Jet Packed

A Gretsch guitar that’s a lit­tle bit coun­try but a lot more rock’n’roll.

Classic Rock - - Dirt - Si­mon Bradley

While many rock fans will be aware of Gretsch gui­tars, the mod­els that will most prob­a­bly come to mind will be the big, flash semi-acous­tics sported by old-school play­ers such as Chet Atkins, Ed­die Cochran and Duane Eddy. Equal parts coun­try and rock­a­billy, the tone of those in­stru­ments is un­mis­tak­able, and even when used in a harder rock sphere they al­ways sound as good as they look.

It was never just about flashy hol­low-bod­ies, though. By 1955 the com­pany was pro­duc­ing a num­ber of solids un­der the Jet ban­ner, in­clud­ing the black Duo-Jet, the ori­en­tal red Jet Fire­bird and the be­yond-cool Sil­ver Jet. Mal­colm Young, who went on to be the best-known out-and-out rocker to favour Gretsch, played a 1963 Jet Fire­bird dur­ing AC/DC’s for­ma­tive years.

This lat­est ver­sion of the Jet, the G6228 Play­ers Edi­tion, is slightly dif­fer­ent from pre­vi­ous Jets in that it boasts a pair of new

Broad’Tron BT65 pick­ups. De­signed by Tom Shaw, who has ap­plied his lauded sol­der­ing iron to a num­ber of no­table in­no­va­tions used by Fen­der, they are in­tended to be fuller in voice and more bal­anced in tone than the more cus­tom­ary Fil­terTron or Dy­na­sonic units.

With a cham­bered ma­hogany body capped with a lam­i­nated maple top that sports a V-style stop­tail and an­chored bridge, the G6228 is bet­ter suited to rock workhorsery than Gretsch gui­tars of a more tra­di­tional spec, and what it might lack in tra­di­tional twang it more than makes up for in fat­ness of tone. The slinky, U-shaped ma­hogany neck en­sures that it’s im­me­di­ately com­fort­able to play, and, best of all, tun­ing sta­bil­ity is as­sured thanks to that hard tail.

The UK RRP is £1,899, but if you’re quick you can en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion to be in with a chance of win­ning one signed by The Cult’s Billy Duffy at Ram­blin’

Man Fair (see box­out be­low).

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