Modern Gretsch Guitars

Sweet Pear of Gretsch bookends

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(apologies for the pun)

I had been looking at Gretsch Jets and Double Jets for a while, in spite of finding a deal on a New Jet (which has since become a favorite).

Then I saw one of the aspen green Pro Jets that Gretsch produced for Sweetwater, and couldn't resist picking it up.

I really liked the subtlety of that finish on my first Gretsch hollow-body.
Kind of a muted minty pear color, 'aspen' seems more evocative than accurate. The only other color of those that grabs me is the black or fairlane blue, but those aren't nearly as common as the aspen models when shopping for deals.

.. Admittedly, at first I thought it kind of wanky to have matching Gretsches. Until I saw Jack White with a pair of caddy greens at a recent fundraiser. A Gretsch hollow-body and a matching Jet on the side.

Well hell, if it's cool with Jack, it's okay with me.

Out of curiosity I contacted Sweetwater to get an idea of how many of these were in the run. Evidently there were about 60 g5435tg produced exclusively for Sweetwater.

Variant bonus.

.. Now I'm feeling compelled to name them, though.

Bark & Bite

Itchy & Scratchy

Simon & Garfunkel

Starsky & Hutch

.. I could do this all day ..

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Love that Aspen Green. Good on ya!

You'd have to do a custom shop to get a Falcon in that color, though.

4

Oooo...I didn't know they had an Aspen Green Jet.

Sweet pair, indeed!

Congrats!

5

A smaller, slimmer one and a big round one? Stan (Laurel) and Ollie (Hardy)!

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Oooo...I didn't know they had an Aspen Green Jet.

Sweet pair, indeed!

Congrats!

– crowbone

Thanks crowbone! I usually like when guitar makers produce limited runs and dealer exclusives, this being no exception.
Another example is the offset Telecasters that Fender produced for Chicago Music Exchange. Those are really nice guitars.

Sweetwater responds to their customers personally, so I figured I could get some more specific info on the Aspen Pro Jets.
They were prompt to reply with a headcount of 60 in the run.

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A smaller, slimmer one and a big round one? Stan (Laurel) and Ollie (Hardy)!

– Parabar

Oh definitely. Me being an old comedy nerd, I also flashed on 'Bud & Lou' (Abbott & Costello).

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Do they play or sound any different?

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Do they play or sound any different?

– NJBob

Definitely. The necks on both feel similar, comfy profile and great action.

Otherwise, especially played clean, the g5420 has fuller hollow-body tones compared to the Pro Jet (as expected), but they both have their own unique range, even when played dirtier.

I'm already a fan of the blacktop Filtertrons, so I was pretty stoked to hear the subtle differences on both.

10

Great looking guitars!

12

Fraternal twins like Arnold and Danny. Congrats

13

Oh definitely. Me being an old comedy nerd, I also flashed on 'Bud & Lou' (Abbott & Costello).

– Edison

Penn & Teller

Key & Peele

Bob & Ray

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I like the musical pairings too, if a bit 'on the nose'. Already mentioning Simon & Garfunkel.

Mick & Keef

Phil & Don

Santo & Johnny

.. I'm sure I'll go with something that fits.

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Penn & Teller

Key & Peele

Bob & Ray

– wabash slim

Bob & Ray. Some would call that a deep pull. but I do love those guys.

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A nice pair of guitars. Congrats.

How about Sam & Dave.

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Bob & Ray. Some would call that a deep pull. but I do love those guys.

– Edison

The Smythe brothers? Hell yeah!

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Clearly since there's a ProJet and an Electromatic, you have Proton and Electron.

Or, since both are mint-flavored, Ben & Jerry.

Or Tom & Jerry
Tom & Dick
George & Gracie
Rowan & Martin
Roy & Dale
Heckle & Jeckle
Jekyll & Hyde
Frank & Stein
Victor-Victoria
Master & Blaster
Goob & Gome
Yinifred & Yangston
Nickel & Dime
Bells & Whistles
Venus & Mars
Stürm und Drang
Rinse & Repeat
Shave & Haircut
Tip & Top
Nick & Tuck
Push & Shove
Spray & Wipe
Rootin & Tootin
Beans & Rice
Pork & Beans
Here & There
Thesis / Antithesis
Mass & Energy
Whoop & Holler
Bread & Butter
Thunder & Lightning
Willshe Won'tshe
Hesaid Shesaid
Batman & Robin
Bacon & Eggs
Chicken & Egg
War & Peace
Truth & Consequences
AC & DC
Either / Or
Neither / Nor
Soup & Sandwich
Double & Mint
Trust & Verify
Boom & Bust
Rock & Roll
Heart & Soul
Big & Bang
North & South
East & West
Good, Better....

...uh oh, I guess you need another one.

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Clearly since there's a ProJet and an Electromatic, you have Proton and Electron.

Or, since both are mint-flavored, Ben & Jerry.

Or Tom & Jerry
Tom & Dick
George & Gracie
Rowan & Martin
Roy & Dale
Heckle & Jeckle
Jekyll & Hyde
Frank & Stein
Victor-Victoria
Master & Blaster
Goob & Gome
Yinifred & Yangston
Nickel & Dime
Bells & Whistles
Venus & Mars
Stürm und Drang
Rinse & Repeat
Shave & Haircut
Tip & Top
Nick & Tuck
Push & Shove
Spray & Wipe
Rootin & Tootin
Beans & Rice
Pork & Beans
Here & There
Thesis / Antithesis
Mass & Energy
Whoop & Holler
Bread & Butter
Thunder & Lightning
Willshe Won'tshe
Hesaid Shesaid
Batman & Robin
Bacon & Eggs
Chicken & Egg
War & Peace
Truth & Consequences
AC & DC
Either / Or
Neither / Nor
Soup & Sandwich
Double & Mint
Trust & Verify
Boom & Bust
Rock & Roll
Heart & Soul
Big & Bang
North & South
East & West
Good, Better....

...uh oh, I guess you need another one.

– Proteus

.. uh oh, Gretsch makes a 5622t in Aspen .. dammit!

Thanks Proteus! RE: AC/DC; NICE. Short and sweet, though open to embellishment (Malcolm & Angus?)

Heckle & Jeckle (prev. mentioned) has a ring to it too. It's an obscure reference but if you don't know it, it doesn't matter.

That said, I appreciate the 'anarchy prankster' vibe that Heckle & Jeckle invokes.

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Naomi & Wynonna? Conway & Loretta? George & Tammy?

24

Frick 'n Frack - nice alliteration.


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