Explore The New Features For Gretsch 2022
Published on 23 February 2022
Gretsch has revamped their line-up for 2022. So join us as we dive through the retro world of these newly refined instruments.
If you had to make a guitar out of vintage American car parts it would probably look like a Gretsch. Though packed full of retro charm, these guitars are not as old fashioned as you might first think. Yes, they ooze with the slick looks they were given in their hay day, but underneath they are kitted out to meet the demands of the 21st-century player.
Gretsch G5420T Electromatic Classic Single-Cut
First up is the big daddy of all electric guitars, the hollow body. The Electromatic Classic G5420T has received several refinements. One of the more obvious is the new finishes now available to the model. An Azure Blue and Airline Silver elegantly sport a metallic shimmer. If we were to sum up a Gretsch guitar in a slogan, it would go something like "look good, sound good".
The updated Trestle Block Bracing is another upgraded feature shared across all of the newly released 2022 semi/hollowbody range. Bracing might not be the coolest thing to talk about when it comes to guitars, but it does make a significant difference. The idea behind the new bracing is to create a stronger connection between the top and back of the body; the result is a snappier attack as well as a reduction in feedback.
Gretsch G5422TG Electromatic Classic Double-Cut
Another instantly recognisable Gretsch, the GS422TG Electromatic, is the slimmer bodied, double-cutaway sibling to the G5420T. The second new feature that both of the aforementioned models have is the rounder Classic C profile neck. This popular profile replaces the slimmer U necks on previous models. The fingerboard has retained its 12" radius but is now constructed from the more sustainably sourced Laurel opposed to Rosewood.
The Filtertron pickups within the freshly rejuvenated lineup have also been tweaked, so expect some tonal differences between the new and old range. The new pickups, the FT-5E FilterTrons, will still deliver the classic tones you would expect from a Gretsch but with a slightly different sonic character.
Gretsch G5422G-12 Electromatic Classic Double-Cut 12 String
If you are looking for something a little different, then the Gretsch G5422G-12 12 String might be of interest to you. Boasting the same newly revised spec, this addition will give you all the 12 string goodness you could possibly want.
Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT
Boasting a charismatic new burst finish named Bristol Fog, the Gretsch G220 Electromatic Jet brings us into the Solidbody realm in style. But again, looks are not the only new addition to this model's spec. One major tonal consideration has been taken across every single guitar in the 2022 release; the incorporation of a treble bleed to the master volume pot. So now you can set the overall output of your instrument without sacrificing any top end.
Gretsch G5260 Electromatic Jet Baritone Imperial Stain
Expand your sonic horizons with the Gretsch G5260 Electromatic Jet Baritone. Sitting comfortably between a bass and a traditional guitar, the baritone sees an extension into the lower realms of notation. Oftentimes tuned B to B, a baritone will give a familiar feeling instrument with the same intervals you are accustomed to on a normal guitar. However, not only can its extended range benefit your songs, but their unique sonic characteristic can also help to beef up recordings. This meatier flavour is a result of their heavier gauge strings and extended scale length.
Gretsch Limited Edition G6229TG Players Edition Sparkle Jet
Also on the way are some limited edition Jets from the Gretsch Players series. These guitars can't be missed, no really, you won't be able to take your eyes off them. The limited-edition Turquoise and Champagne Sparkle are simply captivating and will be sure to make an impression at every gig.
Gretsch knows how to deliver high spec guitars in style. Not only do these guitars look the part, but they also sound and feel like the high-quality instruments that Gretsch has become celebrated for creating. With a multitude of ranges that span every budget from Streamliner to Electromatic, to Players series, and further on up to a full-blown masterbuilt instrument, there is a Gretsch guitar waiting for you to try.
2022 has brought a new set of refinements to the Gretsch line, and we are excited to start seeing these instruments being tested out in store. Make sure you pay us a visit and get one of these new models in your hands.