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Gretsch Guitars will always be best known for its big fat semi-acoustic guitars like the 6120 and the White Falcon played by legends like Eddie Cochran and Brian Setzer. The company also produced a range of solidbody guitars with names like the Princess, Bikini, Astro-Jet and the Corvette.
Our Corvette comes courtesy of the Electromatic range instigated to bring some big bucks retro cool to folk on a budget. Considering its price, the spec is high with a solid mahogany body, glued-in neck, good quality Mega-Tron pickups and a licensed Bigsby vibrato.
If everyone you know is playing an SG, the Corvette offers a similar spec with a touch of individuality. Tuning can wander a bit thanks to the glued-in neck, but that unobtrusive neck joint does provide superb access to the upper frets.
Plugged in clean the Corvette jangles like any good ‘60s axe should. It also loves light overdrive and old-school fuzz, but it did squeal a bit when we pushed the distortion too high. We can’t imagine many shredders picking this guitar up anyway, so that’s fine.
You get a lot of ‘60s vibe for the money here. And with prices as low as £429 online, it’s even more desirable. If you’re looking for a class axe with a style all of its own you should take a look at the Electromatic Corvette.
Pros: stylish looks, vintage tones.
Cons: tuning stability.
Buy: Gretsch Electromatic Corvette is currently available from Thomann.