At Winter NAMM 2018, Gretsch announced that two new Jet models, in various versions, are joining the club: the G6228 Players Edition Jet BT and the G5520 Electromatic Jet BT. These new models are packed with new features, including thinner bodies, locking tuners and revamped Broad’Tron pickups.
G6228 Players Edition Jet BT
The stars of this new axe are the new Tim Shaw-designed Broad’Tron BT65 pickups, which Gretsch says are able to reproduce “powerful mids, extended lows […] and a clear yet smooth high end.”
A maple top—another version, the G6228FM, has a stained tiger flame maple top—sits above the guitar’s chambered mahogany body, while aged pearloid big block inlays give the instrument that classic vibe.
The G6228 comes in in Black, Cadillac Green, and Dark Cherry Metallic, and is also available as a left-handed option; it lists for $2,660. The G6228FM comes in either Bourbon Stain or Dark Cherry.
G5220 Electromatic Jet BT
The more affordable twin of the Players Edition guitar also boasts updated Broad’Tron pickups—albeit a different model, called “Black Top.” Other improvements to the instrument include upgrades to its chambered mahogany body (with a maple top) and enhanced circuitry.
The G5220 comes in Black, Dark Cherry Metallic and Casino Gold, and is also available as a left-handed model. It lists for $604.
For more information, check out gretschguitars.com.