Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet Bass II - Black

4-string Electric Bass with Basswood Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Mini Humbucking Pickups - Black
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Short-scale Tone Machine

Do you want a bass, but don't want the big stretches between frets? The new short-scale Gretsch Junior Jet Bass II is the instrument for you. It doesn't matter whether you have small hands, or if this bass is for a young beginner, or even if you are a guitar player looking for an easier playing bass, the Jet Bass II has you covered. The 30.3" scale length keeps wide stretches to a minimum. The basswood body and maple neck combine for a warm and detailed sound. If you want big bass tone and a short-scale length, the Gretsch Junior Jet Bass II is for you!

Gretsch Junior Jet Bass II Guitar at a Glance:
  • Classic Gretsch looks will turn heads
  • Constructed for tone and comfort
  • Shorter scale neck is easier to play
Classic Gretsch looks will turn heads

This short-scale bass is sure to make musicians take a second look. The classic Gretsch Electromatic headstock on the Gretsch Junior Jet Bass II is instantly recognizable. The familiar Jet body shape is comfortable to play and light weight. You'll love not only the looks, but the feel of the Gretsch Junior Jet Bass II!

Constructed for tone and comfort

You'll love the feel and comfort of the Gretsch Junior Jet Bass II. The lightweight basswood body provides warm, full tone without breaking your back. The strong maple neck and toneful rosewood fretboard combine to give you an easy playing bass with warm, clean notes that will sing while you play.

Shorter scale neck is easier to play

The Gretsch Junior Jet Bass II scale length has a lot of advantages, especially if you like bending and a little more trebly, throaty sound. A shorter scale also lets you do things you can't do on your 34-inch bass (at least, that you can't do as easily), like effortless leaps of six frets without changing position, which makes this bass perfect for fast playing. But it's the tone you'll really love.

Gretsch Junior Jet Bass II Guitar Features:
  • Short-scale bass with big tone
  • Color: Black
  • Mini humbuckers provide a deep, organic bass sound
  • 30.3" scale length is perfect for smaller hands and fast fretwork
  • Rosewood fretboard has a 12" radius, flatter for faster playability
  • Basswood body is lightweight and comfortable to wear
Add a great-playing short-scale bass to your collection with the Gretsch Junior Jet Bass II!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Jet
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Black
Body Material Basswood
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 30.3"
Bridge/Tailpiece Standard 4-saddle Bridge
Tuners Chrome Die-cast Tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Mini Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Mini Humbucker
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone
Strings (.045-.105)
Manufacturer Part Number 2514620506

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Update to string choices. I've recently installed GHS Boomers GHS 3135 Roundwound 45 -60 - 75 - 95 and am very pleased with the result. The low-frets intonation weirdness is fairly resolved. NOTE: I had to move all the bridge pieces considerably away from the neck while doing the installation and searching for intonation. If I knew then... I would have started by moving the bridge pieces some distance away from the fingerboard, put the strings on, stretching them several times during the process,THEN tweaked the bridge pieces back toward the fingerboard to achieve intonation. In this way there is only fresh string that hasn't been pressed down onto the bridge coming into play. I do love this instrument.

