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Gretsch G100CE Synchromatic Hollowbody - Natural Reviews

4.0 stars based on 7 customer reviews
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  • The Notorious ROSCOE from Biloxi
    from Wichita, KS, USA March 4, 2014Music Background:
    variety show includes magic, sideshow acts, and music.


    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!

  • Edwin Estrada
    from Ocala Florida USA June 1, 2013Music Background:
    Old School Classic Rocker.

    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!!!!!

  • John
    from Minnesota May 23, 2012Music Background:

    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.

  • Mozart Mark Dedeaux
    from Gulfport, Ms, USA October 23, 2008Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Producer, soundwriter


    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.

  • John T
    from Omaha, NE August 7, 2014Music Background:
    Blues/Jazz/Rock Semi-Pro

    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.

  • timothy k. giglio
    from waterville , Maine October 25, 2014Music Background:
    40 years playing ,hobbyest, student, gigster!!

    just got mine gretch G100E sync.

    first impression right out of the box, the finish was nice, the feel was good, but a little light for me, next, I placed my hands on the neck it felt good with a little getting used to 12 " radius ? the nut is a little tight for my fingers , the strings felt good flat wound light. just what you would expect from a old school jazz box just like dad played in the 40s . very cool!!! the acoustic sound was ok and the once I plugged in it rocked, good sound clean and got some distortion and crunch with volume .played though dad's a old peavey Bandit.. it was good quality guitar for the money....

  • drfk
    from April 26, 2014Music Background:
    guitar and recording hobbyist since 1980

    ok but not great

    you can get a good Gretsch sound on a budget but for almost $800, there are some really low quality things going one here:
    1) 3 piece neck is waaay sensitive to warping (it was out-of-true on the first use and will need to be adjusted $) ps you wont want to play it acoustically for anyone but yourself - sounds tinny and hollow - almost Ovation-like
    2) pick guard transmits 'static cracking' sound when amped as you brush it with your fingers (via the cheap ungrounded wiring) I've also investigated having this fixed $$
    3) there is an ABSURD packing foam type material that sticks out from under the bridge. I have tried to pull it out or trim it with no luck. ps bridge shape does not hug the body of the guitar or allow for use with a standard case $$$ (still, no case for $800+ is BS) pps don't believe the web site - there is no hard shell case for it
    4) not familiar with the matte finish it feels like a toy - not a big boy guitar. ps kind of embarrassed to play/show it in public since anyone who knows guitars can see you bought at the bottom of the product lineup.
    5) made in Korea

    for an extra hundred, might as well try the 5420. I wish it existed when I bought this thing.

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