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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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- 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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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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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.
Reviewed by 26 customers
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!!
I was looking for a Les Paul when I tried the Gretsch double jet. I love the sound of this guitar and the neck action is near perfect. I highly recommend this guitar. I had a Gretsch Corvette in the 60s, but the action then was poor. This guitar is great.
I was going to be another Strat, but the local shop was running low on everything, including ten gauge strings, so I picked this up. It felt great in my hands, looked cool, so I plugged it up to a Fender Deville and WOW! I've been way into single coils lately, and was amazed at how these things sounded like P-90s! It's quite a bit like a Goldtop Les Paul! The thing has it's own character though, and a good one at that. I gave this a 4.5 on features due to the pickups not being as loud as I like, but they're not weak. I just turn up a couple of notches, and it sounds heavenly! Clean, it's lovely, and distorted... Well, it takes on a whole new phase! WONDERFUL!!!
I really want to know what was going on in the heads of the people who made the bigsby. It makes replacing strings extremely hard to do. If you do plan on putting 12-56 strings on there, make sure ahead of time, that the strings will not rub on the fret bars. Or you can say goodbye to tuning, or playing it until you get it fixed.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I bought this guitar a few months ago, and the only problem I ever had with it was trying to stay in tune because of the bigsby. I took the bigsby off and replaced it with a trapeze tail piece, which actually looks like it was made for it. The tone of the guitar really came out after I made this swap, it never goes out of tune except under hard playing conditions and the pickups just sound amazing for any type of music. The only other suggestion I'd make would be to put some nicer pots in the guitar and then you'll really hear the pickups in their true form.
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!