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Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet Electric Guitar

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The single cutaway Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet Electric Guitar recalls the glory days of the early '60s. Back then, Gretsch guitars set the ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Vintage look, vintage Gretsch sound, and a sweet price.

The single cutaway Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Pro Jet Electric Guitar recalls the glory days of the early '60s. Back then, Gretsch guitars set the standard for rock, rockabilly, and country guitar. It has a semi-hollow body, arched maple top, mahogany back, set mahogany neck, and a rosewood fretboard. The pickups are Gretsch mini dual-coils, with volume, tone, and 3-way selector. It also features an Adjusto-Matic bridge with G-cutout tailpiece, chromeplated hardware, and a gloss urethane finish. Very cool.

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FEATURES
Electromatic Series single cutaway, semi-hollowbody
Arched laminated maple top
Mahogany back
Set mahogany neck
Rosewood fretboard
22 frets
1-11/16" nut width
Adjusto-Matic bridge
Adjusto-Matic bridge with G-cutout tailpiece
Chromeplated hardware
Gloss urethane finish
Chrome vintage-style machine heads

A guitar for rockers who appreciate the past. Order today and enjoy great Gretsch sound.

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4.6

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Good deal but lacking in tone

This is a great guitar for the money, but if you are really searching for "that great Gretsch sound," you probably won't find it here. The guitar sounds good, but...Read complete review

This is a great guitar for the money, but if you are really searching for "that great Gretsch sound," you probably won't find it here. The guitar sounds good, but simply not great. The low end and the neck pickup are muddy and lack Gretsch's signature clarity. Even after a lot of careful amp and pedal adjustments, the tone is still lacking. The guitar sounds good enough for an entry level guitar, but I think those more serious about their tone (and those looking for that Gretsch bite and string texture sound) will be disappointed. This guitar may the look the part of an affordable Duo Jet or Power Jet, but the sound isn't there.As some internet research will show, a lot people have had similar problems and many have replaced the pickups. The slots for the pickups are not the most standard and while there are good pickups to be put, some can take work and may require a professional installation.Other than the pickups, this is a great guitar. The finish and curved top give the guitar a great look (especially in black) and the neck and action make the guitar very playable. The construction is good, although the input jack comes loose (also apparently a common problem) and the knobs are not perfectly flush with the body. Overall, I would say this is a good guitar at a good price, but it doesn't really embody what makes Gretsch guitars great: the tone.

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A big let down

I had my eyes on this guitar for a couple years. I loved the way it looked and I heard that it had a great tone. So when I finally bought this thing,...Read complete review

I had my eyes on this guitar for a couple years. I loved the way it looked and I heard that it had a great tone. So when I finally bought this thing, let's just say I was let down. From a distance this thing is beautiful, but the minute I got up close I could start to notice flaws. There were glue marks all over the place, the knobs were falling off, it just seemed like it was slopped together. On top of that, there was some pretty bad fret buzz in a couple places. As much as I wanted to love this thing, I had to send it back. Sure the tone is great and it's beautiful from across the room, but at the end of the day I want a quality instrument. Save yourself the headache and get a les paul like everybody else. Atleast you know you'll be getting a guitar that has been put together properly.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good deal but lacking in tone

By John

from Minneapolis, MN

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This is a great guitar for the money, but if you are really searching for "that great Gretsch sound," you probably won't find it here. The guitar sounds good, but simply not great. The low end and the neck pickup are muddy and lack Gretsch's signature clarity. Even after a lot of careful amp and pedal adjustments, the tone is still lacking. The guitar sounds good enough for an entry level guitar, but I think those more serious about their tone (and those looking for that Gretsch bite and string texture sound) will be disappointed. This guitar may the look the part of an affordable Duo Jet or Power Jet, but the sound isn't there.As some internet research will show, a lot people have had similar problems and many have replaced the pickups. The slots for the pickups are not the most standard and while there are good pickups to be put, some can take work and may require a professional installation.Other than the pickups, this is a great guitar. The finish and curved top give the guitar a great look (especially in black) and the neck and action make the guitar very playable. The construction is good, although the input jack comes loose (also apparently a common problem) and the knobs are not perfectly flush with the body. Overall, I would say this is a good guitar at a good price, but it doesn't really embody what makes Gretsch guitars great: the tone.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love my Black Gretsch Pro jet!

