Gretsch guitars have always been cool, but they’ve also soundtracked some of the greatest moments in music history.
Lest we forget it was Gretsch Country Gent that Beatle George Harrison played on the 9 February 1964 edition of the Ed Sullivan Show that changed the world; Malcolm Young’s Gretsch Jet Firebird that provided the rhythmic backbone to countless AC/DC tracks; and Stray Cat Brian Setzer wouldn’t be seen dead with anything less than a Gretsch G6120.
The source of the Stream
The Streamliner name is relatively obscure compared to Country Gentleman, Duo Jet and the like...
“The original Streamliner was the precursor to the legendary Chet Atkins model 6120. It seemed fitting to revisit the name with these guitars, almost as if the line had a 60-year pause. Also, compared with a White Falcon or 6120, these new guitars are relatively stripped-down, or ‘streamlined’.”
All mod cons
How wary is Gretsch about straying too far from its successful formula?
“Our brand identity is everything to us! These are modern, versatile guitars for today’s players that can cover every style from jazz through to hard rock that are 100 per cent Gretsch both visually and tonally.”
Spec-wise, you loaded the new Streamliners with full-sized humbuckers as opposed to a classic DeArmond single coil or Filter’Tronstyle humbucking pickups...
How would you describe the tone of these guitars compared with a classic Filter’Tron-equipped Gretsch?
“The Broad’Tron pickups have a high output that is ideal for current music styles, and of course the Center-Block models are great for higher-gains as they’re more resistant to feedback. A classic Filter’Tron will have more clarity and punch, with a tighter low end and clear highs, but then, that’s how they compare with any full-size humbucker!”