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Item Reviews for: Gretsch Electromatic Double Jet Electric Guitar With Bigsby  -  GRE 2508040 LIST

Huge tone and stunning to look at!
By: Shawn      Submitted: 11/20/2013

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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.
Worth the money
By: Dylan Trowbridge from Meriden, Connecticut      Submitted: 7/24/2013

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By: David g mathesonntsgtusafrtddavemathesononyoytube! from Palmdale,cA.93551      Submitted: 3/8/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Best Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Adjustabletomostpleasing! Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Holding up!
Best Quality for the money
By: D.J. from Huntington Beach, California      Submitted: 10/26/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Very High for the class that it is in General Your general opinion of this product. It falls in as one of my best next to my Les Paul and my Ibanez I like better then my Fender Strat And that says alot. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? It's Bright and snappy and hot Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Great! I have the Gold top
GoldeN GretscH GoodnesS!
By: Robert Alpizar from Naples, Florida, RAlpizar82@aol.com      Submitted: 10/6/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Too soon to tell. General Your general opinion of this product. I've been eying this guitar since it was first announced. Received it today and it is as beautiful I have long imagined it would be. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? It sounds like a Gretsch! Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The finish is gorgeous!! Except on where the white binding on the neck meets the gold finish of the body. Not a deal breaker though I'm ok with imperfections!
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