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Gretsch G5034TFT Rancher with Fideli'Tron pickups - Savannah Sunset Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from Oklahoma November 25, 2016

    Great Guitar

    This is one awesome acoustic electric. Plays well with a great sound.
    So good in fact I purchased 2.
    Now the boys will have a great Christmas this year

  • from Bamboo Room Studio October 25, 2016Music Background:
    Music Professional & Studio Owner

    Tremendous

    This is a very unique instrument with great visual appeal. Workmanship and finish are flawless regardless where it was manufactured. Setup was excellent and required no additional work. It plays with ease and much better than acoustics I have played costing 2 x 3 times as much making it a bargain. It has a unique setup having a neck mounted Fideli'tron pickup and a single knob for volume. Unplugged, it has a balanced strong projection which I found quite pleasing. Plugged in, it takes on a tone closer to an electric guitar yet retains acoustic properties. I found it to have a unique voice. Again, well balanced without the typical loss of mids associated with piezo style acoustic systems. I recommend using an electric guitar amp instead of an acoustic amp since they are designed for piezo pickup systems. The guitar stays in tune very well especially considering it has a Bigsby, which in and of itself makes for a unique acoustic. I am very happy with this purchase and would recommend this guitar.

  • from Portland, OR January 28, 2015Music Background:
    Alt-Country/Americana Vocalist and Guitarist

    Great Gig-Worthy Guitar

    I admit I bought this for the bling, hoping against hope that it might be good enough to use for a few songs on stage. It's a stunning stage guitar sure to grab attention.

    I used it for rehearsals several times and was very impressed with both the sound and playability. All my band mates loved it. So I played it at our a gig and not just for a few songs---for the entire night. It's a joy to play because it has a slim (not too slim) neck and it uses electric strings. I put on a set of high end flat wound 11s---I'm a rhythm player not a lead player---and it was a perfect match.

    One of the reviews says it doesn't sound acoustic or electric, and I agree with that. But it has a great rhythm sound, not fully acoustic, it's true, but very warm and resonant. It does not sound tinny. Far from it. It has a great professional tone.

    My biggest fear was would it hold pitch. But I only needed one slight retune between sets---remarkable for a guitar with Bigsby.

    I'm very happy I bought it and would recommend it without reservation. I will be using it as my principal guitar in our alt-country band from here on out. Great guitar.

    My only caveats follow: Fairly heavy due to the reinforcement necessary to support the Bigsby (I've played Les Pauls and Strats that were heavier). Not really usable unplugged except for home practice. (but unless you're playing into a microphone on stage, who cares?). Made in Indonesia (but the build quality was excellent, so....again, who cares?)

    If you want an electrified stage guitar with great sound, easy playability, and eye catching looks, you should buy it. You won't be disappointed.

  • from Greenville, SC USA January 10, 2015Music Background:
    Home studio geek.

    It's everything I expected.

    Don't pick this as your first guitar. Don't pick this as your only guitar. Don't pick this as a swiss-army knife, do-it-all guitar. Pick this for what it is - a truly unique instrument with voicing and playabilty factors that you'll only find on this guitar. Quite simply, there's nothing out there like this at the moment and for that reason alone it's a must have in my book.

    Fit and finish are way above average; hardware seems top-notch; frets are nicely polished. The woods have a heavy poly finish to the degree you would see on an overseas electric guitar. Very pretty, but you might be put-off by that. Don't be. This is not intended to compete with the very good $500-$1500 non-US acoustics out there. It's its own animal - and it's a beast.

    The acoustic sound is exactly what I thought it would be for an all-laminate guitar. Serviceable, articulate and loud enough. It's not a particularly resonant guitar, nor could it be with the construction methods they used to create it. Another reviewer said it's acoustic tone sounded "cheap" - I understand, but I disagree. Instead I would say that out-of-the-box, it sounds "tight". That said, lighter strings and a setup tweak have added greatly to giving my Rancher's acoustic end a fuller tone.

    From an electric players perspective, I can't see this being any better. The neck is slim and fast. The action is surprisingly low. Gretsch doesn't publish the radius but the neck feels very ES-like in your hand. Obviously, this is not a flat-pickers ideal guitar. It is a cross-over guitar for a person who would like to have a true non-piezo acoustic in their arsenal without having to lug one around.

    That brings me to the electric side of this equation, which is where I believe this guitar is a true stand-out. The Fideli-tron pickup is 100% analog. Don't buy this guitar looking for an on-board pre-amp or EQ. There's no over-brite piezo bite or chorus effect. This is a just like you nailed a pickup to your old acoustic and it sounds great.

    So all-in-all this guitar is exactly what I expected and exactly what I wanted. It is very well made, delivers a wide range of tones and versatility, and it's totally unique. You can't get anything like this at any price right now, which makes it priceless to me.

  • from Clinton, ME September 4, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist, aspiring musician

    Gorgeous, unique guitar but not quite what I expected

    It was love at first sight. As soon as I saw this one, I had to get on the waiting list to get one. It is the most unique guitar of my collection.
    I was hoping it would be that guitar that I could take to mic nights or use when an acoustic-electric was required for a song.
    First impression...Stunning!!! Absolutely beautiful guitar. The fit and finish was flawless and set-up was perfect by Sweetwater, as always.
    It didn't come with a case so I ordered the recommended case. Don't do that. The guitar is so thick and the bar restricts you from shutting and locking the case closed without depressing the bar, I'm not sure that's good for the guitar.
    Now to review how she performs.. I bought this hoping to use it plugged in to my Fishman 180 watt acoustic amp...don't do that either. I should have understood the electronics of this guitar before purchasing it. It has an EXTERNAL humbucker at the neck so plugged in it does NOT sound like an acoustic, unfortunately it doesn't sound like an electric either. The sound is very poor through an amp, the lows are too low and the highs sound like you're playing a plastic toy guitar.
    I have experimented and about the best I could do was to plug it into an electric guitar tube amp, but it still doesn't sound good.
    Unplugged isn't really any better either. It just doesn't sound like a thousand dollar acoustic guitar, I'm not sure what it sounds like. The best way I can describe it is that it just sounds "cheap". For as much money as it costs and how beautiful it is, Gretsch should have done a better job with what the guitar is intended for...the sound!!
    I have never written a negative review and this is about as negative as I get.
    Also, this thing weighs a tons compared to ANYTHING else I own.
    If you want something unique to hang on the wall and have people look at, buy it. As far as purchasing it with the desire to play it, don't do it. I would not recommend this guitar. Gretsch needs to go back to the drawing board on this one or scrap it. I predict they will scrap it.
    This is a first for me....

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