Gretsch G100CE Synchromatic Hollowbody - Natural

Hollowbody Acoustic-electric with Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides, and Floating Pickup - Natural
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Gretsch G100CE Synchromatic Hollowbody - Natural
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Jazzy 40s-style Synchromatic Archtop!

The Gretsch G100CE is a stunning arch top that's reminiscent of the early Synchromatics of the 1940s. Boasting a spruce top, maple back and sides, 3-piece maple neck, and a Gretsch floating pickup for ultra-jazzy tone, you'll also enjoy this arch top's Chromatic tailpiece, Synchronized bridge, pearloid block inlays, stylized f-holes, and vintage headstock logo that all contribute to the G100CE's decidedly Art Deco look. Available with either a natural or black finish, you'll catch eyes and summon killer tone with your beautiful Gretsch C100CE Synchromatic Archtop!

Gretsch G100CE Features:
  • Finish: Natural
  • Body Style: Acoustic Archtop
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Bracing: Parallel Tone-bars
  • Back and Sides: Laminated Maple Body, 16" Wide, 2.75" Deep
  • Neck: 3-piece Maple
  • Pickups: Gretsch Single-coil
  • Controls: Volume, Tone (Mounted in Pickguard)
  • Width at Nute: 1-11/16" (43mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Rosewood Height-adjustable Synchromatic Bridge
  • Tailpiece: Chromatic Tail-piece
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Finish: Matte Urethane
  • # of Frets: 20 Extra Broad Frets
  • Machine Heads: Chrome-plated Die-cast Tuners
  • Vintage Wide Pearloid Block Inlay Position Markers
  • 1940s Synchromatic Headstock Shape
  • Black Headstock Overlay
  • Pearloid Vintage Gretsch Logo Headstock Inlay
  • Bound Fingerboard
  • Multiple Body Bindings
  • "F" Sound-holes
  • Streamline Faux Tortoise Shell Pickguard
  • Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
The Gretsch G100CE is a great-sounding arch top with an Art Deco look!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Singlecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminated Maple
Top Material Laminated Spruce
Color Natural
Body Finish Matte Urethane
Neck Material Maple, Set
Neck Shape Gretsch
Radius 12"
Scale Length 25.5"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Block
Number of Frets 20
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Synthetic bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Rosewood Height-Adjustable Synchromatic Bridge, Piano Tailpiece
Tuners Die-cast
Number of Pickups 1
Neck Pickup Single-coil
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone
Manufacturer Part Number 2515831521

Customer Reviews

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When I first played it, I was worried, Acoustically, it sounded like a toy guitar from my perspective. Then I finally got my nerve up and played it for my wife, who is also my performance partner and percussionist. That's when I discovered the magic of the archtop guitar -- it projects ALL THE SOUND TOWARD THE AUDIENCE! Her comments: "I'm hearing lovely tones I've never heard out of your other guitars. It's beautiful, like something out of heaven. On the other hand, you're going to have to become a better guitarist because I can hear every d**n mistake you make. This is obviously an instrument for a master. I'm getting you six hours of recording studio time so you can learn how to use this instrument." OK. Like my wife, this guitar is beautiful, has a compelling voice, and I love it. Besides, It's a GRETSCH! Oh, and let's NOT forget SWEETWATER's amazing customer service. Thank you very, very much, Geoff!
Music background: variety show includes magic, sideshow acts, and music.

Gretsch G100

Slammin, worth every cent. I have it in Black and whether you plug in or not, you have trouble putting it down, Love it!!!!!
Music background: Old School Classic Rocker.

Great guitar

I am not a professional musician, just a hobbyist. I first saw one of these in a music store a few years ago and since have wanted one. Actually I wanted a Gretsch that cost a LOT more than this, but when I saw this, realized I could have a pretty nice one for a more reasonable price. I finally got one and I am very happy with it. It plays very nicely and has a great sound plugged in or not. I have found nothing to complain about with this guitar. I absolutely enjoy it and, as usual, the guys at Sweetwater are a great group to work with.
Music background: Hobbyist/student


I just recieved this guitar last night for my birthday. What a sweet axe! Only able to play it for an hour or two, but the sound and the feel of the neck are very nice! Very nice craftsmanship and a looker. Im sure I will continue to enjoy its sound and feel more with time. I wanted this guitar for mellower tone and ambient effect type work. I have a feeling my wife hit a home run with getting me this axe. Im still in shock.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Producer, soundwriter

Great Guitar!!!

I've had this guitar for a number of years now. I bought it because I wanted an inexpensive archtop, but it quickly became one of my favorites. Why? Mine is the matte finish black, it looks different because of this. But there are still some touches that show some quality craftmanship, like the binding,, the art decco tailpiece and bridgethe inlay and the setup. Also, this guitar came with flatwounds... I now love flatwounds. Ok all good so far right? So now the bad stuff that ain't so bad. It's laminent. So no great tonewood sound but the sound will warm up (I've had mine for 4 years). Most importantly laminant is strong enough to put up with temerature and humidity fluxuations that would kill a tonewood guitar. The bridge, awesome sounding but the (Rosewood?) is soft and the strings are settling into the bridge. I recoment eventually getting an ebony or even a bone (yes they make em) bridge. The pickup. This is where it gets weird. It looks like a jazzbox but the Gretsch single coil is better suited for bluesor rockabilly. Not a problem if that's the tone you want. I ended up changing out the single coil for a floating humbucker for much better tone. In all, worth the money, worth the upgrades and will fitt in a standard dreadnaught case (gotta work with the endpin a little, but it will fit and well.
Music background: Blues/Jazz/Rock Semi-Pro
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