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More twang and less hum for fewer bucks.

The Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby B50 tailpiece takes on a new identity and voice with hump-block fretboard inlays and "Black Top" Filter'Tron Pickups. The two-tone body color scheme (black or gold top with walnut stained back and sides), fabricated with an arched maple top chambered basswood body resonates true to "That Great Gretsch Sound". Classic appointments such as the Adjustomatic Bridge, threaded knurled strap buttons, "G" Arrow Knobs and Gretsch logo on pickguard are proudly featured.

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FEATURES
  • Body Shape: Jet
  • Body Style: Chambered Single-Cutaway
  • Body: Basswood, Gloss Urethane Finish, Arched Maple Top
  • Pickguard: White Pearloid w/ Gretsch Logo
  • Body Binding: 1-Ply White
  • Neck: Maple, Gloss Urethane Finish
  • Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid Hump-Block Inlays
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Finger Board Radius: 12" Radius (305 mm)
  • Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
  • Scale Length: 24.6" (62.5 cm)
  • Pickups: "Black Top" Filter'Tron Bridge Pickup
  • "Black Top" Filter'Tron Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge
  • and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master
  • Volume, Master Tone
  • Bridge: Anchored Adjusto-Matic Bridge
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Enclosed Vintage Style
  • Knobs: "G" Arrow Knobs
  • Strings: D'Addario XL110 Regular Light, NPS (.010-.046 Gauges)
  • Unique Features: Two-Tone Body Color Scheme, "Black Top" Filter'Tron

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Gretsch GuitarsG5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar
 
4.7

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Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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5.0

G5435T Pro Jet w/Bigsby - Great Guitar!

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from Hendersonville TN

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar:

    The G5435T plays fine and set up is great right out of the sealed Gretsch carton. The fret work is very
    good. The pickups have a cool and unique sound. I was glad to get one untouched by in store hands.
    The overall quality, form fit and finish is outstanding for the price.
    I have more expensive guitars but enjoy playing the G5435T just as much.

    Side note: Added a .001uf "bleeder" capacitor to the master volume so the volume output remains
    consistent throughout the control sweep eliminating the bassy muffle sound at lower volume setting.
    I will tweak the Bigsby a bit when I change strings by lubing the nut and bridge saddle with a bit of
    light oil. That and setting in new strings so not to bind on contact surfaces. I have a "wedge"
    method for installing new strings on the pins to keep each in place while winding the new string.

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    4.0

    GREAT VALUE

    By 

    from New Jersey

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Excellent Value
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Bigsby hdw scratches palm

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar:

      This is my first electric guitar and I found the value was great. It has so much to offer and get acquainted with on a guitar. One problem for me is that the Bigsby mounted hardware has a sharp edge to it and irritates my palm, just inside the thumb.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I WISH I'D GOTTEN THIS THE FIRST TIME

      By 

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar:

            I bought this model a couple years ago WITHOUT the Bigsby, a very fine guitar in its own right, completely comfortable, easy to play, easy to get a good sound, and much admired by my jam partners.

            But I've been wanting to learn how to play a bit of Rockabilly style guitar--gotta have that whammy bar.

            Changing the strings on a Bigsby equipped guitar is challenging--it wants four hands. Buddy system required.

            Great guitar right out of the box. I'm an amateur player for 45 years, basement jammer, living room picker. Couldn't be happier with this guitar. Fine instrument and can NOT beat the price.

            I'm twanging out Summertime Blues and loving it!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Diggin' my Pro Jet!!

            By 

            from ABQ, NM

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar:

              I ordered this guitar from MF but it was backordered for weeks so I decided to purchase one from a music store in Texas. The owner set it up for me prior to shipping. It is a brand new 2011 gold Pro Jet. It's been sitting in his store for a few years and was perfect when I received it.
              This guitar is solid--nice tone, nice hardware, and looks amazing. The weight is perfect, not too heavy, not too light. The sound is, well, it's Gretsch. Not a single coil sound, not a humbucker sound (although they are mini humbuckers) but something altogether different. I love it. No matter what you play--rock, blues, jazz, you will love this axe. I did replace the tuners with locking tuners (Gotoh). I use 9.5s and have no problem whatsoever with the Bigsby. I don't dive bomb so it is perfect for me. I have had it about a month and it's all I play. Now I am going to save up for a 2K Gretsch!

