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Overview

  • Alder body
  • Bolt on maple neck
  • Dual mini Gretsch humbuckers
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  • MSRP:
    $750.00
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    - $225.01
  • Your Price:
    $52499

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A slick-looking tone machine to help you lower your musical voice.

With its TV Jones-designed dual Gretsch mini-humbuckers and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, the Electromatic Jet Baritone will peel the paint and crack the walls. Bolt-on maple neck, die-cast tuning machines, Adjusto-Matic bridge, 3-way pickup selector, and master volume and tone controls.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Alder body
  • Bolt on maple neck
  • Dual mini Gretsch humbuckers
  • Bigsby vibrato
  • Rosewood fretboard

You can see the stars in its finish. Order your own Gretsch G5265 Jet Baritone today!

 
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Gretsch GuitarsG5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gretsch Jet Baritone - one of a kind

I think this is a good price for something so hard to find right now.

Unlike all the other death-metal targeted baritones available, this guys gruff, twangy rumble reflects its rockabilly...Read complete review

I think this is a good price for something so hard to find right now.

Unlike all the other death-metal targeted baritones available, this guys gruff, twangy rumble reflects its rockabilly appearance, which was just what I had been looking for.

Its made in China, and feels a bit like that in the fretwork, hardware, and light weight, but its sound is full and mean.

I had read that it came set up as a bass, therefore requiring a new nut to run baritone strings, so I was pretty happy when mine showed up as a baritone, already tuned to B (ish). I guess Gretsch got the message.

I decided to negate the rhythm only position of the non-adjustable neck pickup by spring-loading it with two longer screws, then backing it out to the same height as the bridge pickup, which gave me a strong, deep, bluesy option.

The Bigsby is attractive and nice, and I look forward to using it effectively, but unfortunately, that will require a bridge replacement. It came with a fixed bridge instead of the much-needed, tremolo friendly roller bridge, as pictured. As the tremolo is activated, the bridge actually rocks a bit forward and back on its body mounts, making it difficult to keep in tune, and promises frequent string failure. It has been said that the strings touching the back of the bridge make it impossible to keep it in tune. They do touch, but this is actually not an issue at all and cant effect the tuning in any way, but it could be a problem with the roller bridge.

I like this guitar and Id say buy one if youre looking for a unique, gruff, humbucker rockabilly baritone with a tremolo (plus a little work).

VS

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Stay Away

I ordered this instrument in December of last year. I had to return it twice because the first one did not produce a sound and the second instrument was clearly a B-Stock quality and...Read complete review

I ordered this instrument in December of last year. I had to return it twice because the first one did not produce a sound and the second instrument was clearly a B-Stock quality and the strap buttons were completely ripped out. The one that I received after that worked like a charm for about two months, since then it has been a nightmare. The action is unplayable,the bridge is useless for intonation, and have discovered the body is actually plywood.

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4.0

More great experiences with the 5265

By oldFartBassplayer Walt

from Robbinsville, NJ

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Range Of Notes
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Bigsby Tailpiece For Bass

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

Short story:
I'm not using this as a 'baritone guitar', but as
a bass guitar, with occasional leads. I'm having
decent results in a folk-rock group.

The long story is:

The situation is I am the bass player in a
lightweight folkrock band- acoustic rhythm,
3 voices, light percussion and bass. We lead
praise and worship rallies, getting folk to
sing. Sometimes a lead riff intro or solo
would work well, so I did it on bass, with
just OK results.

Enter the G5265. Strung with D'Addrio XL156
24-84's, it uses the E-E tuning, so the bottom
4 strings are identical to a bass. So I can
now play normal bass parts, but take a riff on
the upper two strings, which cover the middle
registers of a normal guitar.

My impressions? I get a decent bottom for the
bass notes. In a singalong context, thats fine,
but maybe not in concert. Because the strings
are not as thick as normal bass, I don't get
the 'fightback' I'm used to, to be as expressive
as I can be on my J-Bass.

The pickups are very reactive, and there is
enough room to use my fingertips, so with
practice I can probably get even more expressive
in my playing.

