SMG Guitar Review: Gretsch Electromatic Pro Jet Electric Guitar

The Gretsch Electromatic Pro Jet Electric Guitar brings vintage and modern home to anyone

OFF THE RACK

This week’s review brings me to the Gretsch Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby. With its vintage look, vintage Gretsch sound, and sweet price you can rock out with your…. Uh…. you get the idea. This single cutaway, semi hollow body guitar was a staple of the 60’s rockabilly, rock and country music. Gretsch Electromatic pro jet has an arched maple top with a mahogany back. The semi hollow body gives this guitar its revolutionary tone and light weight feel. With its set mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard you can sail across the 22 medium frets till the cows come home or at least until Brian Setzer comes in the room.

THE SPECS

The neck is set with a 1-11/16” nut that is gentle on the strings, helping to keep you in tune when whaling on the sweet bigsby vibrato bar. The pro jet comes standard with 2 Gretsch mini dual-coils that scream out like the rockabilly gods demand. The dual coils have smooth mids and bright highs unique to these amazing guitars. The lows are a bit lacking for my taste but deep lows are not necessary for what this guitar was designed for. The pro jet uses one volume and one tone knob for easy on the fly adjustments. With the 3-way toggle switch you can create 60’s tone like never before. The Gretsch pro jet also includes the bigsby B50 Tailpiece and vibrato bar, chrome hardware and comes in gloss black or silver finish. The Pro jet uses vintage style machine heads that have excellent tension keeping the strings in tune with normal to semi aggressive play.

The great thing about this particular Gretsch is the awesome price tag at just under $550.00. It is a very affordable guitar with excellent craftsmanship that you we have come to expect from Gretsch.

THE LOW DOWN

My overall opinion of the Gretsch Pro Jet is very positive. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality for the low price; it was really light and played beautifully. Normally I am not a fan of semi hollow bodies but in the case of the pro jet I was on-board from the get-go. The neck was fast with great action for an out of the box guitar. I had no trouble getting from point A to point B on the neck at any time. The tone is what you would expect for the time period it is modeled after very rockabilly style tone which is a good thing. One thing I will point out is the Bigsby is not a whammy bar. Do be careful about how hard you use it, it was meant for vibrato not dive bombs. Excessive vibrato will throw you out of tune but not horribly so experiment with it. I loved the feel and light weightness of the body, it was very comfortable and fairly form fitting.

As many of you know I am all about swapping out pick-ups on guitars. I don’t really suggest it with this guitar. By doing so you will make it sound like a 70’s or even 80’s model guitar and that will defeat the purpose of what it was intended for. Just keep in mind that you won’t get chugging lows from this guitar; it’s not a hard rock or metal guitar. But don’t let that discourage you, this is a great thing! Experiment with tone and find something different than the standard overdrive or distortion tones.

Although I love rockabilly music, I have never really explored it. I will have to change my “tune” if you know what I mean and expand my horizon even further. The Gretsch Pro Jet will definitely be added to my collection. I would definitely recommend this guitar to all levels of players. It’s very easy to play and sounds great.

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

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  • These are reliable solid guitars. I played a friends White Falcon and it was great and stayed in tune forever.

  • I’ve seen a nice one second hand so was lolling for reviews. What country is the guitar made in?

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