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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 ...Read More

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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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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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Love my Black Gretsch Pro jet!

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...Read complete review

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.

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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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5.0

Pro Jet = Terrific Idea

By StratDude1967

from Winchester, Virginia

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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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good deal but lacking in tone

    By John

    from Minneapolis, MN

    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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love my Black Gretsch Pro jet!

    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.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Deal Ever

    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.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gretsch Pro Jet (black)

    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.

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    5.0

    Cure for the Goldtop GAS

    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.

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    5.0

    Gretsch Jet Pro

    By True Believer-AsO2D

    from Richmond, VA

    I bought this guitar from this site months and months ago. Keeping that in mind I can give an honest review based on all the use ive been able to get out of this guitar. Let me start by saying the finish, fretwork, setup; its all fantasic which was more than expected. The electronis were sub-standard. The wiring was good enough but the pickups lacked, well, everything. Its hard to find replacements, but I did eventually. Rickenbacker makes the same style pickups, i got some and not the guitar is complete. TV Jones makes most of the Gretsch guitar's pickups, so go to them too; either way. I was looking for a "Dandy Warhols" tone and now I got it. Thanks musicians friend!

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    5.0

    Truly a remarkable value

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Just bought this a month or so ago. After a good setup, it's a wonderful guitar. VERY light and resonant thanks to the extensive internal chambering (not weight-relief holes like in some LPs...but true semi-hollow chambering throughout the interior). Silver Sparkle finish is really a metallic finish, but it's very nice looking and very well done. Flawless fretwork. Truly an excellent playing and sounding guitar. The mini-hums sound like they should. Clearer and with more sparkle than typical 'buckers, but with a bit more bottom end then many single-coils. THey're relatively low output, but just crank your amp for some grit. Hard to fault this much value.

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    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.

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    5.0

    Beautiful

    By Peter D. Singh Jr.

    from Philadelphia, PA

    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

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