Gretsch guitars have a long and storied history. They been in the hands of such diverse artists as George Harrison, Bo Diddley, Chet Atkins, Charlie Watts,Bono, Brian Setzer, Duane Eddy, Pete Townshend, Mike Nesmith and Billy Zoom (to name a few, in no particular order).
Gretsch has recently launched their new Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet guitar with all the style and distinction you expect from Gretsch at a very affordable price. ($499 at the time of this review).
The Electromatic G5435 is also very versatile and readers of this blog know I’m a huge fan of versatility (why limit yourself?). “Chime-like” is an adjective often used to describe the G5435, and it’s not far off. The bridge pickup can deliver a convincing twang or “spank” reminiscent of a Fender Telecaster. The neck pickup is warm, but still clear enough to avoid becoming “muddy.” Over all, it’s a well balanced guitar suitable for a multitude of styles.
The Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet
The Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet is a chambered basswood bodied guitar with an arched maple top that resonates true to “That Great Gretsch Sound.”
The Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet is available is 3 styles:
- Rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and “hump block” inlays
- Three-position pickup toggle switch
- anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and stop tailpiece
- “G” arrow knobs
- white pearloid Gretsch-logo pickguard
- threaded/knurled strap buttons
- Body Back: Basswood-Chambered
- Body Top: Arched Laminated Maple
- Body Binding: Bound Top Neck
The Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet has a 12″ fingerboard radius, Maple neck and Rosewood fingerboard.
- Bridge Pickup: Black Top Filter’Tron
- Neck Pickup: Filter’Tron “Black Top”
The Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet features a 3 position pickup toggle for selecting between: bridge pickup, bridge and neck pickups or neck pickup. In addition, there are the standard Volume (Neck/Bridge), master volume and master tone controls.
With an MSRP of $700.00, you should be able to pick one up new for less than $500. (Amazon is selling them for $490 at the time of this review)