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Manufacturer's ID: 271-4031-552
What we say:
The first thing you’ll notice is that big bar of gold next to the soundhole. Yes, Gretsch have whapped a big ol’ Fideli’Tron electric guitar pickup onto the face of this Rancher acoustic! We were very intrigued to say the least when this guitar was first delivered!
So, before we get ahead of ourselves, let us check out what we have here. The G5031FT is a Dreadnought with a solid Spruce top and a host of nice Gretsch details like thumbnail inlays, gold hardware, a ton of binding and a most distinctive triangular soundhole! The Sunburst finish is gorgeous too, a great contrast with the Gold hardware.
The fit and finish is excellent: quality control is obviously high and this guitar plays very agreeably. Sonically, the Spruce top and laminated Mahogany work with the dreadnought shape and scalloped X-bracing to create a strong tone with a bright top and a good note fundamentals. Strumming is excellent and fingerpicking sounds extremely pleasant.
So what of this pickup? Well, this Fideli’Tron pickup has been seen on electric guitars like the Fender Cabronita already but it was in fact developed for this range of Gretsch acoustics. It has a clear, low output and is nestled in a wooden box (‘isolation chamber’) to sort out feedback problems. And yes, it does sound like a mix between an electric and an acoustic! Its definitely not supposed to give you sumptuous life-like acoustic tones: it’s meant to give a large, slightly darker voice that suits supportive rhythmic playing and effects-laden soundscaping over straight up lead soloing. It works well and if you want a more lo-fi, scuzzy sound then this will reveal itself to be very useful (and fun) for you!
It’s a unique guitar and no mistake: only Gretsch could do something like this! It is a success though for sure, as long as you what to expect! We love it. More of this!
Other premium features include a bound solid spruce top with scalloped "X" bracing and the classic Rancher triangular sound hole (with binding), mahogany sides and bound arched back, mahogany neck, 16-fret rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays, volume control, compensated bridge saddle with rosewood base, deluxe tuners, and gold-plated hardware.
|Body||Laminated Maple Back and Sides|
|Body Finish||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Finish||Gloss Polyester|
|Scale Length||25" (635 mm)|
|Number of Frets||16|
|Frets Size||Vintage Style|
|String Nut||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width||1.6875" (42.86 mm)|
|Position Inlays||Neo-Classic™ Thumbnail|
|Bridge||Rosewood with Compensated Synthetic Bone Saddle|
|Tuning Machines||Deluxe Die-Cast|
|Strings||D'Addario® NPS (.012-.052 Gauges)|
|Unique Features||Traditional Gretsch Rancher "Triangular" Sound Hole, White Bound Body, Neck, Headstock and Sound Hole, White Pearloid Neo-ClassicTM “Thumbnail” Position Inlays, Knurled Forward Strap Retainer Knob, 3-Ply Tortoiseshell Pickguard with Gretsch Logo, Adjustable Truss Rod with Headstock Adjustment, Top Mounted “G” Arrow Volume Control Knob, Synthetic Bone Nut|