Gretsch and Guild Galore

Last week we featured a metric crap ton of pointy guitars for the metalheads and prog-rockers out there in Snohomish County, but this week I'd like to get in touch with your sweet 'n sensitive, bluesy, folky, down-home sides and talk about the new Guilds and Gretsches we've amassed as of late. First, let's discuss these Nashville-worthy numbers right here...

Gretsch G5422T Electromatic and G5420T Electromatic:

These two electromatics are fun, fast, easy players with a unique sound that Gretsch is ressurecting from it's "good ol' days". This is mostly due to them featuring "Black Top" FilterTron pick-ups, which are, in essence, humbuckers designed to sound similiar to single-coils, giving them a low-output, twangy jangle that is definitive of the Chet Atkin's era of music. The G5422T sports double-cutaways which is handy and some nifty aesthetics. (By the way, it's not white, it's cherry blossom. Apparently if you get that wrong, Chet Atkins will rise up out of his grave and punch you in the nose). The G5420T is also a spiffy lookin' number with the cool, sleek "aspen green" and the classic electromatic look. Both sound sharp and bright clean, and articulate even with overdrive. The Cherry Blossom one, in particular, happens to have a nice, warm low-end too which hearkens back to "Mr. Sandman" days. Both are great players and I recommend them highly!

G5422T Features ($1,049.99):

5-ply Maple body with double cutaways

Rosewood fretboard

Maple neck

Gold-plated hardware

Vintage style tuners

"Black Top" FilterTron pickups in both neck and bridge positions

Bigsby-licensed B60 tail-piece





G5420T Features ($874.99):

Laminated maple body

Rosewood fretboard

Maple neck

Vintage style tuners

"Black Top" FilterTron pickups in both neck and bridge positions

Bigsby-licensed B60 tail-piece


Gretsch Double Jet:

Every now and then, I just need to get good and bluesy with the hardrock. I'm a life-long Led Zeppelin disciple and some of the best music, in my opinion, comes out of hard, punchy blues riffs. The Gretsch Double Jet is well suited to that style and sound: it doesn't only look dark, melancholy, and legit, but put through a nice, crunchy overdriven amp, and you're on your way to melting faces. Granted, Gretsch is probably more associated with clean, twangy country rock with its iconic Electromatics and Dynasonics, but the Double Jet opens up a door to the other side of the Gretsch attitude. If you don't know what attitude I'm talking about, pull up another tab on your browser and YouTube "Love Spreads" by the Stone Roses. That's tasty blues riffiness right there. 

Double Jet Features ($599.99):

Maple top with chambered, basswood body

Rosewood fretboard

Maple neck

"Black Top" FilterTron pickups in both neck and bridge

Bigsby-licensed B60 tail-piece


...and now, for the Guilds!


Guild Arcos Series:

Guild's Arcos series, in my opinion, is based on the quest for "resonance". They keep the finish minimalistic with a hand-buffed satin finish, making the neck quite fast and the general sound of the guitars full, flowering and gorgeous. Keeping the guitar light is a good way to ensure a healthy, hearty tone and is also a basic nicety in guitars (in my opinion, the lighter the better). Both the AD-3 and the AD-3CE, and in fact the whole Arcos series, have arched mahogany backs and solid Sitka spruce tops (a fancy tonewood Taylor guitars uses in almost everything they make. Thank you, Alaska!) The result is a warm, melodious guitar, nice and full with an extra clarity that's hard to breed with warmth in your average guitar. 

Guild AD-3 Features: ($549.99 - $749.99):

Solid Sitka spruce tops and scalloped sitka bracing

Mahogany back and sides with arched back

Rosewood fingerboard

Koa wood rosette

(in the AD-3CE) Fishman Preamp


Guild F-130RCE:

 I'm partial to folk-sized guitars. I tend to find them more comfortable while gigging and they generally seem to feel better in my hands. However, the common compromise involved in a smaller body size is a noticeable loss of low-end in your tone. That being said, Guild has a clever way with their "orchestra" sized guitars, being that the body is a little wider on the low end, putting some of the lost resonance back into a small body. I'm impressed with the sound of the F-130 being that it is a smaller guitar, but still has some blood and guts in it when you want 'em. 

Guild F-130RCE ($949.99):

Solid spruce top with rosewood back and sides

Slim profile mahogany neck with satin finish

Pearl Dot inlays and mother-of-pearl rosette (classy!)

Rosewood fretboard

Fishman Sonitone under-saddle pickup

Vintage style tuners


And there you have it! Enjoy your week and keep on rockin'!


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