The upper registers are not as expressive as a
normal electric guitar either, because of the
thicker, wound strings used. (perhaps I'll
experiment with lighter gauge for the B and E
strings). But again, they get the job done. I
I may also consider a dual amp setup.

The guitar itself (used, but in perfect
condition) had NO issues. It was set up
fine, no buzzes. A minor
issue with staying in tune long term, maybe
because of new strings. 2 pickups, x 3
settings gives a LOT of variation of tones.

I don't use the Bigby sway bar, so its parked
away. I wish there was an easy way to lock it,
because I suspect tuning one string varies the
spring tension on all the others. And putting
new strings on IS A MAJOR PAIN in the butt.

All in all, (if you want to put in some work
adjusting your playing), when used as a
bass/with leads, the Gretsch does a pretty good
job. I wouldn't use it in a rock band setting*,
but as support to an acoustic rhythm guitar, it
gets the job done.

*although The Cure does!

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(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Update to My Previous Review...

By SilkyHotLIcks

from Sacramento

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
  • Requires More Physicality

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Teaching Music

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar in December of 2012. I've now had enough time to practice, gig and record with it and while I like the sound of the pickups I can no longer recommend this instrument for the following reasons,

1.) The tuners feel cheap and are very course.

2.) The volume and tone control knobs are also cheap and are very course. There is a pronounced roll off very soon into the taper of the controls.

3.) The bridge woobles back and forward when the tremolo used.

4.) The body is make out of pressed particle board and it has very little resonance. I accidentally dinged the finish and it flaked off to reveal the wood underneath.

With all of that being said, the neck, fingerboard and the pickups perform well.

For me this guitar is now relegated to practicing and other non critical uses.

This guitar is over-priced and should be at least 1/3 off the current price.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Gretsch Jet Baritone - one of a kind

By John Branum

from Pacific Northwest

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

I think this is a good price for something so hard to find right now.

Unlike all the other death-metal targeted baritones available, this guys gruff, twangy rumble reflects its rockabilly appearance, which was just what I had been looking for.

Its made in China, and feels a bit like that in the fretwork, hardware, and light weight, but its sound is full and mean.

I had read that it came set up as a bass, therefore requiring a new nut to run baritone strings, so I was pretty happy when mine showed up as a baritone, already tuned to B (ish). I guess Gretsch got the message.

I decided to negate the rhythm only position of the non-adjustable neck pickup by spring-loading it with two longer screws, then backing it out to the same height as the bridge pickup, which gave me a strong, deep, bluesy option.

The Bigsby is attractive and nice, and I look forward to using it effectively, but unfortunately, that will require a bridge replacement. It came with a fixed bridge instead of the much-needed, tremolo friendly roller bridge, as pictured. As the tremolo is activated, the bridge actually rocks a bit forward and back on its body mounts, making it difficult to keep in tune, and promises frequent string failure. It has been said that the strings touching the back of the bridge make it impossible to keep it in tune. They do touch, but this is actually not an issue at all and cant effect the tuning in any way, but it could be a problem with the roller bridge.

I like this guitar and Id say buy one if youre looking for a unique, gruff, humbucker rockabilly baritone with a tremolo (plus a little work).

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(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Interesting Guitar

By SilkyHotLIcks

from Sacramento

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

This is a very simple guitar with a very unique tone. I described it as an applachian twang with attutide and some soul. It lacks the clarity of a strat and the warmth of a les paul but if you take the time to play some of your songs and listen I'm sure you will find that there is a nice place for it.

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(3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

TERRIBLE

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

There's not much out there for Baritone guitars, but I'd skip over this guitar.
Strings resting against the back of the bridge = tuning impossible. Whoever designed this guitar should have their fingers chopped off. Bigsby on a baritone ok, but when the string angle is so great that it rests against the back of the bridge answer me this? How is this supposed to stay in tune?

DUH!!!!!

Mine did not come with a roller bridge as pictured. But a standard TOM bridge and since the strings rest on the back of the bridge, tuning and intonation is impossible. The inserts are actually rocking out of the body when the Bigsby is used. Awesome design and manufacturing Gretsch. Very impressed. NOT!!!!!
The guitar itself is decent, no major finish flaws and whatnot.

