Yep — leave it to Gretsch to get me blogging again… If there is one guitar manufacturer that manages to continually appeal to my tastes in both instrument design and function it is Gretsch.
Case in point: the good folks at Gretsch have now teamed up with So Cal hot rod artist JimmyC to create a strictly limited run of custom G5120 Electromatic Hollowbodies — apparently pinstriped by hand and ready to rock.
According to Gretsch the artist is producing his work one piece at a time, completely by hand, using vibrant enamel paints applied directly to the guitar’s original finish; meaning no two instruments will be exactly the same, and in turn could turn out to be highly collectible (I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.)
Based on the company’s popular and decidedly low-cost Electromatic G5120, this Limited Edition is being made available in six different flavors (See Gretsch’s official product page for photos,) and the guitars are expected to sport newly designed dual-coil pickups, a Bigsby B799 tailpiece, laminated maple top, back and sides, and a laminated maple neck (24.56″ scale length.)
Other features include 3-way pickup switching, individual volume controls (neck and bridge,) plus Master Volume and Master Tone controls, an Ebony fretboard (22 frets,) Ebony-based adjusto-matic bridge, chrome-plated hardware, glossy urethane finish, and top, back and fingerboard binding.
I’m finding myself partial to the Orange with Green Custom Pinstriping (shown here,) and the price is pretty reasonable (considering the custom artwork) at basically $850.00. What’s your take?