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Gretsch Guitars G5566 Jet Double Neck Electric Guitar
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The Gretsch G5566 Jet Double Neck combines a standard guitar and a baritone guitar in one single-cutaway solid-body instrument.Features include bound...Click To Read More About This Product
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A standard guitar and a baritone guitar in one sparking package.
The Gretsch G5566 Jet Double Neck combines a standard guitar and a baritone guitar in one single-cutaway solid-body instrument.
Features include bound top, maple necks with rosewood fingerboards (24.75" guitar scale length; 29.75" baritone scale length), dual mini-humbucking pickups (baritone) and dual chrome-covered humbucking pickups (guitar), three-position pickup switch for each instrument, two-position neck selection switching, dual Adjusto-Matic bridges, silver-sparkle finish, and B60 (baritone) and B50 (guitar) Bigsby-licensed vibrato tailpieces.
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Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5566 Jet Double Neck Electric Guitar:
I'd give it a 7.
Double neck baritone + regular guitars are fairly hard to find, and if you spend time switching between these instruments it's great fun to have them combined. A few things worthy of note:Two necks. Two Bigsbys. Sparkly silver. Every time people see this guitar they react. On stage, in music stores, you name it. This guitar is an attention getter and has a great visual presence.This instrument is heavy. If you've ever picked up a Gibson Jimmy Page style doubleneck, you have some idea. This guitar is not for anyone with a weak back.Like most Gretsch "baritone" guitars, it's factory tuned as a bass VI (E to E) rather than the standard baritone B to B. I restrung it and set it up tuned B to B. It's straight forward, except you will face a challenge finding baritone strings long enough to reach from the Bigsby tailpiece to the center two strings at the top of the headstock. I just use a scrap of string from another set and tie a neat square knot about an inch above the nut (between the nut and the tuner). It's not the perfect cosmetic solution but I have yet to find a baritone string set long enough to reach without doing this.The big challenge: apparently nobody makes a case for this guitar. As in "not even the manufacturer". It's 44 inches long and 19 inches wide. It does not fit in a Gibson doubleneck case, or any other doubleneck case that I can find. Nobody makes a gig bag for it. I have talked with Gretsch about this and they had no suggestion other than "do you still have the cardboard box it came in?".
The guitar plays well and both necks are pretty comfortable. The Bigsby on the upper (baritone) neck will be in your way when you play the lower neck unless you flip the bar down behind the bridge of the lower neck. The electronics are so-so, but that is a fairly simple fix if you decide you love the instrument enough to start modifying the pickups and so on.
As for the no-case issue, I wrap mine in a blanket and just carry it into the club. People always think that's weird. Then I show them what's inside...
Is it worth buying? Yes, if you need a doubleneck with this configuration. It's a very cool and unusual instrument, and has a fun vibe. If you're looking for classic Gretsch tone, this will get you in the ballpark but you'll be in the cheap seats. You will need to invest in better pickups to really bring it up to snuff.