Looking for a totally murdered-out Hollowbody? Look no further –– Gretsch this month announced the availability of their latest signature model and it’s a black beauty –– the G5191BK Tim Armstrong Electromatic, in honor of talented Rancid/Operation Ivy guitarist and songwriter Tim Armstrong.
All done up in black and gold –– yep, that includes all gold-plated hardware including a harp tailpiece, adusto-matic bridge, pickup bezels, and grover tuners –– this beast really stands out in Gretsch’s already impressive line of hollowbody six-strings.
Built around a single cutaway body of laminated maple (17″ wide by 2.75″ deep,) the Tim Armstrong signature model will sport a laminated maple top finished in matte black urethane, a single-piece maple neck, rosewood fingerboard (12.5″ radius,) 21 Jumbo frets – plus zero fret – and block acrylic inlayed position markers.
Electronics will include a pair of “Black Top” Filter’Tron pickups, dual Volume controls, dual Tone controls, a Master Volume knob, and traditional 3-way pickup switching.
According to Gretsch, other unique features will include a white graphite nut, pearloid Gretsch headstock inlay, black headstock overlay, 4-ply top and back binding, 3-ply fretboard and headstock binding, single-ply f-hole binding, and Tim Armstrong’s signature on the truss rod cover.
The Gretsch Tim Armstrong G5191BK Electromatic Hollowbody is currently selling for a street price of around $1,150, and is apparently actually available in a left-handed model. A gig bag ($100) or an economy hardshell case ($130) are optional.