Gretsch G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby (HH) Solidbody Electric Guitar (Discontinued)
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Established back in 1883, Gretsch have helped shape music as we know it today, used by a long list of iconic guitarists that include Chet Atkins, John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles, Elvis Presley and many more.
The company maintains its distinct old school appeal up to this day, their designs have been made more affordable via the Electromatic line.
While they are well known for their hollow body guitars, the Gretsch G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby was their top rated solidbody offering in the sub $500 price bracket. It features a basswood body with arched laminated maple top, two Blacktop Filter'Tron humbucker pickups for authentic Gretsch tones, and a Bigsby Licensed B50 vibrato tailpiece which expands playability and adds to the overall visual charm of the instrument.
- Body: Basswood with Arched Laminated Maple Top
- Finish: Black (Pictured), Gold
- Bridge: Bigsby Licensed B50 Vibrato Tailpiece
- Neck Pickup: Blacktop Filter'Tron Humbucker
- Bridge Pickup: Blacktop Filter'Tron Humbucker
- Neck: Maple (Standard Jet Shape)
- Scale Length: 24.6”
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 12”
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Nut Width: 1.6875”
- Controls: 3-volume (Neck, Bridge & Master), 1-tone
- Pickup Selector: 3-way toggle switch
Many guitarists were instantly hooked with the G5435T's premium look and excellent build quality, even experts found the feel and appeal of the guitar to be similar to instruments that are three to four times more expensive. Be it for modern rock, old school rockabilly, blues, and even jazz, players of different musical styles found themselves impressed with this guitar's playability and sound. Many experienced players comment that the Blacktop Filter'Tron pickup allows it to match if not beat the sound of other more expensive solidbody guitars.
There were a few who were used to conventional humbuckers that found the sound of the Filtertron pickup to be "different", but this is more of a personal preference than an issue. Aside from one user who reported upgrading the tuners, there are no other notable complaints.
If you are into the Gretsch style and sound, or if you are simply looking for an old school looking versatile instrument, then the Gretsch G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby is highly recommended.
If you can't find one for sale then take a look at our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Electric Guitars Under $500.
Check out the demo video below to see and hear the Gretsch G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby in action: