Gretsch reveals model lineup for 2021, including a 1989 Sparkle Jet reissue

A number of new Electromatic and Streamliner models also join the Sparkle Jet.

Gretsch has announced a host of new models for 2021 – including new entries into its Vintage Select Edition, Players Edition, Limited Edition, Electromatic and Streamliner ranges of guitars.

Vintage Select

The Vintage Select range sees the revival of two guitars from 1989: the G6129T-89VS ’89 Sparkle Jet and the G6128T-89VS ’89 Duo Jet. Both feature period-correct chambered mahogany construction, as well as maple set necks topped with 12-inch radius rosewood fingerboards, and Bigsby vibratos.

Gretsch Jet '89
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Electronics-wise, both have TV Jones TV Classic Plus in the bridge and TV Jones TV Classic in the neck, for classic, open Filter’Tron sounds. These are controlled by a master volume with treble bleed circuit, master tone, individual pickup volume controls and three-way pickup toggle switch.

Gretsch says this classic late-80s design “rocked the forefront of the Pacific Northwest grunge movement that overtook the music world in the early 1990s” – a nod to the model’s close association with Soundgarden legend Chris Cornell, whose Gold Sparkle Jet featured heavily in the Black Hole Sun video.

The G6129T-89VS Vintage Select ’89 Sparkle Jet comes in Gold Sparkle or Silver Sparkle, and lists for $2,599.99 / £2,759 / €3,069. The G6128T-89VS Vintage Select ’89 Duo Jet comes in Black, and lists for $2,599.99 / £2,759 / €3,069. Both will be available in March 2021.

Players Edition Jet

The 2021 Gretsch lineup also includes G6228TG-PE Players Edition Jet, which comes with gold hardware and a Bigsby tailpiece. Its construction consists of a chambered mahogany body with a maple top, and it’s loaded with Gretsch Broad’Tron BT65 pickups.

The 6228TG-PE Players Edition Jet comes in either Cadillac Green, Midnight Sapphire or Walnut Stain, all with a with black pickguard. It lists for $2,599 / £2,429 / €2,699 and is available starting March 2021.

Limited Editions

For 2021 Gretsch has introduced three limited-edition models, including:

  • The G6136T Limited Edition Falcon, a large hollow body built with 1959 trestle bracing and finished in Two-Tone Copper/Sahara Metallic finish. Its loaded with two TV Jones® Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity pickups for extra punchy tone, with each having its own volume control. There’s also a no-load master tone to keep the brightness in your sound when you want to play full-throttle. It also features a Bigsby tailpiece. It lists for $3,599.99 / £2,429 / €2,699 and is available February 2021.
  • The G6134T Limited Edition Penguin Koa, coming in a natural finish, showing off a figured koa top and headstock. An even more premium look is lent to it by the tortoiseshell pickguard and body and neck bindings, as well as the gold hardware. The two Filter’Trons, in this case, are a pair of TV Jones TV Classics for the ’50s rock-and-roll-style snarl. It lists for 3,299.99 / £3,349 / €3,719 and is available April 2021.
  • The G6119TG-62RW-LTD Limited Edition ‘62 Rosewood Tenny, finished in gloss urethane and constructed with a rosewood top, back and sides for extra resonance. Electronics-wise, it’s packed with a pair of TV Jones TV Classic pickups. It lists for $2,599.99 / £2,779 / €3,089 and is available March 2021.

Electromatic

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Gretsch’s Electromatic Collection also sees an update for 2021. New models include:

  • The G5410T Limited Edition Electromatic, a band new single-cut fully-hollow electric with a Bigsby or a V stoptail, available in either Two-Tone Fiesta Red or Vintage White. Electronics are a set of Filter’Trons, while other appointments include oversized bound F holes and a smaller late-’50s G6120 bound headstock. It lists for $899.99 / £979 / €1,089 and is available March 2021.
  • The G5622 Electromatic Center Block with a V-Stoptail, coming finished in either Aged Walnut, Black Gold or Bristol Fog. The guitar’s double-cutaway maple body comes with a with chambered spruce centre block for a blend of airy hollowness and feedback mitigation. It lists for $699.99 / £729 / €799 and is available February 2021.
  • The G5622T Electromatic Center Block Double-Cut with Bigsby, coming in either Single Barrel Burst or Speyside. It features similar specs to the G5622, however with a Bigsby vibrato rather than a V-stoptail. It lists for $799.99 / £759 / €849 and is available February 2021.

Streamliner

A variety of new Streamliner guitars arrive in 2021, all based around the Center Block and Center Block Jr. models. They include:

  • The G2622T-P90 Streamliner Center Block and G2622-P90 Streamliner Center Block. Both feature a 16-inch chambered mahogany body with a chambered spruce centre block, enlarged F-holes, Fideli’Sonic P90 pickups, neck and bridge pickup volume controls, master tone control, master volume control, three-way pickup toggle switching, and a 12-inch-radius laurel fingerboard. The G2622T-P90 variety sports a B70 Bigsby vibrato, and comes finished in either Brownstone, Forge Glow or Gunmetal, listing for $599.99 / £609 / €669. The G2622-P90 comes in either Claret Burst or Havana Burst with a V-stoptail, and lists for $499.99 / £539 / €599.
  • G2655T-P90 Streamliner Centre Block Jr and G2655-P90 Streamliner Centre Block Jr. Both come with a 14-inch chambered mahogany body with a chambered spruce centre block, enlarged F-holes, Fideli’Sonic P90 pickups, neck and bridge pickup volume controls, master tone control, master volume control, three-way pickup toggle switching and a 12-inch-radius laurel fingerboard. The G2655T-P90 comes finished in either Two-Tone Midnight Sapphire and Vintage Mahogany Stain, Two-Tone Mint Metallic and Vintage Mahogany Stain or Two-Tone Sahara Metallic and Vintage Mahogany Stain, and comes with a B50 Bigsby Vibrato, listing for $599.99 / £609 / €669. The G2655-P90 meanwhile comes in either Brownstone or Claret Burst, and with a V-stoptail, listing for $499.99 / £539 / €599.
  • The G2410TG Hollow Body Single-Cut comes with a maple body and loaded with Broad’Tron BT-2S pickups. These are voiced for high-output, updating the guitar’s classic stylings to a more modern style. It’s finished in either Ocean Turquoise, Single Barrel Stain and Village Amber, and lists for $599.99 / £609 / €669.

All of the new Streamliner models are available in February 2021.

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