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Gadzooks! It's Garrett's glorious green Gretsch!

Garrett Dutton – aka G Love of Special Sauce fame – is all about laconic grooves, old-time tones and a bluesy-soul style. And now the lucky so-and-so has a smart new Gretsch to play it with.


Based on the Electromatic Series Corvette (£499), the G Love funks it up with a 'Phily-Green' paintjob – he's from Philadelphia, see – and competition stripe like those iconic cars and guitars of mid-1960s America.

It's well put together – including a decent fret job and set-up – and finished with a big, three-ply white pickguard.

Gretsch just loves hardware, but here things are kept functional with a licensed Bigsby wobble-bar, tune-o-matic-style bridge and useful knurled screw-in strap buttons for added security.

The interesting bit, however, is to do with magnets, bobbins and wire – say hello to TV Jones Power'Tron pickups…

In use

With a relatively thin mahogany body, mahogany neck and all of its 21 frets somewhere east of the cutaways the guitar returns that kind of direct, mid-prominent, woody bark that you might associate with a Gibson SG.

There's not much in the way of low-end bloom and the Bigsby brings an element of twang to the party. With lesser pickups, this could easily be a fairly spiky-sounding guitar, but the excellent TV Jones Power'Tron pickups are slightly warmer and hotter than, for example, the company's Classic and Classic Plus models.

As a result they give the G Love a quality core which is dynamic, responsive and deserving of top amplification.

Hints of LP Junior, hints of Tele and, with a big ol' tremolo and some wang bar, a whole heap of Gretsch – it sounds ace with light to medium gain – though it'll go heavier and darker too.

Summary

This tricked-up Corvette suits G Love's effortless cool just fine and the TV Jones pickups make sure it's not merely an exercise in aesthetics.

Yet £779 – bearing in mind the Chinese build and Electromatic status – may well leave you feeling equally cool around the wallet area. If you're tossing up between a Tele and a Les Paul or SG, you ought to try one.

MusicRadar Rating

3.5 / 5 stars
Pros

General styling. Ace pickups.

Cons

No gigbag or case. £279 more than the standard model.

Verdict

There's a price to pay for the great style and excellent pickups, is it really worth it?

Available Colours

Black

Variable Speed Audition (VSA)

No

A/C Charger Supplied

No

AC Power Supply

Yes

AV Connectivity

6.4mm Mono Jack Plug

Batteries Included

No

Effects

Yes

Monitor Type

Stereo

Type of Practice Equipment

Effects Processor Practice Amp

USB Connection

No

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