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Drum & Guitar Shop, The
Beautiful Gretsch G5655T-CB Electromatic Guitar

Straight out of the box, the Jet-style G5655T-CB provokes the kind of reaction in the office usually reserved for a dreamy Custom Shop creation. This is indicative of how much closer to the 'real thing' Gretsch's Electromatics have come these days in terms of fit, finish and overall vibe. Thumbnail fingerboard inlays, more classic-looking pickups and surrounds, chrome arrow knobs and strap buttons, along with three sharp finish options all contribute to making this instrument look and feel like a grown-up member of the family, rather than a cobbled-together budget afterthought that is Gretsch in name alone. The G5655T-CB's lines may echo those of Jets of old, but as Gretsch's European Product Manager Adam Bowden-Smith explains, "The construction is fundamentally different. The regular Jet, which is mahogany in the Professional Collection and basswood here, is a solid piece of wood, which is then routed out to form chambers. A maple cap is then glued to the top. "The Center-Block Jet is constructed more like a hollowbody. It has a laminated maple top, back and sides, with the addition of the solid spruce centre block. The result is more empty space inside the guitar - and potentially more fullness and resonance as you'd expect from a semi, but with the sustain and feedback-controlling attributes of the centre block. "You also have the subtle tonal variations caused by the wood itself: the maple/spruce construction could offer a touch more high-end bite than a mahogany or basswood guitar. It's also a little lighter, with a manageable 343mm (13.5-inch) body width." New Gretsch Super HiLo'Tron pickups feature across the Electromatic Center-Block range, here in the neck position of the G5655 in combination with a Black Top Filter'Tron at the bridge. "The Super Hilo'Trons are based on our original Hilo'Tron pickup," says Adam. "As the name suggests, they're designed to have an emphasis on the high and low frequencies - a clear top end, with a punchy bass, and kind of a scooped mid. The originals were lower-output single coils, while these are humbucking, so more power, and no 60-cycle hum." The G5655 features a three-position toggle switch for pickup selection, individual pickup volumes, a tone control (bridge pickup only) and the traditional master volume situated on the lower horn. Feel & Sounds Comparing this guitar directly to a more traditionally constructed Gretsch instrument, there's a marked difference in strapped-on feel as the Electromatic neck is set at a shallower angle. Where the fingerboard would end in a raised lip and a steep neck angle would create a fairly high string position across the guitar's top, requiring the use of a bridge base in order to gain sufficient string clearance (much a like an old-time archtop), the neck here meets the body in a more Gibson-like fashion. It's less authentically 'Gretsch', but also less alien for players making the jump from a more mainstream electric solid or semi. www.musicradar.com/reviews/guitars/gretsch-g5655t-cb-electromatic-604360

Drum & Guitar Shop, The
63830 Clausen Rd
Bend, OR 97701
541382-2884
www.thedrumandguitarshop.com/


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Retail Price: $1,299.00
Starting Bid: $299.00
Current Bid: $0.00
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Ends On: 11/28/18 11:45 PM CT
Time Left: 14days 5hours 10minutes 18seconds


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