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Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block Demo

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In this video clip, Doug Doppler demonstrates the Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block. The interior solid spruce center block running the length of the guitar’s 1 ¾”-deep thinline-style body makes for a lively “high gain-friendly” tone and delivers greater control over the kind of feedback players want.

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Gretsch Duo Jet Wins Guitar World‘s Platinum Award

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G6128T-1962 Duo Jet

Guitar World has bestowed its Platinum Award upon the Gretsch G6128t-1962 Duo Jet.

“Its unique-sounding DeArmond Dynasonic pickups offered the raucous twang needed for rockabilly and just enough jangle for rock, making it the choice of guitarists like George Harrison and, in his early-90s rockabilly phase, Jeff Beck,” writes GW‘s Paul Riario. “Over the years, the Duo Jet has evolved into many different models, including a double-cutaway version, introduced in 1961, frequently used by AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young. The new Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is an inspired reworking of that version, complete with modern updates, vintage cool looks and authoritative tones that will help set you apart from the rest.”

The Duo Jet appears in the November issue of Guitar World, and includes a full breakdown of this instrument’s feature set and a review of its performance.

“The stylish G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is pure magnetic charm, with enough raw tones to make it perfect for aggressive rock or rockabilly twang,” sums up Riario.

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Chicago Music Exchange Demos a 1955 Gretsch Duo Jet

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The folks at Chicago Music Exchange recently checked out an amazing 1955 Gretsch Duo Jet that was originally purchased by Ben Harper.

To see and hear what this vintage guitar can do, watch the demo below.

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Guitar World Demos the G6128T-1962 Duo Jet

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Paul Riario of Guitar World recently got his hands on a Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet and gave it a very positive review.

“This is just a gorgeous and elegant guitar,” he noted.

Riario went through all of the features of the classic solid-body guitar, and also played it to showcase the tone.

“With just a couple of tweaks, this guitar plays incredibly and has a focused sound. Definitely check it out,” Riario concluded.

Check out the full demo below.

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Vintage Guitar Reviews Gretsch Electromatic Center-Block

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In its November issue, Vintage Guitar reviews the Gretsch G5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block, which features a solid-spruce center block designed to cut feedback when things get loud.

The magazine reviews the instrument’s key feature set, finish and set-up, and also details some of the sounds wrangled from this little beauty.

“A Black Top Filter’Tron pickup near the bridge provides all the early George Harrison jangle and super-clean Chet Atkins single notes anyone could ever use,” writes Bob Dragich. “Beatles songs are channeled almost involuntarily through the ’Tron. And even though Tom Petty doesn’t normally use a Gretsch, the G5655T-CB is great for reproducing the rhythms of nearly every song he’s ever done.”

The guitar also held up well when it came to feedback testing.

“Feedback testing involved running the G5655T-CB through an early-’80s Fender Super Champ in a 15×15 room with an eight-foot ceiling. All-tube and point-to-point wired, the Super Champ dished out Paul Rivera levels of gain. Pushed to window-rattling, 911-calling levels, the little Gretsch refused to squeal unless it was aimed directly at the amp’s speaker, and then only in close proximity.”

Pick up the magazine to read the full review.

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