By Mister Garry

from Rives, TN

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I sing and play guitar in two rural churches and one nursing home. I have been playing acoustics until recently, but this Gretsch has changed all that. This is the only guitar I practice with now and starting last Sunday the main one I will play at church.For the price, you are getting far more than you pay for. The black Pro Jet is very classy looking. I especially like the chrome tailpiece. Some have complain about the tuners, but to me these hold their pitch better than have come on other electrics I've own. Playability is great; this is the most playable guitar I have ever owned; acoustic or electric.The pickups and the bridge had to be adjusted a little which came as no surprise. The pickups were muddy as the Mississippi at first, but are actually getting better over time as the guitar gets broken in more. May replace them in the future, but I will wait a year to see how they are then.I've played this through two amps; a Roland Cube Street and a Fender Superchamp XD. It sounds good through the Roland but great through the Fender. I believe that a really good Fender amp would bring a lot out of this guitar.Only downside: hard to find a good affordable case for it and the Gretsch case sold here is way too expensive.God Bless.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Deal Ever

By kbcarroll

from Nashville, TN

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I play mostly blues with some classic rock thrown in. This guitar is extremely versatile. I'm told it sounds like a mix between a humbucker guitar and a fender/single coil--which is what I was looking for.I had been wanting a Gretsch jet since I saw David Gilmour playing one on a live DVD. When I discovered I could get a "cheap chinese model" that looked very similar to his vintage duo jet, I got one. I was expecting a borderline junk guitar that I'd have to slowly upgrade over time. That was not the case. For the price, this is the best playing, best looking, and best sounding guitar I've ever come across. Don't even tune it with the factory-installed strings. Replace them immediately. Mine didn't even need a setup (extremely rare). I get more complements on this guitar than my 72' thinline tele.My only complaint is the pickups are a tad bit lifeless. Tuners are a bit unstable, but nothing serious. But still, for the money, wow! Best money you can spend on a new guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cure for the Goldtop GAS

By The Bossier the Better

from SoCal Baby

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I was fortunate enough to pick up this Pro Jet on craigslist for a fraction of the cost, with the Gretsch case... I own 6 gibson les pauls- Studio's, Deluxe, Standard, Robot, was gassing for a goldtop, but just don't have three g's at the moment to drop on a reissue.At first I thought, bummer, made in China- i had one bad experience with a Chinese made guitar...What the heck, I got it at such a deal, I can mod this guitar to kingdom come.No need to; first the finish was unbelievable,the walnut backside, the goldtop, the fretboard, was clean clean clean, even the binding on body and fretboard was perfect- I could honestly say it looked and was finished better than my gibson studio's; and less chunky than an Epi goldtop; the mini-humbuckers (if that's what they are) are not as aggressive obviously as anything on a gibson les paul, but they sound great on both my AC15 and twin reverb;Long story short, great value, definitely a keeper for me, and even though i got it cheap, yes I would pay full price for this if I had to buy it again. I don't think i got lucky, I'm thinking overseas quality control is getting better. And get the Gretsch case- it's top notch.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pro Jet = Terrific Idea

By Strat Guy

from Winchester, VA

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Pros

  • COOL Looks
  • Great-sounding Pickups
  • Smooth Playability
  • Unbeatable Bargain

Cons

  • Thin And Brittle Finish
  • Unreliable Strap Buttons

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    Add my name to the list of people who think that the Pro Jet is one of Gretsch's ideas ever. Yes, it's made in China. Get over that - almost everything is, and the quality of their products is better than it's ever been. I have this model in black, with the Gretsch mini-humbuckers. Some Gretsch fanatics hate those pickups, since they do not sound exactly like Filtertrons. Of course they don't; they're not Filtertrons. But they have a tone that's 100% Gretsch and they are well balanced across the EQ spectrum. They have tons of character and through my Vox AC15 they sound very nice. The fit and finish of this instrument is near perfect, and the playability is very nice. I've owned three Gibson Les Pauls in the past (the guitar that this Pro Jet is apparently patterned after, sort of...) and the playability is at least as good as two of these, and better than the third one. And the tone - I've found even the best standard-sized humbuckers to be a bit generic sounding to my ears. Not bad, just generic. These mini-humbuckers have character that normal humbuckers do not. Think of it as being somewhere between a humbucker and a telecaster single-coil. Those are the pros. The cons: I'm having trouble keeping it in tune while using the Bigsby-licensed tremolo. I have not tried different brands of strings, so that may fix it. The poly finish seems very thin and almost brittle. The jack plate is plastic - not a problem, but it should be noted. Also, the strap buttons, which are cool and unique, are not trustworthy. I put a leather strap on it and it fell off in 5 minutes. I caught the guitar, but my next step was to install Schaller strap locks. Everything else about this guitar is absolutely awesome especially for the low price. The best part is that nobody will know you're not playing a two grand instrument. It's that cool.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gretsch Pro Jet (black)

