Modern Electromatics

The Electromatics overcame sketchy beginnings to become some of the best values — and best sellers — in Gretsch history.

The line began in 1999 as near clones of the budget Synchromatic and Historic lines. In a single year, Gretsch had unleashed hundreds of different budget-priced, Korean-made guitars and nobody — not even Gretsch —could keep track of all the overlapping models. By the end of 2003 all three lines guitars had been merged into a single (and much-improved) Electromatic line-up.

Since then, the rationalized Electromatic series has continued to improve year over year. They’ve quickly became known as a bonanza for bargain-shopping and mod-happy Gretsch fans.

The Gretsch-GEAR database includes 90 different models and 719 examples in the Modern Electromatics family, including Bo Diddley, CVT III, Double Jet, Electromatic Hollowbody, Elliot Easton Jet, Hollow Body, Hollowbody, Jet Baritone, Jet Bass, Jet Club, Jet Double Neck, Jet Pro, Junior Jet, Junior Jet Bass, Junior Jet Bass II, Junior Jet I, Junior Jet II, Lap Steel, Mini Diddley, Pro Jet, Sparkle Jet, Sparkle Jet with F-Hole, Special Jet and Tim Armstrong Signature models.

Guitar models in the Modern Electromatics group

2101 Junior Jet
Documented years: None

Sunburst finish, 1 P-90 style single coil pickup, 24.75" scale, Electromatic headstock logo, precursor to model 5210 Junior Jet.

2202 Junior Jet Bass
Documented years: 2005 to 2009

Part of the pre-Fender Electromatic line, the 2202 Junior Jet Bass featured a black burst finish and one humbucking pickup. It was Identical to the modern-era Synchromatic model 1212 except for headstock logo.

2210 Junior Jet Bass
Documented years: 2011

The Junior Jet Bass model was revised and updated for 2011-2012. One chrome mini-humbucker pickup, solid basswood single-cutaway body, 30.3" scale length, chrome hardware, Gretsch "G-arrow" control knobs, with a black finish. The 2210 is identical to model 2214 except for finish. None

2214 Junior Jet Bass
Documented years: 2012

The Junior Jet Bass model was revised and updated for 2011-2012. One mini-humbucker pickup, basswood body, maple bolt-on neck, 30.3" scale length, chrome hardware, Gretsch "G-arrow" control knobs. Tobacco Sunburst finish. Identical to model 2210 except for finish.

2220 Junior Jet Bass II
Documented years: None

The Junior Jet Bass II model was revised and updated for 2011-2012. Two mini-humbucker pickups, basswood body, maple bolt-on neck, 30.3" scale length, chrome hardware, Gretsch "G-arrow" control knobs. Black finish. Identical to model 2224 except for finish.

2224 Junior Jet Bass II
Documented years: 2011 to 2014

The Junior Jet Bass II model was revised and updated for 2011-2012. Two mini-humbucker pickups, basswood body, maple bolt-on neck, 30.3" scale length, chrome hardware, Gretsch "G-arrow" control knobs. Tobacco Sunburst finish. Identical to model 2220 except for finish.

2232 Jet Bass
Documented years: 2002

A long-scale, two-pickup, Jet-styled bass. Looks just like the more-common Jr. Jet Bass, only with an extra pickup and a bit more neck. Identical to the Synchromatic 1232 Jet Bass.

2305 Junior Jet II
Documented years: 2011

Red/Blackburst finish, two humbucker pickups, 24.75" scale, 1 vol.-1 tone control. Electromatic headstock logo.

2403 Jet Club
Documented years: 2001

Sunburst finish, 2 humbucker pickups, 24.75" scale, 2 vol.-2 tone controls, Electromatic headstock logo.

2504 Jet Pro
Documented years: 2004

Cherry Sunburst finish, 2 humbucker pickups, 24.75" scale, 2 vol.-2 tone controls, Electromatic headstock logo

2615 Sparkle Jet
Documented years: None

Black Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Electromatic name on headstock, identical to the 1615 Synchromatic model, except for headstock logo

2616 Sparkle Jet
Documented years: 1999

Silver Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Electromatic name on headstock, identical to the 1616 Synchromatic model, except for headstock logo

2617 Sparkle Jet
Documented years: None

Blue Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Electromatic name on headstock, identical to the 1617 Synchromatic model, except for headstock logo

2618 Sparkle Jet
Documented years: None

Gold Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Electromatic name on headstock, identical to the 1618 Synchromatic model, except for headstock logo

2619 Sparkle Jet
Documented years: 2002

Red Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Electromatic name on headstock, identical to the 1619 Synchromatic model, except for headstock logo

2625 Sparkle Jet with F-Hole
Documented years: None

Black Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Electromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in top, identical to 1625 Synchromatic model except for headstock logo

2626 Sparkle Jet with F-Hole
Documented years: 2002

Silver Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Electromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in top, identical to 1626 Synchromatic model except for headstock logo

2627 Sparkle Jet with F-Hole
Documented years: None

Blue Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Electromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in top, identical to 1627 Synchromatic model except for headstock logo

2628 Sparkle Jet with F-Hole
Documented years: None

Gold Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Electromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in top, identical to 1628 Synchromatic model except for headstock logo

2629 Sparkle Jet with F-Hole
Documented years: 2000

Red Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Electromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in top, identical to 1629 Synchromatic model except for headstock logo

2810 Bo Diddley
Documented years: 1998 to 2003

Firebird Red finish, Rectangular Luan body, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, wraparound tailpiece, Electromatic headstock logo. Pre-FMIC version of the 5810 model. Identical to model 1810 except for headstock logo.

