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Gretsch G5426 Jet Club - Silver Reviews

4.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • Jeff Starr
    from Michigan October 12, 2015

    In a Class of Its Own at $299

    I bought a 2015 Gretsch G5426 Jet Club (in Silver Sparkle) just a few days ago, sight unseen. Not many shops carry Gretsch, so I had to take a leap of faith. I'm glad I did. As a point of reference, in my opinion this is the Classic Vibe Telecaster of LP style guitars (albeit a Gretsch). The features, construction attributes and overall finish quality put it in a class of its own at under $300.

    What sets this apart from ANY guitar in the same price range is the body construction. It's a basswood back with a maple top that is FULLY chambered. Pop the control covers off the back and you'll get a great look at a body that is chambered beyond what you'd expect at this price point. What this does for the sound is offer a brilliantly warm acoustic tone (unplugged and amplified). It's very loud and resonant when played unplugged, which makes it great for late night jamming or writing.

    Hardware quality is very good for this price point. Tuners are the same caliber as the Classic Vibe series, which means there's really no need to replace them. The ABR-1 style Adjustomatic bridge is nice. The electronics feature full size 500K pots and a Switchcraft style 3-way toggle for the pickups. There's no need for upgrades here unless you plan on gigging this guitar on a nightly basis for an extended period of time and want the reassurance of extreme long term durability.

    Fit and finish is excellent. Superior to the Epiphone LP guitars I've seen and played in-store. Fretwork is very nice, but I took 20 minutes and polished the frets to a glass-like mirror finish during the 1st string change. Nut is also very nicely cut, but I cleaned up the slots a bit with some 2500 grit sandpaper then lubricated them with nut sauce. The guitar stays in perfect tune once the strings are stretched in.

    Sound is excellent as well. These "gretsch" humbuckers give the LP fatness with a bit a Fender tone mixed in. A great tone that is unique and fits well with many styles music, from country to hard rock.

    I've owned $2000+ Gibsons and Fenders, so this isn't my first rodeo. I bought this when I was downsizing gear for a business venture and needed something to fill the broad Fender to Gibson gap. Surprisingly, this little $299 gem fit the bill perfectly. Highly recommended.

  • Dan Dezio
    from Levittown, NY February 27, 2014Music Background:
    Guitarist, drummer, song writer, recording engineer.

    ABSOLUTELY UNREAL!!!!!

    So I called my sales engineer about a hi hat stand I ordered, told him I was in the market for a new guitar l Didn't know which one, just wanted to not get another cheap, decently priced average guitar. Wanted something to go with my vox ac30 I bought a few months ago. He mentioned this guitar... I was on the fence a bit cause it's $300 and that's the price range i felt would show weak results... Wow, was I wrong!


    Devin my sales engineer never let's me down, absolutely PERFECT recommendation. We have spent a lot of time talking on the phone before about the types of music we are into and such. So he knows the type of sound I like to make, said this would be be awesome for my sound, and he was right, so blown away, the action is effortless, nice a tight set up, feels solid. Great for any type of music as far as I can tell, I use it for mostly post rock, ambient shoegaze type music!

    I was expecting to be iffy about the sound cause I am not the biggest fan of humbuckers, because I feel the sound can get quite muddy, but I am very pleased with this sound of this guitar, I own some high end boutique pedals, and this guitar sounds better than anything I have ever owned. Hands down..


    I rarely do reviews, but I loved this guitar so much I feel anyone who passes by should definitely check it out . Cause it looks, feels, and sounds like a $1000-$1500 guitar EASILY!

  • Ken
    from Coldwater MI May 21, 2012Music Background:
    Guitar player 49 years

    Who needs a Gibson?

    I had my heart set on a Gibson Les Paul 60s tribute studio until my wife had me try this beauty out. It has a chambered body like the gibby but the finish on this guitar is awsome. The pups have that gretsch growl and cleans much like the p-90s. Tone wise this guitar blows them away!!!! I tried it out on tube and moeling amps and sounded great on both. I ended up buying the last one they had in stock that day(lucky me) which happened to be the one that I had been trying out for the last month. Sweetwater made me a great deal that day and were very accomindating to me. THANK YOU SWEETWATER FOR BEING THERE FOR ME!!!!!

  • Robert
    from Austin, TX January 28, 2014Music Background:
    Semi-Pro Musician

    Great guitar for the money

    This is my first sub $1,000 guitar in a few years. I have to say I was more impressed than I thought I would be. I generally play single coil Telecasters, so I needed something with a little more bottom end. This delivered for the price. In order to make it a great guitar, you will spend money getting this thing ready for sure.

    Pros
    1. Price
    2. Finish: Beautiful
    3. Feels great in my hands
    4. Frets were not jagged as on most cheap guitars.

    Cons
    1. Pickups can run a little muddy at times, will be replacing these soon
    2. The pots are horrible and you will need to replace these pretty quickly
    3. Had some issues with the nut off the bat pinching the strings (making tuning a pain when playing live). Just needed to add some graphite and it is a LITTLE better
    4. Tuners are horrible, something else you will want to replace. Will not keep in tune for more then 1 or 2 songs.

    Overall, you can't beat the price and I have ZERO regrets picking this up. Sure, you will throw a few hundred in to it to get it up to par, but this guitar is worth it. A better option then a Squire or Epiphone in my opinion.

  • steve
    from New York January 5, 2016Music Background:
    Long time guitar player/acquirer!

    Craftsmanship, looks Si....Sound NO

    I recently got the silver Jet Clup. It's gorgeous, seems well crafted and I like the feel of the neck. Unfortunately the sound sucks. The treble pickup has a disturbing microphonic echo type of sound to it. The other pickup isn't very appealing either. I simply could not get a tone I like as much as the tones of ANY of my other (approximately 20) electrics.

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