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Guitar World Checks out the New Gretsch Collections

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During last week’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Guitar World magazine paid a quick visit by the Gretsch booth to check out the Gretsch Streamliner, Golden Era and Players Edition guitars.

Watch below as Gretsch’s Joe Carducci gives GW a quick tour through the booth.

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6 New Gretsch Roots Instruments to Try

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Our Gretsch Roots Collection has developed quite a following over the last few years, and we are so pleased to have a few more new models to this popular line.

Here are 6 new Gretsch Roots instruments we recommend you try:

G9241 Alligator™ Biscuit Round-Neck Resonator Guitar with Fishman® Nashville Pickup (Chieftain Red or 2-Color Sunburst)

The all-mahogany G9241 Alligator Biscuit Roundneck Resonator is an adaptation on the successful Gretsch G9240 model. Now featuring the Fishman® Nashville™ Biscuit-Style pickup, this acoustic/electric resonator projects its distinctively swampy tone all the way to the back door of any dancehall. Like all fine Gretsch resonator guitars, the vital feature of the G9241 is the Gretsch “Ampli-Sonic™” diaphragm (resonator cone).

Hand-spun in Eastern Europe from nearly 99-percent pure aluminum, the Ampli-Sonic diaphragm yields an impressive quality and volume of tone.

G9500 Jim Dandy™ 24” Scale Barnwood Burst

Faithful to the Gretsch “Rex” parlor guitars of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, the G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top parlor-style model embodies everything that was great about everyone’s first guitar. Everything and then some that is, because the G9500 is crafted with select guitar woods and is fully lined and braced for warm and pleasing tone, with a 24” scale for endless hours of playing comfort.

Released in late 2015, we are also offering the G9500 Jim Dandy™ Flat Top in a limited run Roundup Burst finish.


G9202 Honey Dipper™ Special Round-Neck Resonator Guitar Oxblood

A single strum of the Honey Dipper Round-Neck Resonator Guitar transports one back 80 years to a hobo jungle just off the tracks, where wandering workers congregate in camaraderie and the comforting and captivating strains of a real all-metal resonator guitar waft through the smoke of oil-drum fires and enchant the ears with a sound like raindrops beating on a rusty pump house roof.

Features a medium “V” mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and 19 medium jumbo frets, Gretsch Ampli-Sonic Biscuit Resonator Cone and Bridge, and 1930s Gretsch Headstock with Aged Pearloid Face.

Also, in late 2015, Gretsch released a limited run of G9202 Honey Dipper™ Special Round-Neck in a Bell Bronze finish. This round-neck resonator guitar has all the same features as the wildly popular G9201 Honey Dipper, with the additions of aged white fingerboard binding, screened headstock graphic and a weathered “Bell Bronze” finish.

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See Inside the 2016 Gretsch NAMM Booth

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Below is a quick video of our 2016 Gretsch NAMM Booth in Anaheim, Calif. We hope you enjoy this glimpse at some of our new and amazing instruments!

If you are visiting the show, please be sure to tag Gretsch in photos or video you post to social! (Instagram: @officialgretsch, Facebook.com/GretschGuitars, Twitter: @GretschUSA.)

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Hear the New Gretsch Streamliner Guitars

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The new Gretsch Streamliner Collection offers a brave new sound at an affordable price. Available in Center Block Jr., Center Block and Hollow Body models, the new Streamliner collection was designed for powerful sound and versatile playability with spectacular vintage Gretsch style.

The secret to the Streamliner’s bold sound is a new offering from Gretsch—the Broad’Tron humbucking pickup. Specifically designed for the Streamliner, this high-output pickup spawns robust lows, pristine highs and a throaty midrange for a unique tone that stays true to That Great Gretsch Sound!

Hear these new instruments in action with these terrific demos:

Streamliner Single Cutaway Hollow Body



Streamliner Center Block Double Cutaway


Streamliner Center Block Jr. Double Cutaway

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10 New Amazing Features on the Gretsch Players Edition

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The new Gretsch Players Edition is designed to provide ultimate stability, maximum comfort and powerful sound, resulting in a line of workhorse guitars meant to be played throughout the entire set—every song, every night.

Here are 10 new features behind these professional-grade instruments:

Thinner bodies – 2.25”
Thinner bodies provide greater comfort during long sets, and allow the player to freely “dig in.”

String-Thruy Bigsby Tailpieces
Allows for quick, painless string changes.

Pinned Rocking Bar Bridges
Maximum string glide over the bridge allows greater tuning stability while using Bigsby.

TUSQ XL Nuts
Minimizes friction between string and nut.

Locking Tuning Keys
Locking Keys provide easy string changes and excellent tuning stability.

Squeezebox PIO Capacitors
PIO Caps give that silky vintage sound and taper. Treble Bleed Circuit allows the player to back off the volume for greater tonal control.

No-Load Tone Pots
When the tone switch is maxed, Filter’Trons are “wide open.” Rolling back the tone knob engages a smooth rolloff and great tonal flexibility .

ML Bracing
Reducing body size can also reduce big body fullness. ML bracing promotes greater air movement and restores the big body sound within a thinner body.

Reinforced Input Jacks
Jack is supported by a wood block that minimizes the danger of the jack pulling through the body.

Strap Locks
Guitar remains secure onstage, regardless of player’s movement or activity.

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