Summer NAMM 2019: Gretsch launches limited edition Electromatic and Streamliner guitars
Gretsch has revealed three new limited edition guitars from its affordable Electromatic and Streamliner ranges at Summer NAMM 2019 in Nashville.
As the name suggests, the G5420TG Limited Edition Electromatic ’50s Hollow Body Single-Cut with Bigsby pays tribute to the iconic Gretsch big-bodied guitars of the 1950s an early 50s enlarged headstock, hump block inlays, tortie pickguard and natty gold hardware.
The archtop’s maple construction is as you’d expect with sound-post bracing and oversized F-holes, while the neck is the equally classic combination of maple with a rosewood board. Pickups come in the shape of Gretsch’s trusty Black Top Filter’Trons.
The G5422TG Limited Edition Electromatic Hollow Body Double-Cut with Bigsby® and Gold Hardware is thinner than its 50s sibling, with fully hollow construction, with the same maple and rosewood construction, with a 22-fret board with Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays.
The finish is perhaps this guitar’s most striking feature, with a lush Midnight Sapphire finish, aged white binding, multi-ply purfling and a gold pickguard and hardware.
The most affordable of the limited editions comes from Gretsch’s entry-level Streamliner range, the G2622TG-P90 Streamliner Center Block P90 with Bigsby and Gold Hardware. Designed for higher gain applications than most Gretsches.
Key to this is the presence of two P-90 pickups in place of the Filter’Tron and Broad’Tron pickups usually seen in Gretsch Electromatic and Streamliner models. The soapbar P-90 pickups are designed to work with the guitar’s centre-block to offer a more transparent tone than a humbucker.
More info at gretschguitars.com. And for the latest Summer NAMM news, click here.
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