1 Proteus 1 year ago Gretsch does make other guitars, of course, but we all know that the Duo Jet is truly the crown jewel of the line - the one guitar than which, among all the guitars of the world, there are none better.And Gretsch makes a whole dazzling (and possibly confusing) fleet of Jets.There's nothing really new in this post, but I was curious about the details of the 2019 pro-line Jets, and spent a few quality hours with the website and the catalog. Such exercises invariably involve a spreadsheet, wherein I try to make parallel tabular data of the info Gretsch spreads out over multiple pages (rarely providing all the same info for all models). I'll happily send that spreadsheet to anyone who wants it, but I'm going to try to summarize it here.(Note: I'm not including the double-cutaway Double Jet, the Penguin, or Electromatics here. This is not discriminatory: there are just few enough of those that they don't confuse us much. Also, despite what some may think, a Penguin with its forkéd headstock, overbling, and waddling flightless bird bears no resemblance to a Jet.) So. I count 21 or 22 separate current Duo Jet model numbers. Those are spread across three series with distinctly different builds: Players Edition, Vintage Select, and what we might call The Old Stadards.But before I break those down, there are certain characteristics all Jets share - those things which make a Jet a Jet. Those include a 14" (more or less) single-cutaway mahogany body with an arched maple cap, 22-fret mahogany neck at 24.6" scale, and a solid-body form factor and depth (the details of which vary). A word about the body shape. While the great unwashed hordes of the unenlightened may consider the Jet a slightly ungainly attempt to copy the Les Paul, the truth is that the Les Paul is a bloated rendition of the altogether more streamlined Jet-age Jet. With that, let's meet the Jets. First, the critical build differences between the three series: these are the fundamental conditions of these guitars' existence, the things you couldn't change without truly major surgery which would make the guitars different animals entirely.Players Edition These are the "new" Jets (just possibly designed and spec'ed to compete on equal terms with the Les Paul). They have: • 1.85"-deep bodies with "modern" chambering (presumably less than the Vintage Select series) • a shallow neck set putting the neck closer to the top of the body (for a Gibsonier play feel) • "anchored" Adjusto-Matic bridges (ie, threaded receivers in the top into which the bridge studs are screwed) • back contouring of the cutaway and heel for easier upper-fret access • double-coil pickups ONLY (Filter'Tron versions) • modernized wiring harness with vol for each pickup, master vol, and master tone Vintage Select Short of the Custom Shop, these Jets are closer to 50s specs than we've seen since...the 50s. They have: • 2"-deep bodies with the more extensive vintage chambering pioneered in the modern era on the Billy Zoom Jet, and then the Harrison Jet. They actually have less internal woodwork than a larger centerblock Gretsch. • the traditional higher neck set which accommodates floating bridges and surface-mounted pickups • a variety of traditional Gretsch bridge types, but always on separate floating bases • either single-coil Dynasonic OR dual-coil Filter'Tron pickups • different wiring harness depending on pickup type Old Standards These are the remnants of what was the Jet line before it bifurcated into Players Edition and Vintage Select. They have more in common with VS than with PE (neck set and floating bridge options, pickup choice, wiring schemes), but are not quite the same. Primarily because they have... • 1.75"-deep bodies, a quarter-inch shallower and with less chambering than the VS series. (I don't know if they have more or less chambering than the PE series.) Now let's break down the options and differences inside the three series.PLAYERS EDITION Remember - all of these have 1.85" depth, modern chambering, shallow neck set, anchored Adjusto-Matics, and "easy-access" profiling on the back of the body. All are also described as having a "Standard U" neck profile, rosewood fingerboard, and medium jumbo frets. All have silver (chrome, nickel, and/or aluminum) hardware, unless otherwise noted below. Within that build, there are two groups.The 6228 PE Stoptail group Jets all have: • BroadTron 65 pickups • V-stop tailpiece • Gotoh keystone-shaped locking tuners • Block fret markers • Scripty headstock logo Model numbers include: • 