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Gretsch puts a modern twist on retro design with its epic 2021 lineup of Players Edition Hollow Body electric guitars

Gretsch Summer NAMM 2021
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Gretsch has unveiled a cornucopia of Player Series Hollow Body electric guitars with an array of eye-catching finishes that'll give many retro-minded tonehound a serious case of Gear Acquisition Syndrome that is sure to last until the new Japanese-made models are released in November.

Besides classic finishes such as Roundup Orange and a couple of Falcons in immaculate white with gold livery, Gretsch has thrown a few curveballs here – most notably on the exquisite Anniversary G6118T Players Edition model with its exquisite Copper Metallic and Sahara Metallic Two-Tone finish.

The big news spec-wise is the debut of the FT-67 Filter’Tron humbuckers, which have been wound to bridge the gap between old-school Gretsch voicings and more contemporary styles, with Gretsch promising a powerful, rounded pickup with “open and pristine top-end chime, glassy midrange, robust low end and balanced harmonics“ – all to sit better in a mix. There is, however, one DynaSonic-equipped model in this roll out.

Elsewhere, you'll find modern bracing patterns alongside a number of player-friendly touches such as rolled fretboard edges and Luminlay side-dot markers – a 21st century touch that you can appreciate from the stage with your audience blissfully unaware. Let's take a closer look and see what Gretsch is saying about them...

G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby, gold hardware, in Midnight Sapphire

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G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru BigsbyGold Hardware Midnight Sapphire

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G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru BigsbyGold Hardware Midnight Sapphire

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G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru BigsbyGold Hardware Midnight Sapphire

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G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru BigsbyGold Hardware Midnight Sapphire

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G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru BigsbyGold Hardware Midnight Sapphire

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PRICE: £3,509 / $3,599.99 / €3,889
GRETSCH SAYS:
“Boasting powerful sound and stage-ready tonal flexibility, this Falcon presents total sophistication – from the Midnight Sapphire or White gloss urethane finish to the gold Grover Imperial locking tuning machines and gold jewelled G-arrow control knobs, to the gold sparkle bound neck, body and F-holes, to the striking pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays and gold vintage thick plexi pickguard with Gretsch and Falcon logos. This model features 'ML' bracing, a comfortable 2.5”-deep maple body and set “U”-shaped maple neck with 25.5” scale length.“


G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby, in Two-Tone Copper Metallic-Sahara Metallic

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Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru BigsbyTwo-Tone Copper Metallic-Sahara Metallic

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Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru BigsbyTwo-Tone Copper Metallic-Sahara Metallic

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Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru BigsbyTwo-Tone Copper Metallic-Sahara Metallic

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Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru BigsbyTwo-Tone Copper Metallic-Sahara Metallic

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Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru BigsbyTwo-Tone Copper Metallic-Sahara Metallic

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PRICE: £2,379 / $2,299.99 / €2,639
GRETSCH SAYS: “A finely tuned modern music machine, this guitar features the vintage Anniversary appointments Gretsch fans desire — from its two-tone finishes (Copper Metallic/Sahara Metallic with silver pickguard or Vintage White/Walnut Stain with a tortoise pickguard) to nickel hardware including Gotoh locking tuning machines and G-arrow control knobs to the white bound body and F-holes and striking pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays. It has a 16”-wide, 2.5”-deep maple body with ML bracing and a set maple “U”-shaped neck with 24.6” scale length and pearloid side dots.“

Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Two-Tone Vintage White-Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Two-Tone Vintage White-Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Two-Tone Vintage White-Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Two-Tone Vintage White-Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Two-Tone Vintage White-Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Two-Tone Vintage White-Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6119T-ET Players Edition Tennessee Rose Electrotone Hollow Body, String-Thru Bigsby, in Deep Cherry Stain

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Gretsch G6119T-ET Players Edition Tennessee Rose Electrotone Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Deep Cherry Stain

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Gretsch G6119T-ET Players Edition Tennessee Rose Electrotone Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Deep Cherry Stain

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Gretsch G6119T-ET Players Edition Tennessee Rose Electrotone Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Deep Cherry Stain

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Gretsch G6119T-ET Players Edition Tennessee Rose Electrotone Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Deep Cherry Stain

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Gretsch G6119T-ET Players Edition Tennessee Rose Electrotone Hollow Body String-Thru Bigsby Deep Cherry Stain

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PRICE: £2,379 / $2,699 / €2,639
GRETSCH SAYS: “If players want to make their performance bloom with unmistakable Gretsch style, this Tennessee Rose is ready to roll – from the Deep Cherry Stain urethane finish to the nickel Gotoh locking tuning machines and nickel G-arrow control knobs to the white bound neck, body and F-holes, striking pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays and silver plexi pickguard with black Gretsch logo. 

