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The single pickup, single cutaway Junior Jet I really floated our boat, so we thought it would be cool to have a look at what is one of Gretsch’s most Spartan efforts yet. The Junior Jet II is a solidbody guitar with the confidence to stand alone.
Vintage-style tuners, two Gretsch mini-humbucking pickups, a slab of mahogany, a fat bolt-on maple neck and that’s it. The Electromatic Junior Jet II is a guitar for those who want to stand out. Gretsch players don’t want to join the herd - they’re the ones branding ‘been there, done that’ on the rump of their audience.
The clubby neck profile is a bit like holding a baseball bat, but it’s the responsive retro punch of those pickups that gilds this Gretsch’s lily. A three-position toggle switch lets you switch between them and those macho G-Arrow knobs will roll back the volume and tone.
The Junior Jet won’t do metal, but then it won’t do bland either. Whether its played through some old fuzz, or with a clean-to-overdriven blues tone, this sexy guitar is begging to be strangled.
Pros: Vintage kudos, individualist tone.
Cons: Not the most versatile.