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good for the price

              By 

              from Poughkeepsie NY

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar:

                I purchased this guitar as a substitute / replacement for 2 other different manufacturers models that I was not pleased with do to quality issues. I have been playing it for aproximately 2 weeks now and for the most part am happy, however there are 2 quality issues that should be noted. #1 there is a minor "dime sized" blemish on the very top edge of the headstock and #2 the 6th string (pickup??) is dull sounding and not as bright as the other bass strings.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A lot more than I expected...

                By 

                from Baltimore

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                Pros

                • Funky Looking
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Well Appointed

                Cons

                • Bad Tuners And Nut
                • Hastily Assembled
                • Odd Controls

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar:

                When I first layed my eyes on this twang-machine, the Les Paul-like qualities of it made it seem like it should have a bit of low-end growl to it. The first time I plugged it in, however, I realized that this puppy is a Gretsch to the bone.

                First the bad because frankly there is not much of it:

                - I had a real problem with loose knobs and switches (like falling off while I was playing). Easily fixed, though, so no big deal.
                - The Bigsby is just plain unusable because of the tuners and the nut. I lubricated the nut, which helped a little, but you can only do so much with bad tuners. The strange part is that if you don't use it (the trem), it stays in perfect tune forever. I'll check back after I replace them.
                - The controls are just... bizarre. After playing this guitar for several months, I still find myself turning knobs trying to figure out exactly what they do. Some do a lot. Some seem to do nothing at all, or very little.

                That being said though, what a great guitar!:
                - Right out of the box it played pretty close to perfectly. The neck is thick, but it plays very fast and with no buzz (I use 10's on this guitar).
                - The work on the glued-in neck is wonderful, especially for a guitar at this price-point (I don't know about that MSRP though).
                - The body seems like it's going to be heavy when you look at it(that Les Paul thing again), but the routed-out basswood body keeps the weight down. It's still not light, but it won't break your back.
                - It's got loads of the Gretsch kitsch aesthetic. This is one funky axe!

                Unplugged, it's very loud, a great guitar to practice with. Good sustain. The pick-ups seem to be ok, although I'll probably upgrade them as soon as I get up the gumption.

                The tone is somewhat mid-rangy and clean, and perfect for twangy rockabilly and electric country. A real pleasure to play, although you'll need a strap to sit down with it.

                Great guitar for Rockabilly, Punk, alt, really anything but metal (and even then it does ok, just doesn't look the part).

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love at First Sight!!

                By 

                from Northcentral Ohio

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar:

                  My second guitar...and I should have bought this one as my first back when............

                  So much more comfortable then the 335. And I love the looks of it. I like the Bigsby as it adds a nice touch to the looks, so I choose the Bigsby equipped model.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Guitar for its price

                  By 

                  from Hong Kong China

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easily Modified
                  • Fine Price
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Look
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Good Weight
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • Harder To String
                  • No Strap Locks
                  • Not As Efficient Whammy

                  Best Uses

                  • Modifying
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar:

                  This was my second guitar to a standard strat and to be honest I never intended to love this guitar as much as the strat. When I first got it I immediately loved the Blacktop Filter'Tron humbuckers Gretch offered us. (though soon I changed them) This guitar of course doesn't sound like a real high end Gretch but it's getting closer and closer. Now I use this guitar as a recording and practice guitar, but for all those guitarist who wants a decent guitar for this price range, don't hesitate on getting your hands on the pro jet. It is worth the money you are paying. Have fun with this baby and God bless.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gorgeous instrument and it plays great

                  By 

                  from Manchester NH

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar:

                    I am a lifelong bassist and felt the need to stretch myself and get a guitar. Acoustics have crazy high action so I chose to go electric. I have a friend who has a Gretsch and I knew I couldn't go wrong with this.

                    Right out of the box it feels great. Learning on this is fun and easy. The action is perfect. The guitar is light and very playable.

                    I have to concur with a previous review, however. The controls are beyond confusing. Depending on the switch position, any two of the knobs could be volume while the others vaguely control tone. Move the switch again and you are hunting for the right combination.

                    Almost seems like a set it and forget it kind of deal. You have it set up for one style of play and that is it. My Warwick Infinity bass is so simple, not sure why a guitar a quarter of the price would need a quantum physicist with a minor in string theory to figure out the controls on it.

                    In all, though, I love it

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very Nice Guitar!!!

                    By 

                    from Gig Harbor, WA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby Electric Guitar:

                      This is a very nice guitar for a very good price. The guitar is very well made and the finish work is very, very nice. I have the gold top, and it is bueatiful!

                      The guitar plays as good as it looks - very twangy sound, good fret work, nice neck, etc.

                      I could not be happier with this guitar - Gretsch did a great job!

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