBs and the Mini "Filtertron" [HBs] on the Gretsch at the same settings. I Really Like my Gretsch an' I've got 18 guitars, Soooo---Try one out!!

 
5.0

Sweetness

By Rock Man 5000

from A Pub In Southern Island

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I have played this through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and it sounds great. It has everything a great guitar needs, great looks, plays great, sounds great, and has a vibrato bar. It has a good crunch to it, and it really reminds me of a Les Paul in a lot of ways. I don't own it but will soon enough.

 
4.0

Good but not Great

By Fan of Jay Farrar & Neil Young

from Yakima, WA

Let's talk about the good stuff first. This guitar sounds great and it looks cool. It has a good feel. For those of you who have complained about the weight- good guitars have some weight from better materials and it helps with the sound. For those of you who think that the Bigsby makes your strings go out of tune too quickly- stretch your strings out with a bunch of bends. This will fix the problem with new strings. Now for the bad news. . . The finish was not perfect (or even good- let's just call it fair)and the poor neck had the truss rod too tight when they shipped it. I took all of the tension off of it and it is straight. If you do not have the cash to buy that expensive Gretsch you wanted, but still want a fair guitar that can give you some nice sound and comfy neck, get this guitar. One last thing. It is tough to get a perfect case for this guitar. The guitar is too long for normal guitar cases. Go to your local guitar store and bring your guitar. My guitar fit in a dobro case.

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