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(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Unique

By Spencecube

from Charleston, SC.

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

It comes with Bass strings, very long scale nearly 30". The Bigsby tail Wow! It's good for the occasional sweet, subtile vibrato and stays in tune quite well. For what I paid for, this is a very well made instrument. Some of the hardware sucks, but I just replaced it and saved some money. The alder body is soft but tight sounding, the strap hardware has already come loose. I was a bit disappointed that it had no arched top and that the pickups were too basic to taste. It sounds UNBELIEVABLE not hooked up, I had to buy a full range amp for a flat response. You can actually play an E (low E minor) and it will sound decent (no kidding). tight, uniform, and glassy like sustain. THIS IS THE MOST UNIQUE BARITONE EVER.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this baritone

By Sid-Q4p4x

from Southwestern Ontario Canada

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

I was looking for a baritone tuned E to E because you can play bass or restring for a baritone B to B. I was originally looking for a fender Jaquar V1. But they are all discontinued. The original vintage used guitars are very expensive to buy. I settled for this. It comes in handy when jamming and you don,t have a bass player handy. Very nice maple neck and the bigsby tail piece is a definite plus. Looks great also. (Nice finish)

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Stay Away

By Jake

from ATX

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

I ordered this instrument in December of last year. I had to return it twice because the first one did not produce a sound and the second instrument was clearly a B-Stock quality and the strap buttons were completely ripped out. The one that I received after that worked like a charm for about two months, since then it has been a nightmare. The action is unplayable,the bridge is useless for intonation, and have discovered the body is actually plywood.

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

classic Gretsch looks & sound

By dronemaedwe

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

It's a bit disappointing to open the box and find what is essentially a six-string bass; that is, a guitar tuned one octave lower. So CAVEAT: you'll need to order bari strings and replace the nut (I had to) in order to tune it up a 5th or 4th below standard guitar tuning. That said, it looks fantastic and sounds lush & dreamy, with great low end (obviously) and an almost chorusy vibe to the tone.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Shipped as a Bass, now its a Baritone

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

Got the 5265 Baritone a month or so ago. Came shipped with wound bass strings on it tuned E-E. It sounded pretty cool that and I thought about leaving it as a "guitar players bass" but I really wanted a baritone. I swapped out the strings for some 13-56 guitar strings that barely fit the scale length, tuned it to B-B and WOW!. This thing is a blast to play. Capo to the 5th fret and play it like a guitar and it's got a rich woody sound, play it open and its deep and growly. I play it through my Behringer BXL450 bass amp mostly. The aluminum cone speaker keeps the highs clean and crisp and the lows just roll right out. Because of the string change I am in the process of putting a new nut on it for the smaller strings and I swapped the stock Grover tuners for Grover locking tuners to help with the short-ish strings. It's so much fun that my guitar teacher is thinking of getting one after we played some harmony duets the other day. I may get another one (even after the price increase) to leave as a bass for when I want to play a bass part.It's a simple guitar, so it doesn't need many features, although having a Bigsby on a bass or baritone is definitely a plus and I may put on a Wilkinson roller bridge to help that at some point. The build quality is o.k., the ground wire to the bridge was just poked in the hole and didn't really contact it (fixed that) and the finish is roughly sprayed into the control cavities (fixed that) but it pretty solid and the fit and finish on the exterior are great. Neck is slick and fast with well finished frets and even though it is just shy of 30" short scale bass length, the reach up the neck isn't bad at all due to the layout of the guitar.It's not a perfect guitar or baritone or bass, but its pretty good and not expensive for what you get. basically; it is what it is, but you can make it what you want to a certain extent. I sing baritone, so having the ability to play lower is a plus for me. You don't have to make all the changes, other than strings, that I have made for it to be a good guitar, but you can if you want.I am a Gretsch fan anyway, this was my second Gretsch, and since then I've traded for a Gretsch Corvette so thats where I'm coming from.

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