In a music store the other day and noticed a Gretsch G2420 that had just landed there. I liked the sunburst color, the weight. What I really liked was the action. You couldn't get the strings any closer and not buzz. The neck had a nice D shape to is as opposed to a U...I don't really know the difference, just seemed flatter and wider (but not too wide) than the Ibanez guitars I had played in the same price range.
The pickups are humbuckers and sounded good. All frets rang true and I really liked the guitar. It's one of those times you pick up a guitar and can't find anything wrong with it...Since I rarely do impulse buys on a guitar model I never heard of, I decided to wait and read reviews. Lo and behold there were very few online because the model is so new. ( I think now there are a couple of Youtube videos) It's made in Indonesia if that matters, it is made well.
About a month later I ordered one. The music store was in another city and too far to drive, plus there was a nice price on it. It arrived and I've been playing it a couple of weeks now. The first thing I noticed is the weight is about a pound more than the one at the store. Still had the incredible action though.
Attached to the strings is a little card indicating the person that set it up at the factory and what they did. Which is a nice affect. So when you read they come set up, it's true.
The body is a laminate. I think this may have something to do with the weight not being posted anywhere. I've been told by a rep that it can fluctuate but not by much and that is what I've encountered.
I must say, I've never had a hollow body electric like this so I'm limited on my review comparing it to a more expensive Gretsch model. But to get in to the Gretsch line of hollow body guitars for around $450 is fine by me.
I'm sort of blues guitar player that knows some jazz chords and this guitar fits the bill. I can finger pick with ease on this model also for the acoustic blues type stuff. Plus the way the neck is I can do the jazz scale runs effortlessly and all notes ring true. Most of the other hollow and semi-hollow body guitars in the price range that was not the case.
Sounds excellent through my 66 Vibro Champ amp!
UPDATE: 2 mo. later. Still very happy with the guitar. Put D'Addario chromes ECG23 extra light flat wounds on it and it immediately jazzed up the sound. Has a unique jazz sound, took the rickenbacker/gretsch high end sustain out of it which is good. I can always go back to that if I want. The chromes also stay in tune extremely well. They are a bit on the pricey side compared to run of the mill electric strings but if they last awhile, it's worth it.
The only downside of the Gretsch G2420 guitar after playing if for weeks now is the pickup selector switch rattles sometimes. The pole piece that you click between pickups rattles from vibration. Doesn't come out through the amp, I just notice it sometimes when playing.
Probably one of the places Gretsch cut corners to be able to bring the guitar in at this price point. Or this could be normal for a lot of hollow body electrics. Certain items on them tend to vibrate and you have to hunt them down and secure.
Update 2: I've had this guitar awhile and still very happy with it. Got a reverb pedal for my 66 champ and very happy with the sound. The guitar stays in tune like a tank...of course with flatwound strings I'm not going to be bending a lot of notes but there are many times I can play this guitar for hours put it down, pick it up and it's right in tune. I'm using my ear and a snark to verify. It does on occasion after sitting all night go up a bit in tune across the strings but there has been a lot of humidity swings here in Florida lately so I would suspect the weather.
Could also be the strings I put on it could be another reason it's staying in tune so well. The D'Addario Chromes ECG23 extra light gauge...10-48...I will go to the regular lights in the same string line as soon as I build my finger muscles up a little. I saw they were voted best for jazz in a jazz guitar poll at one of the major jazz players site.
Mainly what I'm saying is this is a nice guitar, check it out. I would love to hear from someone else looking at these guitars. I need to pick up a case now, using a heavily padded soft case right now but rarely leaving the house but that will change.
Gretsch G2420 Streamliner Single Cutaway Hollowbody Aged Brooklyn Burst
Model Name: G2420 Streamliner™ Hollow Body with Chromatic II, Broad'Tron™ Pickups, Aged Brooklyn Burst
Series: Gretsch® Streamliner Collection
Color: Aged Brooklyn Burst
Body Shape: Streamliner™ Hollow Body
Bracing: Parallel Bracing
Body Binding: White with Black Purfling
Body Material: Laminated Maple
Body Finish: Gloss
Body Back: Arched Laminated Maple
Body Top: Arched Laminated Maple
Neck Material: Nato
Neck Shape: Thin "U"
Neck Binding: White ABS
Scale Length: 24.75" (629 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
Neck Plate: NA
Neck Finish: Gloss
Position Inlays: Pearloid Block
Bridge Pickup: Broad'Tron Humbucker
Neck Pickup: Broad'Tron
Controls: Volume 1. Neck Pickup, Volume 2. Bridge Pickup, Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge And Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: HH
Bridge: Adjusto-Matic, Secured Rosewood Base
Tuning Machines: Die-Cast, Nickel
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Gold Vintage-Style
Strings: Nickel Plated Steel .010-.046