Gretsch 5415 Special Jet
This is my 2nd new Gretsch & I love them both! I was a bit baffled at first however. Wasn't sure what to make of them. The word "hybrid" comes to mind. They're not "true" solidbodies in the sense of the word, but they're not real hollowbodies either. Both feature "chambered" body designs, my Pro Jet is an Arched "Goldtop" while this one is a "flat." First the bad news. Humbuckers are a bit noisy & very "touchy," very sensitive. They also tend to be a bit "boomy" at high volumes or with effects kicked. My only complaint & it's controllable. On the positive side, the workmanship, fit & finish, & quality control are beautiful on this instrument! Much so for a so called "lower level" guitar! She's Chinese & it's readily apparent these guys care about what they're doing! From the first 1 or 2 chords played, you know she's a Gretsch! Has a unique voice all her own, but not the deep bassy "twang" their larger hollowbody siblings are known for. I suppose with the right settings you maybe could mimic that somewhat. Plays & sounds beautifully with effects off. I'd suggest her strong hand might be good old school early R & R, R & B. The late great Bo Diddley comes to mind. She's probably capable as a lead providing you can tailor her sound to your band, but she'd be an excellent rhythm or 3rd guitar. Great for early Rock or Rockabilly. This was a "spur of the moment" purchase. Saw it, liked what I saw, placed the order right there! Available in several pinstripe/color schemes, went for blue model #238 as it's my favorite color. This is a limited edition model guitar, but I highly recommend it if you can find one. Sweetwater even threw in a very nice hardshell factory case. Good lookin' out fellas, appreciate ya. Special kudos in order again to Norb B. & the crew at what was got to be one of the finest music outfits in the nation! Been a steady customer w/ Sweetwater since 10/2013 & I've never been disappointed!