Gretsch G5438 Pro Jet - Gold

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Chambered Basswood Body, Maple Top, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Filter'Tron Pickups - Gold
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The Distinctively Different Guitar

The Gretsch G5438 Pro Jet is a solidbody electric guitar for the unconventional guitarist. If you march to your own drummer, you don't want to be seen (and heard) with the same axe everyone else plays. Enter the distinctively different G5438 Pro Jet. Gretsch started with a chambered basswood body and maple top, then loaded in two "Blacktop" Filter'Tron pickups, for great gobs of glassy grunt. With comfy playability, affordability, and unique sonics and visuals in its corner, the Gretsch G5438 Pro Jet is a contender for your next guitar.

Gretsch G5438 Pro Jet Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Your Sonic Arsenal Needs a Pro Jet
  • Be different
  • Gretsch's legacy in American music
Your Sonic Arsenal Needs a Pro Jet

If you're a recording guitarist, you've probably got more than one guitar - and you treasure each one for its unique tonality and playing feel. Consider this: the Gretsch Pro Jet - with its chambered body - has a sound and feel all its own. Twin Filter'Tron pickups deliver a glassy chime that you'd be hard pressed to duplicate with any other guitar - and when pushed, they churn out a guttural grind that's tailor-made for causing your amp some serious pain. Regardless of your musical genre, you need the Gretsch G5438 Pro Jet in your sonic palette.

Be different

Hey, you don't want to sound and look like everyone else, do you? Then you certainly don't want to play the same guitars! The Gretsch G5438 Pro Jet is an axe for the iconoclast; the musician who isn't afraid to think outside the box. Fact: if you venture onstage with a G5438 Pro Jet, you're not going to be mistaken for the guitarist in the act that took the stage the night before. With its vintage-y quirky-cool visuals this Pro Jet announces to your fans that they're about to hear something off the beaten path. (Once you've set the expectations, of course, now it's up to you to deliver!)

Gretsch's legacy in American music

The Gretsch G5438 Pro Jet electric guitar is a proud part of Gretsch's legacy in American music. Everyone knows Gretsch electric guitars and drums, but did you know that got their start in 1883 as a banjo company? It wasn't long before Gretsch was making mandolins, ukuleles, and eventually flat-top guitars, contributing to the very roots of American music. So when you pick up a Gretsch guitar, you're holding more than a great axe, you're holding a piece of American music history.

Gretsch G5438 Pro Jet Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Single cutaway basswood body; arched 3-ply maple top; maple neck
  • 12" radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and pearloid hump-block inlays
  • 24.6" scale; 1.6875" nut width
  • Synthetic bone nut; Jet style headstock; 1.875" body depth; Standard Truss Rod
  • "Blacktop" Filter'Tron Bridge Pickup; "Blacktop" Filter'Tron Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle; "G" Arrow control knobs
  • Chrome hardware; anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge; enclosed die-cast tuning machines
Play something distinctively different: the Gretsch G5438 Pro Jet!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Jet
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Basswood
Top Material Maple
Body Finish Urethane
Color Gold
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid hump-block
Number of Frets 22, medium jumbo
Scale Length 24.6"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Synthetic bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Adjusto-Matic bridge/Stoptail
Tuners Enclosed die-cast
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup "Blacktop" Filter'Tron Neck
Bridge Pickup "Blacktop" Filter'Tron Bridge
Controls 1 x master volume, 2 x pickup volume, 1 x tone; 3-position toggle
Strings D'Addario XL110 Regular Light, NPS (.010-.046 Gauges)
Manufacturer Part Number 2517010544

Customer Reviews

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Gold Medal

Absolutely gorgeous guitar. Especially for the price. My daughter absolutely loves it. Just wish the 55 point set up was a bit better. The low E string has a lot of buzz and shoud not have passed. I'm sure I'll get it worked given time. Otherwise fabulous guitar and service.

a very good value for the money - Gretsch G5438 Gold Top

This guitar is made in China. The build quality is similar to a Korean made guitar, which in my estimation is EXCELLENT ! The fit and finish are flawless, and I looked very closely for any defects and could not find ANY. The playability is great right out of the box thanks to Sweetwater's inspection / setup and no adjustments were needed. This guitar has that true Gretsch tone and the blacktop Filtertron pickups sound top notch, clean when played lightly and they have that 'grind' when pushed -- nice !! The body and neck have good feel and balance and the Kluson style tuners are tight and responsive. The only issue with this guitar is that it is not well shielded from 60 cycle hum, but I will get out the copper foil and do this myself. All in all this guitar is sweet ! Thanks for reading !
Music background: semi-pro musician

Very NIce!

I am really impressed with this guitar! I now know what the Gretsch tone is all about and it sounds really, really good! This is a great guitar for rythym playing......In clean, or slightly overdriven modes it really shines. I have had a few other guitars in this price range and this is right up there with the best of them.
Music background: Active Musician
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