NAMM 2020: Gretsch has expanded its Electromatic range, introducing a number of new guitars in both hardtail and Bigsby-fitted configurations. Notably, a new baritone joins the fold, as well as hollow and semi-hollow options.
The full list of additions is as follows:
- G5260T Electromatic Jet Baritone with Bigsby,
- G5260 Electromatic Jet Baritone with V-Stoptail,
- G5222 Electromatic Double Jet BT with V-Stoptail,
- G5410T Electromatic “Rat Rod” Hollow Body Single-Cut with Bigbsy
- G5655T Electromatic Center Block Jr. Single-Cut with Bigsby
The G5260T and G5260 baritone Jets are each loaded with two Gretsch mini humbucking pickups, voiced to retain clarity at the lower tunings baritones are perfect for. These are shaped by a three-position toggle switch and master volume and tone controls. The 29.75-inch scale-length allows for lower tunings without loss of string tension. The 22-fret maple neck sports a comfortable 12-inch radius fingerboard.
The G5260 comes in either Dark Cherry Metallic or Jade Grey Metallic with a silver pickguard, or in London Grey with a black pickguard. The G5260T, meanwhile, is available in classic Black with a silver pickguard or in Airline Silver with a black pickguard. The hardtail baritone is fitted with a V-Stoptail, while the G5260T is loaded with Bigsby tremolo. Both guitars are fitted with an anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge.
The G5222 Double Jet is an all-new guitar, and sports a V-Stoptail and a chambered, double-cut mahogany body with a maple top. Gretsch says this body’s resonance “produces a rich, present mid-range that accentuates big lows and shimmering highs.”
Electronics-wise, the G5222 is loaded with two Black Top Broad’Tron pickups, with an articulate yet powerful output. These are controlled by individual volume controls, as well as a master tone control. The guitar’s 22-fret, set neck has a laurel fretboard with a 12-inch radius. It comes in either Aged Natural, Jade Grey Metallic, London Grey or Walnut Stain finishes, all with a black pickguard and chrome hardware.
The all-new G5410T “Rat Rod” hollowbody is a dual Filter’Tron-loaded, fully hollow guitar. Its body is a thin 2.25 inches, and sports oversized bound F-holes. It also features a secured Adjusto-Matic bridge and a Bigsby B60 vibrato tailpiece.
The G5410T comes in three different matte finishes: matte black with a red pickguard, matte Phantom Metallic with black pickguard or matte Vintage White with a black pickguard.
For those who want some hollow-twang introduced into their gretsch without the fear of feedback at high volume, the G5655T is a new single-cut semi-hollow. Its chambered spruce centre block allows for a balance of dynamic resonance and high gain power. and lightweight comfort. Its set, 22-fret maple neck sports a 12-inch radius laurel fingerboard with medium jumbo frets.
The G5655T is loaded with Dual Black Top Broad’Tron humbucking pickups, controlled by individual volume controls, alongside a master tone and volume controls. A treble bleed circuit allows for extra tonal flexibility.
The guitar comes in either Casino Gold, Dark Cherry Metallic or Jade Grey Metallic with a silver pickguard and nickel hardware.
For more information, check out gretschguitars.com. Click here to see more photos from the Gretsch booth at NAMM 2020.