“It also has a 16”-wide, 2”-deep maple body with parallel bracing and a set “U”-shaped maple neck with 24.6” scale length. Its Electrotone-body style revisits a vintage design from the 1960s, and its shallow depth, simulated f-holes and sealed top provide additional feedback control and low-end thump.“


G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby and gold hardware, in Azure Metallic 

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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Azure Metallic

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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Azure Metallic

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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Azure Metallic

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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Azure Metallic

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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Azure Metallic

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PRICE: £2,749 / $2,599 / €3,049
GRETSCH SAYS: “This Nashville is ready to bring Music City style to the stage – from the Azure Metallic or Orange Stain [below] gloss urethane finish to the gold Gotoh locking tuning machines and gold G-arrow control knobs to the white bound neck, body and F-holes, striking pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays and gold plexi pickguard with black Gretsch logo and Nashville post sign. It has a 16”-wide, 2.5”-deep maple body with ML bracing design and a set “U”-shaped maple neck with 24.6” scale length.“

G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby, gold hardware, in Orange Stain 

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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body Orange Stain

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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body Orange Stain

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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body Orange Stain

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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body Orange Stain

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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body Orange Stain

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Gretsch G6120TG-LH Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Left-Handed Orange Stain

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gretsch G6120TG-LH Players Edition

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gretsch G6120TG-LH Players Edition

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gretsch G6120TG-LH Players Edition

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gretsch G6120TG-LH Players Edition

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gretsch G6120TG-LH Players Edition

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PRICE: £2,989 / $2,899 / €3,319
GRETSCH SAYS: As per right-handed models.


Gretsch G6120TG-DS Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body DS String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Roundup Orange

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Gretsch G6120TG-DS Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body DS String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Roundup Orange

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Gretsch G6120TG-DS Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body DS String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Roundup Orange

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Gretsch G6120TG-DS Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body DS String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Roundup Orange

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Gretsch G6120TG-DS Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body DS String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Roundup Orange

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Gretsch G6120TG-DS Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body DS String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Roundup Orange

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Gretsch G6120TG-DS Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body DS String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Roundup Orange

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PRICE: £2,839 / $2,699 / €3,149
GRETSCH SAYS: “The only DS model in the Edition, the G6120TG has two DynaSonic pickups, which produce amplified bright, shimmering highs and a defined, rich bass for distinct tone that cuts through the mix. Available in Roundup Orange, this model also features “ML” bracing, a comfortable 2.5”-deep maple body and set “U”-shaped maple neck with 24.6” scale length.“


Gretsch G6122TG Players Edition Country Gentleman Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby, gold hardware, in Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6122TG Players Edition Country Gentleman Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6122TG Players Edition Country Gentleman Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6122TG Players Edition Country Gentleman Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6122TG Players Edition Country Gentleman Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Walnut Stain

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Gretsch G6122TG Players Edition Country Gentleman Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware Walnut Stain

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PRICE: £2,839 / $2,699 / €3,149
GRETSCH SAYS: “A lively playing partner, this Country Gent presents sterling sophistication – from the Walnut Stain gloss urethane finish to the gold Grover Imperial locking tuning machines and gold G-arrow control knobs to the striking pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays and gold vintage pickguard with Gretsch logo. 

“Parallel bracing delivers resonant hollow body sound from the comfortable 2”-deep maple body. The Electrotone-body style revisits a vintage design from the 1960s, and its shallow depth, simulated f-holes and sealed top provide additional feedback control and low-end thump.“


Gretsch G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby, gold hardware, in White

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Gretsch G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware White

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Gretsch G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware White

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Gretsch G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware White

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Gretsch G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware White

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Gretsch G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby Gold Hardware White

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PRICE: £3,509 / $3,599 / €3,889
GRETSCH SAYS:
“Boasting powerful sound and stage-ready tonal flexibility, this Falcon presents total sophistication – from the Midnight Sapphire or White gloss urethane finish to the gold Grover Imperial locking tuning machines and gold jewelled G-arrow control knobs, to the gold sparkle bound neck, body and F-holes, to the striking pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays and gold vintage thick plexi pickguard with Gretsch and Falcon logos. This model features “ML” bracing, a comfortable 2.5”-deep maple body and set “U”-shaped maple neck with 25.5” scale length.“

Gretsch G6136TG-LH Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby, gold hardware, in White

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Gretsch G6136TG-LH Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby and Gold Hardware White

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Gretsch G6136TG-LH Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby and Gold Hardware White

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Gretsch G6136TG-LH Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby and Gold Hardware White

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Gretsch G6136TG-LH Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby and Gold Hardware White

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Gretsch G6136TG-LH Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby and Gold Hardware White

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PRICE: £3,629 / $3,899 / €4,029
GRETSCH SAYS:
“A bold visual and sonic statement, the left-handed G6136TG-LH Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby and Gold Hardware comes in a White gloss urethane finish. This model features “ML” bracing, Grover Imperial locking tuning machines, comfortable 2.5”-deep maple body and set “U”-shaped maple neck with 25.5” scale length.“

These 2021 Player Series models will ship in November and are available to preorder. See Gretsch for more details.

Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.