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Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar  Black Sparkle 

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With its TV Jones-designed dual Gretsch mini-humbuckers and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, the Electromatic Jet Baritone will peel the paint and crack the...Read More

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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.

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FEATURES
  • Alder body
  • Bolt on maple neck
  • Dual mini Gretsch humbuckers
  • Bigsby vibrato
  • Rosewood fretboard
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Gretsch GuitarsG5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar
 
3.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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33%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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).

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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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2.0

Cheap and Weak

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from charlotte, nc

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Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5265 Jet Baritone Electric Guitar:

      I really wanted this to be a cool guitar. On paper, it has everything I wanted.
      Unfortunately,this price realm doesn't get much consistancy anymore.

      Pickups were very weak and dark/dull. Had to reset my whole rig just to get the gain up and make it sparkle a little. Also, note that the whammy is "Bigsby Licensed". These don't perfrom and return to "zero" like the true Bigsby on my Gibson does. Tuners are cheap. Workmanship OK, not great. I've returned the guitar.

      The search shall continue.

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      (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      More great experiences with the 5265

      By 

      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!

      Comment on this review

      (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Update to My Previous Review...

      By 

      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 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Gretsch Jet Baritone - one of a kind

      By 

      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).

      Comment on this review

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Interesting Guitar

      By 

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (6 of 16 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 

      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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      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love this baritone

      By 

      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 

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      classic Gretsch looks & sound

      By 

      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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