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Gretsch Electromatic Double Jet Electric Guitar With Bigsby

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Product Description

The Gretsch G5448T Electromatic Double Jet Guitar With Bigsby B50 Tailpieces takes on a NEW identity and voice with hump block fretboard inlays and black top filtertron pickups. Its two tone body color scheme fabricated with an arched maple top chambered basswood body resonates true to that Great Gretsch Sound. The G5448T Electromatic Double Jet guitar features classic appointments such as the adjustomatic bridge, threaded knurled strap buttons, "G" arrow knobs and the Gretsch logo on the pickguard are proudly presented. It is available in a black or gold top with walnut stained back & sides.

Gretsch Electromatic Double Jet Electric Guitar Features

  • Double cutaway
  • Two tone body color scheme
  • Black top filtertron pickups
  • Bigsby licensed B50 vibrato tailpiece
  • Enclosed vintage style tuning keys

Product Specifications
Gretsch Electromatic Double Jet Electric Guitar Specifications

  • Body Shape: Jet
  • Body Style: Chambered double cutaway
  • Frets: 22, medium jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid hump block inlays
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Finger Board Radius: 12 inch, 305 millimeter radius
  • Nut: Synthetic bone
  • Nut Width: 1.6875 inch, 43 millimeter
  • Scale Length: 24.6 inch, 62.5 centimeter

Pickups :
  • Black top filtertron bridge pickup
  • Black top filtertron neck pickup

Pickup Switching:

  • 3 position toggle
  • Position 1. Bridge pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and neck pickups
  • Position 3. Neck pickup

Controls:
  • Volume 1. Neck pickup
  • Volume 2. Bridge pickup
  • Master Volume
  • Master Tone

  • Bridge: Anchored adjustomatic bridge
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Enclosed vintage style
  • Knobs: "G" arrow knobs
  • Strings: D'Addario XL110 regular light, NPS (.010 - .046 gauges)

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Huge tone and stunning to look at!
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
The tone on this guitar is huge. The black top Filtertrons are absolutely amazing. I have a $2500 Malcolm Young signature model with Filtertrons and I really can't tell a difference. They sound incredible clean and very raunchy when the gain is turned up a bit. Played a gig this past weekend and played everything from the clean tone on Purple Rain and Wicked Game to scorching blues and rock leads. This guitar cut right through the mix and was a dream to play.
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
All the switches and pots are perfect. Volume rolls off really well, no sudden drops. Pickup switch is solid and the Bigsby stays in tune once the strings have been stretched a bit. I stretched all the strings, retuned and repeated the night before the gig. No tuning issues at all and intonation was spot on. Strap buttons are the great Gretsch screw on type, the strap is never going anywhere and they look great.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Love the feel of this neck, has a bit of heft to it and you can really dig in with it. Mine has a beautiful finish to it, you can really see and appreciate the wood grain. It's absolutely stunning and I received a lot of compliments on it. The fret wires are all polished perfectly and there are none that don't seat into the fretboard perfectly. No frets sticking out on the neck at all. Tuners hold tune very well once your strings have been stretched a bit.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The tone is incredible, nothing like some of the older Electromatics I've had in the past. Some of those had dull sounding pickups. These suckers sound amazing. Again, I can't hear much difference from my super expensive Malcolm Young model. Gretsch has really stepped up their game with this line. Plays and sounds better than my American Telecaster, it has a special tone; clear and strong. There is no muddiness to these pickups at all, each note sings through in chords and the guitar has amazing sustain when playing leads. Played some old Neil Young and the tone was beautiful with saturated tubes. The guitar even sounds nice when played unplugged, very lively and you can feel it resonate against your chest.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
I picked the gold top version and I'm very glad I did. I already have a black and white Les Paul so even though the black and white version looked beautiful I wanted some variation in my collection. I had an older silver sparkle Gretsch double cut and I loved the way it looked, wasn't a fan of the tone of those pickups though. The pictures I could find of this guitar don't really do it justice. It has a nice, deep, sparkle finish that just looks classy and absolutely shines under the lights of a stage. The finish is very deep and has a 3D effect at the right angle. Everything about this guitar is superior to the past models under the Electromatic range. I had a Cadillac Green Elliott Easton Jet that had a pretty nice finish on it but this paint job blows it away. The guitar just screams class and makes you want to play it every time you walk by. My Les Paul, Telecaster, Stratocaster, Taylor are all collecting dust since I bought this guitar.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I was leery to buy another Electromatic after some of the guitars I'd had from them in the past. After reading reviews and understanding the money back guarantee from AMS I decided to give it a go. I'm glad I did. I don't think you can find another guitar with this much tone, this much mojo, feel, finish or playability in this range or even costing much more. The black tops are amazing, as good as the "real" Filtertrons in the $2500 guitars Gretsch offers. Would love a case but at under $600 that wouldn't make any sense without them having to cut corners on the guitar. I'd rather have an amazing sounding, playing guitar and find a case down the road.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
Action was great right out of the box. I tuned it, stretched the strings, tuned it, stretched the strings again and then checked the intonation. Spot on. Action is low, no buzzing anywhere on the neck. I've given the Bigsby a workout, especially with the Neil Young stuff, and it holds tune perfectly. Strings "pinged" a bit when I first brought it up to tune but once I had stretched the stings and put a bit of graphite in the nut slots that issue disappeared. The guitar had to go through some pretty nasty temperature changes coming from NJ to GA and brutal temperatures at 30,000 feet in a cargo hold (I had it overnighted via air). No issues whatsoever once the guitar acclimated to my house temp. Guitar feels like it plays itself, no neck dive at all and right hand feels great with fingers resting on the pick guard.
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