Check out the entire Gretsch guitar range for 2021

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Check out the entire Gretsch guitar range for 2021

Words by Will Brewster

Everything new to the Gretsch stable this year.

Joining in on the onslaught of gear announcements, Gretsch have revealed details of all new models to be introduced in 2021, with the brand’s 2021 range covering everything from budget hollowbodys to vintage reissues and beyond. Let’s check out the new additions.

Gretsch Streamliner Collection 2021

The Gretsch Streamliner Collection, a longstanding favourite for beginner and cash-strapped players, has been bolstered with five new models.

There’s two different takes on the G2622T-P90 Streamliner Center Block Double-Cut – one with a Bigsby and one with a V-Stoptail bridge – featuring a 12″ chambered mahogany body with a spruce centre block and Fideli’Sonic P90 pickups, while new ‘radio arrow’ control knobs, pickup bezels and aged white binding add a classy touch to the instrument.

Similarly, the G2655T-P90 Streamliner Centre Block Jr. is also available in Bigsby and V-Stoptail variants, and features similar specs to its larger brethren with the exception of a smaller 14″ body. These guitars boast a bound nato neck with 22 frets, while the 12″ radius fretboard is crafted from laurel for a rosewood-like feel.

For a classic Gretsch aesthetic, the Streamliner series also offers the bulky G2410TG, with a pair of high-output Broad’Tron BT-2S pickups delivering a tighter bass response and those iconic jangly mids and highs. A Bigsby B60 tailpiece is included, and there’s even gold hardware to gawk at as well.

Gretsch Electromatic Collection 2021

Moving up a tier, the Electromatic range plays host to three new models inspired by classic Gretsch designs.

The G5410T Limited Edition Electromatic Tri-Five Hollow Body Single-Cut with Bigsby provides players with a fully hollow body and thin 2.5″ body, with humbucking Black Top Filter’Tron pickups offering a myriad of tones. It’s fitted with a standard Gretsch control layout and rosewood neck, while appointments such as as oversized F-holes, an Adjusto-Matic bridge with rosewood base and a Graph Tech NuBone nut distinguish the G5410T from the rest of the bunch.

Next, there’s the G5622 Electromatic Centre Block, which is available in Bigsby and V-Stoptail variants and a range of eye-catching finishes. These guitars boast a double cutaway maple body with a chambered spruce centre block, and feature similar appointments to the G5410T, bar the addition of Black Top Broad’Tron humbuckers.

Gretsch Limited Edition Collection 2021

Representing the brand’s top end, the Gretsch Limited Edition Collection for 2021 is comprised of three classic designs: the Falcon, Penguin and Tennessee.

With its iconic Falcon shape being complemented by a sweet Two-Tone Copper/Sahara Metallic finish, the Limited Edition G6136T Falcon with Bigsby promises to be a winner. It’s fitted with two TV Jones Ray Butts Full Fidelity pickups and ‘Squeezebox’ paper-in-oil caps for its tone and volume controls, while Grover Imperial tuners, chrome hardware, a string-thru Bigsby B6CP ‘rocking’ ebony bar bridge and bone nut round out what looks to be a stellar instrument.

For something totally unique, the Gretsch Limited Edition Collection offers the G6134T Penguin Koa. It’s got a chambered mahogany body with arched Koa top and headstock, while a set mahogany neck promises enhanced sustain. TV Jones TV Classic pickups sit pretty in the neck and bridge positions, while jewels control knobs, mother-of-pearl fretboard inlays, tortoiseshell appointments and gold hardware top off this eye-catching guitar.

Additionally, there’s the G6119TG-62RW-LTD Limited Edition ‘62 Rosewood Tenny based on the longstanding Tennessee model, with a rosewood top, back and sides providing a unique take on the Gretsch tone. Appointments include a rocking bar Bigsby B6G bridge and TV Jones TV Classic humbuckers – finished in gold, of course – while Grover tuners and a vintage bone nut round out this all-rosewood creation.

Gretsch Players Edition Collection 2021

Sitting in between the Electromatic and Limited Edition Series, the 2021 Players Edition range sees Gretsch pay tribute to Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell with a cool G6129T-89VS, as well as a fancy G6228TG-PE Jet BT for good measure.

Decked out with gold hardware and Gretsch Broad’Tron BT65 pickups, the G6228TG-PE Jet BT is an absolute stunner of a guitar. A 1.85″ mahogany chambered body with maple top provides a smooth tone, while unique appointments include a lowered neck set with full-access cutaway and tapered heel, Squeezebox paper-in-oil capacitors and individual pickup volume controls.

Finally, there’s the 6128T-89VS Vintage Select ’89 Duo Jet models, available in Gold Sparkle, Silver Sparkle and Black finishes. A tip of the cap to the Gretsch Duo Jet favoured by Chris Cornell in the early ’90s, these models feature a period-correct chambered mahogany body with TV Jones TV Classic neck and TV Classic Plus bridge pickups, while a maple set-neck, 12″ radius rosewood fretboard with pearloid inlays and Bigsby tailpiece round out this fitting tribute model.

Head to Gretsch to find out more about the 2021 series today.