The Roundup is Gretsch‘s take on the classic single-cutaway electric guitar, and like many of the company’s other electrics, it boasts a Western motif. There’s a big “G” logo burned right onto the top and fingerboard pearloid inlays with engraved cactus, steerheads, and fences. Interesting when you consider that Gretsch was building these guitars in Brooklyn, New York! This historically accurate reissue brings back the Gretsch glory days with an arched maple top over a chambered “weight-relieving” mahogany body in eye-popping Western Orange – originally described as “the color of a Flagstaff sunset.”
Though obviously aimed at country players, the Roundup eventually found favor among early rock and rollers. The 2-piece mahogany neck has a very nice profile – not too fat and not too thin. Other features include dual DynaSonic single-coil pickups, a Gold Plexi pickguard, Grover Stay-Tite machine heads, “arrow” knobs and even a polished Bigsby vibrato tailpiece for that little extra bit of “twang.” What’s really cool about this guitar is that it’s been built
to look almost exactly like a 50-year-old instrument, right down
to the “aged” body bindings. If you are among those who appreciate the charm of early “Golden Age” Gretsches, you definitely want to check it out!