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Gretsch G5265 Jet Baritone -Black Sparkle Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from California July 11, 2016

    Amazing guitar!

    Yes, 5 stars!
    This baritone is just perfect for me, being a bass player since 1974.
    A standard scale guitar is way too cramped for my hands, but not this near 30" scale beauty.
    Then there is the tone. I have played Gretsch guitars through the years and they always had that Beatles Revolver tone that I gravitate towards. I did not expect the same tone and jangle with the less expensive Electromatic, but it sounds very, very close to the legacy Gretsch guitars (that I could not afford!)

    The beautiful, tone of these guitars is just amazing!
    I sent a clip to a pro guitarist friend of mine and while my chops aren't anywhere near his, he commented "Love the tone of that bari!"

    I have been experimenting with some melancholy prog chording and have had very good results.
    I also have been playing the baritone through my Leslie Studio 12. WOW, just WOW!

    I did not need to do anything except tune it when it arrived. Intonation was close enough to go ahead with break in without changing strings. adjusting the bridge or truss rod.

    My sales guy Mike Harris, took care of me in his usual excellent and friendly manner.
    Thank you Sweetwater for getting this guitar into my hands. Large hands, which makes this guitar a literal dream guitar for me!

  • from Nottingham ,England March 3, 2016Music Background:
    Musician/guitar tech

    Gretsch Baritone or Bass?

    I've had one of these for a number of years. The first time I saw it,it was advertised as a bass VI but they changed it to a Baritone but it is identical and the exact same guitar. The strings are different is all although I do know when they first shipped them as Baritones they left the Bass strings on for some time. I set mine up as a Bass VI which was difficult as although it officially has a scale length a quarter of an inch shorter than a Fender Bass VI it doesn't allow for the Bigsby which led to me not finding strings long enough.. I bought a set of D'Addarrio XL156 strings but thought they were a bit heavy(although these are usually used on the Fender VI) and bought a set of Ernie Ball EB 2837's but some weren't long enough. I mixed them both to get a perfect set and didn't need to adjust the nut as they sit nicely in the nut as it is. Swapping them back is very simple. I was sceptical about a Chinese made Gretsch and I found I love it. Of the issues I do have I notice one has been rectified now the old stock is gone and that is they now come fitted with a roller bridge. The other is that the pick ups aren't adjustable. They sit on a piece of rubber. Like a lot of other people I spoke to on forums I found the neck p/u too low and had to add extra rubber material to raise it. On the paperwork with mine it says TV Jones designed pick ups. I don't see this written in the specs anymore. I love the sound of them. All in all I really do like this guitar a lot and I would buy it again tomorrow if I lost it. I love mine and it gets a lot of use.

  • from Vandalia July 15, 2016Music Background:

    Bari Good

    Almost like starting over with a baritone guitar. If your an aging singer/songwriter this is the cat's meow. Play those same tunes in the same chords you always play in and not have to strain your voice to get them out. Plus, a bevy of new songs in the baritone format.

  • from Bagend, West Farthing, The Shire, Middle Earth March 24, 2016

    Needed some attention out of the box but great now

    Guitar required shielding and wire connection repairs due to a bad ground noise produced when plugged into my rig. However Sweetwater luthier fixed this in no time for me. Tone is beautiful and versatile. I play a variety of styles and being more of a bassist than guitarist this is anot easy instrument to play. Great action. Stays in tune even if I lay on the bigsby a little. Thought it ugly at first it's grown on me quite a bit. A definite must for any guitarist or bassist axe arsenal.

  • from Hill Country of Texas September 14, 2013Music Background:
    5+yrs of playing bass and guitar

    Classic Baritone

    I tried one of these out multiple times in a local music store. I spotted it quick cause the neck was so much longer than the other guitars lol so I knew it was a baritone, I didn't realize til later it was a almost a 30 inch scale. It feels like a bass at that point being that long, but you can still chord just fine, just position it like a bass lol. I was surprised it was tuned to B as well, I even dropped the B to an A and it sounded just as clear. The pickups are very classical voiced but well voiced for Baritone as well, not too bassy , not too hollow like how you would get with standard scale to tuned below C. But this fun if like to mix classic and death metal (XD) Extremely low but still has a nice tone. The only downfall is that the guitar itself is extremely heavy. Compared to Fender basses or Fender Guitars. This is up there with old school les pauls, do not buy it if you have back issues. This is truly old skool in that fashion.

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