Gretsch announces 14 new guitar models including new Brian Setzer and Nick 13 signatures

The lineup also includes parlour acoustics and some upgraded Gretsch classics.

Gretsch has announced 14 new guitar models, including two parlour acoustics, upgrades to several Gretsch classics and new artist signature models for Nick 13, Brian Setzer and Michael Guy Chislett.

G6128T Players Edition Jet DS with Bigsby

Gretsch 6128T
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This single-cut guitar sports a neat gloss finish over a mahogany body with a maple top. There is, of course, a Bigsby for some wobble, and notably, there are two Dynasonic single-coil pickups. These are known for their bright, vintage sound with lots of definition. The neck joint is also new, with a deeper bout on the back of the cutaway for easy access to all 24 frets, while the neck is also set lower in the body for a slimmer feel.

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Lists at £2,139/€2,429

G5230T Electromatic Jet FT Single-Cut with Bigsby

Gretsch G5230T
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This new Electromatic Jet FT sticks to the 65-year old formula when it comes to the general approach. The newly-designed chambered mahogany body is loaded with two Black Top Filter’Trons, and comes with a lower set neck for easier high-fret access like its Players Edition counterpart. Other upgrades include a bound headstock, vintage-styled purfling and closed-back die-cast tuning machines.

Lists for £569/€649

G2655TG-P90 Limited Edition Streamliner Center Block Jr. with Bigsby and Gold Hardware

Gretsch 2655TG
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This semi-hollow comes with a striking black-and-gold aesthetic, down to the Bigsby tailpiece and potentiometer knobs. Despite being semi-hollow, it’s got a smaller body than you might expect, and kicks out a variety of tones thanks to a combination of a soapbar P90 and a Broad’Tron humbucker in the neck and bridge respectively.

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Lists for £579/€659

G6136T-MGC Michael Guy Chislett Signature Falcon with Bigsby

Gretsch Michael Guy Signature
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A signature model for founding guitarist and producer for celebrated Christian rock band Hillsong UNITED, the G6136T-MGC comes in a bright white finish that should be familiar to fans of the Gretsch White Falcon. The fully hollow body build features a highly resonant solid Sitka spruce top, vintage 1959-style trestle bracing and laminated maple back and sides, leading to, as Gretsch puts it, “that classic big-body sound with incredible projection and rich, balanced tone.” Helping that tone project are two TV Jones TV Classic Filter’Trons, finished in gold along with the rest of the guitar’s hardware.

Lists for £3,519/€4,019

G6136T-RR Rich Robinson Signature Falcon with Bigsby

Gretsch Rich Robinson 6136
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this signature Falcon-style guitar comes in collaboration with Black Crowes founding member Rich Robinson. Its construction features a 3-ply maple body with solid spruce top and 1959-style trestle bracing with a spruce block under the bridge, and oversized F-holes for explosive sonic projection and maximum feedback control. The body is loaded with a TV Jones Classic humbucker in the bridge, and a Broad’Tron BT65 in the neck for a range of punchy tones on tap.

Lists for £3,519/€4,019

G5230T Nick 13 Signature Electromatic Tiger Jet with Bigsby

Gretsch G5230 Tigerjet
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Nick 13 of rock trio Tiger Army draws musical influence from classic rock ‘n‘ roll and country as much as he does ‘70s punk, and so this signature guitar comes with a host of features that strike a balance between spiky distortion and more traditional sparkle. In terms of pickups, there are two Black Top Filter’Trons loaded into a chambered mahogany body. Like the other new Jets for 2020, there’s a lower-set neck joint for easier access to all 22 frets.

Lists for £609/€699

G5220 Electromatic Jet BT Single-Cut with V-Stoptail

Gretsch G5220
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Aside from the angular bridge, this guitar comes with the notable addition of two Broad’Tron pickups. These have, according to Gretsch, enough output to push your tone into “thick, aggressive overdrive while maintaining astounding definition and note balance suitable for the most pristine clean tone.”

Lists for £449/€559

G9500 Limited Edition Jim Dandy

Gretsch Jim Dandy
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This parlour acoustic guitar is faithful to the Gretsch “Rex” parlour guitars of the
1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, with a non-cutaway basswood body, X-bracing and a top-loaded walnut bridge. Sticking to the classic stylings, there are open-gear ‘50s style tuner heads, and an aged white pickguard with a stylish ‘G’ decal.

Lists for £195/€220

G9520E Gin Rickey Acoustic/Electric with Soundhole Pickup

Gretsch G9520 Gin Rickey
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With similar construction to the G9500, this acoustic also sports a basswood body and a C-profile neck. But, as you can see, there’s the major addition of a Deltoluxe pickup resting across the soundhole for your amplification needs.

Lists for £275/€310

G2215-P90 Streamliner Junior Jet Club

Gretsch G2215 P90
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This single cut comes with a one-piece compensated wraparound tailpiece, and a much simpler electronics layout. While many of the Jet-style guitars have individual pickup volumes, a master tone and a master volume, this guitar has just a master tone and volume controlling its Broad’Tron (bridge) and P90 (neck).

Lists for £355/€405

G5655TG Electromatic Center Block Jr. Single-Cut with Bigsby and Gold Hardware

Gretsch 5655TG 2
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This semi-hollow sports a chambered spruce centre block for extra resonance, as well as a slightly smaller body and a lower-set neck for a more ergonomic playing experience. Two Black Top Broad’Trons offer punchy humbucker tones, making the most of the resonant, open body.

Lists for £899/€1,029

G6636TSL Players Edition Silver Falcon Center Block Double-Cut With String-Thru Bigsby

Gretsch G6636
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This Double-cut Silver Falcon sports a hollow laminated maple body loaded with High Sensitive Filter’Trons for a touch-responsive vintage sound. The guitar also retains classic Silver Falcon features such as the pearloid thumbnail inlays, an anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge, and a string-through Bigsby tailpiece.

Lists for £3,249/€3,709

G6120TFM-BSNV Brian Setzer Signature Nashville with Bigsby and Flame Maple

Gretsch 6120 Brian Setzer
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The first of two new Brian Setzer Signatures for 2020, this guitar features a maple neck, a flame maple body and an ebony fretboard. Modern appointments include a compound 9.5-12-inch radius across the fretboard, as well as hotter output from Setzer’s signature set of TV Jones pickups. The volume controls for each pickup also sport dice knobs, and instead of a tone control, there’s a three-way tone selector switch.

Lists for £2,795/€3,159

G6120T-HR Brian Setzer Signature Hot Rod Hollow Body with Bigsby

Gretsch 6120 Brian Setzer
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The second new Brian Setzer signature sports a somewhat more stripped-back approach, with only a three-position pickup toggle switch and master volume control with treble bleed circuit to control the two TV Jones Brian Setzer signature Filter’Trons. Other construction points include a laminated maple body and vintage V-profiled maple neck.

Lists for £2,795/€3,159

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