6228 PE: Silver Sparkle • 6228 PE BT: Candy Apple Red, Black, Cadillac Green, or Dark Cherry Metallic; gold pickup bezels and pickguard • 6228LH PE: left-handed; Cadillac Green; gold pickup bezels and pickguard • 6228FM PE: figured and stained flame maple tops in Crimson, Bourbon, or Dark Cherry The 61xx PE Bigsby group all have: • High Sensitive Filter'Tron pickups • Bigsby B7CP with tension bar and string-through axle • Gotoh "squared oval" locking tuners • Neoclassic fret markers • Standard T-roof headstock logo Models in the Bigsby group: • 6131 PE FT: Firebird Red (6131 seems reserved for red guitars) • 6129 PE: Silver Sparkle • 6128T PE FT: Black • 6128LH PE FT: left-handed; Black • 6129 PE LE: Light Blue Pearl (limited edition) VINTAGE SELECT All with 2" body depth, vintage chambering, traditional neck set, floating bridges, Bigbsy B3CB Bigsby-logoed tailpiece, and open-back Grover Sta-Tite tuners. All but one are listed with medium jumbo frets (size isn't specified for the Harrison Jet). Again, hardware is assumed silver in color unless noted.DynaSonics • 6128T-57 VS CG (based on the 1957 Jet): Cadillac Green; TV Jones T-Armonds; U neck profile; rosewood fretboard with humpblock markers; SynchroSonic bridge on plastic base; Bigsby B3CBDE with cast Duane Eddy handle; arm rest; gold hardware; wiring: 2 vol, master vol, master tone, 3-way switch • 6128T-53 VS (based on the 1953 Jet): Black; TVJ T-Armonds; U neck profile, rosewood board with block markers; Bigsby compensated aluminum bridge; Bigsby B3C "Patent Pending" tailpiece (without black paint in body); scripty logo; wiring: 2 vol, master vol, master tone, 3-way switch • 6128T-GH Harrison Sig (not officially a VS model, but its specs fit here): Black; Gretsch Dynasonics; rosewood board with humpblocks; Rocking Bar Bridge; Bigsby B3C; Sta-Tite V98 tuners; wiring: 2 vol, master vol, master tone, 3-way switch FilterTrons • 6129T-59 VS (based on the 1959 Jet): Silver Sparkle or Black; TV Jones Classic Filter'Trons; vintage V neck profile; ebony fretboard with neoclassics; Space Control bridge; Bigsby B3CB; wiring: 2 vol, master vol, 3-way tone switch, 3-way pickup switch OLD STANDARDS All with 1.75" body depth and the more limited chambering which typified all modern Jets (with the exception of the Billy Zoom sig model) through the 2013 season when the Harrison Jet was introduced. The more extensive chambering of the BZ and the GH may have crept into other models in the line between 2013 and 2017 (or was it 18?) when the Vintage Select officially debuted. All the Old Standards have floating bridges, the Bigsby B3C V-Gretsch wiggler and open-back Sta-Tites (unless noted). Neck profile and fret size (with 3 exceptions) are not specified for these guitars.DynaSonics • 6128TCG: Cadillac Green; Gretsch Dynasonics; "Vintage" frets; rosewood board with humpblocks; SynchroSonic bridge; gold hardware • 6129T-1957: Silver Sparkle; Gretsch Dynasonics; rosewood board with humpblocks; Space Control bridge FilterTrons • 6129T: Silver Sparkle, High Sensitive FilterTrons; ebony board with neoclassics; Space Control bridge • 6128T: Black; High Sensitive FilterTrons; ebony board with neoclassics; Space Control bridge • G6121-1959 Chet Jet: Western Maple (Gretsch orange); High Sensitive FilterTrons; ebony board with neoclassics; Rocking Bar Bridge; zero fret• 6128T-TVP PowerJet: Black; TV Jones PowerTrons; medium jumbo frets; ebony board with neoclassics; pinned floating Adjusto-Matic; Gotoh locking tuners • 6131T-TVP PowerJet: Firebird Red; TV Jones PowerTrons; medium jumbo frets; ebony board with neoclassics; pinned floating Adjusto-Matic; Gotoh locking tuners; Schaller strap locks One last Jet may fit either into the Vintage Select or the Old Standards series, depending on its body depth (and thus extent of chambering), a spec the website doesn't provide. If it's 2" deep and VS-chambered, it might be the top wantable of the whole Jet line for me. If it's 1.75"...well, I'd still like it.• 6129T-RDSP-LTD15: Red Sparkle (limited edition); body depth, neck profile, and fret size unspecified; ebony fretboard with block markers; floating Rocking Bar; Bigsby B3C; Sta-Tite V98 tuners; scripty logo I don't think Gretsch has remaining stock of these. Gretsch's specs don't tell us which guitars have the traditional plastic Nitron tops, but in standard practice that would include black 50s-era Jets, Silver (and red) Sparkle, Firebird Red, and of course Light Blue Pearl. It would be nice to have that verified. And there you go, guys. Scramble your Jets!