Excellent quality, pleasure to play

I've been completely satisfied with this jewel of an instrument, which is an easy pleasure to play. I had stopped playing acoustic guitar because my increasingly arthritic finger joints were suffering, but I am able to handle this beauty's lovely fingerboard with little discomfort. It does take only a very light pressure to move the large tuners and alter the tuning. Lay it down on a bed and it will probably be affected. During play, it is stable. Much tonal variation is available from the two pickups, the 3-way switch and the tone knob. I've only begun to explore the variations. To my ears, there isn't very distinct differentiation between the notes at the lowest frets of the deepest strings, and sometimes (with an inexpensive but seemingly fine quality practice amp) I have a hard time getting the correct pitch/note . The instrument is probably intonated well but something about the less-than-ideal pickups doesn't clarify pitch here. Anywhere on the neck than the lowest E and A frets and there is no lack of pitch distinction. I measured the stock round wound strings with a micrometer: 40 - 60 - 75 - 95. I have NO problem with their sound, would replace with the same if I knew what they brand they are. But, since I don't know, I did research for Short Scale strings. These are among my findings (where gauges differ from the stock ones, I note that): D'Addario Chromes (flatw) ECB81S The set is 45 - 65 - 80 - 100, so, DEFINITELY heavier than stock; D'Addario XL (roundw) EXL220S; Fender 5250XL (roundw); LaBella LBSN40 (roundw) Custom length must be ordered for short scale; Rotosound RS66S Swing Bass (roundw) 40 - 50 - 75 - 90; and Rotosound RS77 Jazz Bass (flatw) 40 - 50 - 75 - 90. ( I could guess a little less tension with the Rotosound because of 2 lighter gauges might require adjusting the neck a tad) I will quote now from another reviewer, who changed up to a heavier set than stock :"After changing strings, I noticed a lot of relief in the neck, possibly increased by the heavier strings." Well, no surprise there! And with a lightly-built instrument, you might anticipate that it won't easily be able to handle a change of gauges, so go to something like the D'Addario Chromes with caution. I love the bass and it looks killer with a Dunlop checkered strap! OH, must say: the set-up by Sweetwater staff was perfect! Plug in and play. Service extraordinary, and the 3-layers of boxing make for a perfect instrument arriving at your door, layered in deep bubble-pack-separated boxes.

You will not want to put it down.

Played a Fender Maple jazz bass in the 60s and 70s, then just got busy with life. But the last few months I had an opportunity to play again, and did the research on today's guitars. Played more than a few at the stores, and found a lot of them that I didn't want to play. Fret buzz, cheap parts, you know the usual stuff that drives a serious guitar player crazy. Real disappointed with the offerings in the $500 or less category! I had heard good things about Sweetwater from friends, and came across this Gretsch, well within the price range I was looking for. Man I must be crazy, but I believed the reviews and took a chance. Well, I WON on this one! They must have shipped it out that day, and out of the box it came. This is a quality guitar, the finish, tuning gears, pick-ups, controls. Everything is NICE. Sounds way deep on the tone, and the one thing I did was to put LaBella Deep Talkin flat wounds on it. Oh, yeah. You won't believe this set-up. I enjoy playing this thing better than the old Fender, a guitar which would sell for a lot of money today if I just would have kept it. But this Gretsch makes me not miss it at all.

Well made instrument

Wonderful fit and finish all around. Nothing more to wish for or want. A very solid well made short-scale bass. Nice sealed tuners. Quiet with the passive humbuckers just what I wanted for recording. Plays and sounds great. It is an amazing bargain and I was not looking for one.I am a guitar player who wanted another short-scale bass to lay down some tracks (my first was back in the 70's which i sold) and I read and saw some demos on this. Surprisingly so although a short-scale bass it feels so solid and is tone-ful. As with all instruments you need to choose based on what type of music and your playing style. Originally was going to replace the strings when I got it, but they are quality strings that are fine and sound fine, and I will use them for sometime before I try other strings. I also bought the Fender Short-scale gig bag (BTW - Fender owns Gretsch) to help keep it safe from the start. Pretty decent gig bag that is thicker than others I found. I bought from Sweetwater because they are like having a helping hand checking the instrument before they ship it out unlike others both online and brick and mortar who just hand you whatever it is in the box, good-luck have a nice day bye. I would not trust getting this bass from anyone else. I could have gotten this bass in numerous local big music stores but it is Sweetwater for me every time and I am always happy with what they send and the personal attention they give to every sale, small and large. Got it super fast too.
Music background: Hobbist now

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What a sweet sounding bass put some flatwounds on it and haven't Put it down since
Music background: jazz bass star in my mind:)
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