Gretsch may be fabled for their hollow body guitars, but their solid body offerings are certainly not to be overlooked. The ‘Jet’ has long embodied the Gretsch aesthetic, offering different tones to its bigger bodied family members. From the Players Edition line of guitars, the G6228 combines Gretsch handiwork in a solid body guitar that can handle more than a few styles of playing.
The G6228 sits higher up the Gretsch pricing tree than other models, with a selection of premium features. A mahogany chambered body is coupled with a maple top, and mahogany is again used for the neck with a rosewood fingerboard. Hardware-wise, you’ll find Gotoh locking tuners, a stoptail and adjusto-matic bridge, and Broad’Tron pickups. You’d be hard pressed to fault the finish and looks of the G6228 – this model came in a Dark Cherry Metallic that looks classy and restrained, with a hint of sparkle to add some flair. The whole look comes together beautifully with the V-Stoptail, block pearloid inlays, vintage-style small button tuners, classic Gretsch knobs and switches, and the gold scratch plate and pickup surrounds. A TKL hardcase is also included as standard.
Firstly, I love the weight of the G6228. The chambered body really makes a difference and the guitar is super comfortable to play (unlike the sore shoulder syndrome from other well known, single cut carved tops). Again, Gretsch have gone for a U-shaped neck that’s chunky enough to hold onto for open chords, yet still quick enough to whip around for solos and licks up the fretboard.
Warm, round clean tones sound great on the front pickup, while the middle position and bridge will give you more bite – good for funk, old school soul, blues and rock twang. Add some dirt and you’re easily into rootsy vintage rock/R&B territory. The Broad’Tron pickups have some extra bite and focus in the mid-range that will suit many players wanting an alternative to brighter scooped sounds.
I could really see the G6228 being a great single cut alternative, with tones suitable for rock, pop, blues, country and more. The finish and build quality on this particular model is seriously good, and you’ve got a choice of Black and Cadillac Green as colour options. Did I mention the Dark Cherry Metallic finish rocks?
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