Description

Arriving to the shop a few mornings ago, this beautifully relic'd 2007 Duo Jet was relaxing on one of the shop couches - it had arrived late in the day so not everyone was aware it was here. "Ooooh, look at that thing!" Even in a pre-coffee/morning stupor, we still can't resist a great looking guitar!

Tossing the coat aside as quickly as possible, a few of us settled in to take it for a spin. Unbeknownst to us, this was a reissue Duo Jet built by lauded Gretsch master-luthier, Stepen Stern, not a vintage Duo Jet as suspected. 

Not only did he nail the look with incredibly tasteful aging, he absolutely nailed the feel that old Gretsch guitars have. There's a certain feel to a Grestch - anyone who's played a great vintage one will probably get what we're trying to say...It's hard to describe, but they aren't super buttoned up, overly meticulous, or sterile. They're full of soul, character, killer tones, and are a little funky. Not dissimilar from the equally great student model guitars from the 50s-60s. Simply put, this guitar doesn't feel like a modern recreation to us - it has that vintage soul nailed. 

This Duo Jet is lightweight (7lbs 9oz), very resonant, and setup perfectly for this style of guitar. The neck is slender but comfy and the vintage fret wire (read: skinny and small) no doubt lends to the vintage feel of this guitar.

Loving the Duncan DynaSonic style pickups. They have elements of a P90 to them, elements of a Rickenbacker "toaster" pickup....they're cool and different from a Fender or Gibson sound you may be used to. Given the range of players that are famous for slinging a Duo Jet - George Harrison, Billy Zoom, Gene Vincent, Neil Finn - you can play 50s era clean or crank the Marshall and be equally pleased with the results. 

In our guitar world-view, electric guitars don't get much cooler than a Gretsch. We're sold! Priced with hardshell case.

On consignment, no trades please. 

 

Specs

  • 50’s style chambered single-cutaway mahogany body, 13-1/4” wide and 1-3/4” deep; it is my understanding that the Custom Shop 50's renditions of the Jet are chambered more than 90% whereas those made outside the U.S. are typically chambered 65-70% (unverified)
  • Arched 3-ply laminate Maple top
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer; black top; walnut-stained back and sides
  • Chrome-plated hardware (except the tailpiece)
  • Seymour Duncan® DynaSonic™ neck and bridge pickups
  • Vintage original 50’s Melita Synchro-Sonic bridge
  • Bigsby B11 Vibrato tailpiece
  • Grover® V98G Sta-TiteTM die-cast tuners
  • 1-piece Mahogany neck
  • 24.6” scale length
  • 1-11/16” nut width
  • Rosewood fingerboard, 12” radius
  • 22 frets
  • 3-position pickup selector switch (neck p/u, neck and bridge p/u’s, bridge p/u)
  • Master, neck p/u, and bridge p/u volume knob controls; tone knob control
  • Custom relic’d finish intended to render natural wear from years of use, including nicks, scratches, oxidized hardware; aged vintage hump block inlay position markers, pearloid Gretsch® logo on head stock, and binding
  • Silver plexi pickguard
  • Knurled strap retainer knobs
  • 7lbs 9oz

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