    By GLENN

    from CHILLICOTHE, MO

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    I was very skeptic at my new MIC Gretsch G5235 hardtail. I really looked it over closely and found that this model is not too bad at all. For the money, it is quite a find. It set up perfect and plays like a dream. Pickups are not all that bad either. With a certain amount of care this gem will last a person a long time. I enjoy the med/jumbo frets over the MIJ narrow (vintage)frets. Also like the bound body, neck and headstock. Everything is near perfect so I'm happy with my purchase.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    a tech's perspective

    By voice of experience

    from midwest

    Wonderful neck profile and decent to great fret work. Excellent quality construction & finish.The best "platform" guitar that I've seen since FMIC discontinued the Korean Guild/DeArmond line. These are even nicer.A SUPERB VALUE.My qualifications? player w/45+ years experience. Pro player for the past 35 years. Pro guitar tech for 25+ years. I?ve worked on just about everything out there and this is a GREAT value instrument. SUPERIOR to USA Gibsons by a mile. Kudos.

     
    5.0

    Wahoo for sound!

    By Skank

    from South Utah County

    Okay, so this guitar sounds awesome. I play it through a Vox Valve amp and it almost sounds like I am playing the real deal Jet! It makes me happy all over. The sound it awesome, and feel of the guitar could not be better. Two things I have against this guitar: Uno being it fell apart with in a matter of months (I do not know if it is just the quality of the guitar, just that guitar, or how hard or how often I play, but whatever) falling apart meaning: knobs fall off, wire short, and finish flakes off. And number two being another quality issue: The frets buzz, I do not know why, I take good care of the guitar, and I have had it looked at by pros and they can not find the reason besides it is cheap.Besides those two things, it is a beautiful (I have the silver, very unique) guitar, and plays like a charm, and besides frets buzzing has a awesome sound. Honestly, the tone of this guitar is so hassle free it is amazing.I highly recommend this guitar, but I suggest you play it first and make sure ALL of the frets are nice sounding. I don't have another recommendation for a different guitar, if you want awesome Gretsch sound for a cheap price this is your guitar, unless you have the extra $ to drop for the real deal, this is your guitar!Cheers.

     
    4.0

    This guitar smokes!

    By JohnnyRingo

    from Fort Smith, AR

    Ordered this guitar as a backup. It has since become one of my favorite guitars. The pickups sound great through my JCM800. Nice and thick, but not muddy. Construction could be better (mine had a loose volume knob and the screw holding the pickguard to the metal piece disappeared after a few practices), but overall a great guitar for the money.

     
    5.0

    WOW!

    By EOE010

    from kc mo

    I know that I sound a little childish giving this guitar all fives. But trust me, it deserves it bigtime. I played this guitar while practicing with a band that I'm playing bass for (I also play guitar). It was actually the drummer's and while writing a song me and the actual guitarist played it. I thought that it was absolutly amazing, it has such a smooth clean tone, and the guitarist also loved it. At first I though that it was a different guitar that I had seen before that costs much much more! Then he told me it was only $ and I was amazed!!!! But the owner told me that it didn't sound too great distorted, but i never played it distorted so i cannot prove or disprove that. Overall, its a great guitar from what I've observed and if your looking into it, get it!!!!

     
    5.0

    Good and cheap

    By Cars and guitars 01

    from Kansas City MO

    This guitar is very similar to the Duo Jet. Both guitars start with maple bodies and have laminated maple tops. Both the Duo and the pro jet necks are almost identical in feel. The fit and finish on this guitar is great with a set neck and a body binding (two features not usually seen on guitars in this price range.) Plays great clean or distorted with that vintage twang in the treble pickup. The rythym pickup however has a clean jazz sort of sound to it thats really great. It sounds great distorted too, especially with a Marshall amp.

     
    1.0

    Bad Gretsch!

    By ClaptonFanDan

    from Shingle Springs, CA

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    I love Gretsch guitars. I wanted one similar to the one the Beatles (George Harrison) had but for less money. My dad got it for me as a birthday present (my birthday is in April) and I didn't get it until September or October. First it took several months to get here, then when it did get here, it took less than a month for it to crap out on me. The toggle switch and the pickups didn't work. So we sent it back and tried to get another, it came about a month later and the day after, it also crapped out. Good thing it crapped out because I saved up to get myself an SG. I would suggest that you wait and save up to buy a Duo Jet or the Country Gentlemen.

     
    5.0

    Fantastic little instrument

    By res213ch

    from Los Angeles, CA

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    I've had mine since Christmas 2005 and it's still perfect! I've played multiple Gibsons and Fenders that cost over $1k and this little bad boy holds up to them- no lie.Many friends and fellow musicians refuse to believe how much I paid for this Gretsch.Like others have said, get a nice strap because it is quite heavy.

     
    5.0

    Get one!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This is one of the best guitars i've ever played. I tried it and fell in love, it has the les paul shape but a playable neck, top guitar.

     
    5.0

    Gretsch at half the price

    By Ciaran

    from Wicklow, Ireland

    I did the research on this guitar over the net. I looked at the reviews which were very positive. I got the guitar from Thomann, it is really beautiful gols sparkle (didn't get the bigsby). Out of the box the guitar was untunable. Disn't give up the stock strings are woeful like bailing wire.Hey presto got a set of ernie ball super slinkies, and raised the action a smigeon, with the result that it is perfect. Great sound from the mini hunbuckers from clean to the growl of the gain. Neck pup brilliant for jazzy sound.

     
    5.0

    Beautiful

    By Peter D. Singh Jr.

    from Philadelphia, PA

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    I bought this guitar on my parent's dime as a brithday gift to myself, and I must say, its the best investment I could have made with that money. This guitar has been a blessing since the day I pulled it out the box. It would be worth more than the price for appearance alone, but the sound is beyond a steal. The great gretsch sound for a reasonable price. I love this guitar. Silver sparkle

     
    5.0

    Wow!!!

    By Venancio Portalatin

    from Boca Raton, FL

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    All I can say is Wow! I've always wanted a Gretsch Duo Jet but as most people was unable to afford it. I played the Electromatic series Pro Jet at a music store and was really surprised with quality. I went right home and ordered the silver sparkle. It's a beautiful guitar that sounds & plays amazing. If you're looking for that great Gretsch tone and don't want to break your wallet then look no further.

     
    5.0

    Gretsch pro jet ROCKS

    By gjones-AAU49

    from newfoundland (Canada)

    I just got this guitar and it has FAR exceeded my expectations, for the money I don't care where you look you will not find a better guitar. Its solid, well made, sounds just beautiful and the looks "its a 10". If I had to find a flaw...well its pretty heavy, I also have a strat and its way heavier than that. The selector switch feels cheap! I've heard people say that say the tuners are crap and the guitar does not stay in tune, I do not have this problem. They seem pretty solid and so far it stays in tune just fine, I should say mine does not have the bigsby vibrato so that most likely makes a big difference. I would say if you are unsure about this guitar "don't be"It ROCKS thats it...

     
    5.0

    A Fine Guitar

    By Adoxil

    from Illinois

    I have owned this guitar for about two years. Whenever I play a gig, people ooh and ahh over the Silver Sparkle finish. Another guitar player tried to buy it off me on the spot. I refused to sell it. Other musicians have remarked on the crystal clear quality of the tone, and the guitar is easily playable. The only flaw is that the tone gets kind of sluggish if you want to play funky scratch riffs.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Gretsch Pro Jet

    By guitarman920

    from Stoneville Nc

    There is only 3 words to describe this guitar, trash,trash,trash. The fret buzz was so bad I could not play it, the pickups are terrible, and it wont stay in tune. This is a very CHEAP guitar, and its headed back to Musicians Friend on a one way ticket. Please save your money and buy a American made guitar like a Gibson Les Paul Vintage. This guitar is not worth the money. I have a Fender squire my first guitar that sounds better and stays in tune and it was half the price. This thing is junk!!!

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