2820 Bo Diddley
Documented years: None

An odd pre-Fender model, this is an acoustic/electric model of the Bo Diddley Electromatic series. This guitar was not listed in any catalogs, and is thought to be a dealer-only promo item; nevertheless, it has found its way into the hands of several players. Blonde/natural finish, 25.5 inch scale, piezo ...

2850 Mini Diddley
Documented years: 2004

Firebird Red Finish, one Gretsch mini-humbucker pickup, 21.4" scale, Rectangular Luan body, Electromatic headstock logo. Pre-FMIC version of the 5850 model. Identical to model 1850 except for headstock logo.

2910 Double Jet
Documented years: None

Satin Amber finish, Maple top, Luan body, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, double cutaway, tone switch, Electromatic headstock logo, identical to model 1910 except for headstock logo.

2921 Double Jet
Documented years: None

Black finish, Maple top, Luan body, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, double cutaway, tone switch, Electromatic headstock logo, identical to model 1921 except for headstock logo.

2922 Double Jet
Documented years: None

Silver Sparkle finish, Maple top, Luan body, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, double cutaway, tone switch, Electromatic headstock logo, identical to model 1922 except for headstock logo.

2923 Double Jet
Documented years: 1999

Red finish, Maple top, Luan body, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, double cutaway, tone switch, Electromatic headstock logo, identical to model 1923 except for headstock logo.

5103 CVT III
Documented years: 2005 to 2011

The CVT III was an effort to expand the appeal of the classic Corvette. They used the same “CVT” thin-profile mahogany body silhouette with a a bolt-on maple neck joining the body at the 18th fret. The bolt-on neck helped make them amazingly inexpensive, while three Gretsch mini dual-coil pickups ...

5105 CVT III
Documented years: 2011

The CVT III was an effort to expand the appeal of the classic Corvette. They used the same “CVT” thin-profile mahogany body silhouette with a a bolt-on maple neck joining the body at the 18th fret. The bolt-on neck helped make them amazingly inexpensive, while three Gretsch mini dual-coil pickups ...

5120 Hollow Body
Documented years: 2001 to 2015

The 5120 was one of the key guitars that helped Gretsch shake the Electromatic series' dodgy beginnings and establish the entire line as serious and desirable guitars. It has gone on to be one of Gretsch's best-selling guitars. The standard version (without a suffix on the model) should have an ...

5120-BK Hollow Body
Documented years: 2006 to 2012

The 5120 was one of the key guitars that helped Gretsch shake the Electromatic series' dodgy beginnings and establish the entire line as serious and desirable guitars. It has gone on to be one of Gretsch's best-selling guitars. The 5120-BK is the black version. As with all 5120s, Gretschbucker pickups ...

5120-SB Hollow Body
Documented years: 2005 to 2011

The 5120 was one of the key guitars that helped Gretsch shake the Electromatic series' dodgy beginnings and establish the entire line as serious and desirable guitars. It has gone on to be one of Gretsch's best-selling guitars. The 5120-SB is the sunburst version. As with all 5120s, Gretschbucker pickups ...

5120-TTB Hollowbody
Documented years: 2009 to 2012

A very limited edition two-tone blue 5120 released in 2010. It came stock with a Tru-Arc bridge.

5120-WT Hollow Body
Documented years: 2008 to 2012

White finish, Gretschbucker pickups, chrome hardware. The 5120WT was/is available in certain international markets, but was only available in the US as a custom dealer finish.

5122-DC Hollow Body
Documented years: 2012 to 2012

Double-cutaway, with black/walnut finish, Gretschbucker pickups. Some custom dealer finishes are also available-- examples have been seen in both cherry red and orange.

5124 Hollow Body
Documented years: 2005 to 2008

White finish, DeArmond 2000 pickups

5125 Hollow Body
Documented years: 2004 to 2008

Black finish, DeArmond 2000 pickups

5126 Hollow Body
Documented years: 2004 to 2008

Walnut Stain, Silver Sparkle top, DeArmond 2000 pickups

5127 Hollow Body
Documented years: 2004 to 2008

Black, Light Blue top, DeArmond 2000 pickups

5128 Hollow Body
Documented years: 2003 to 2008

Walnut stain, Gold Sparkle top, DeArmond 2000 pickups

5129 Hollow Body
Documented years: 2003 to 2010

The 5129 marries a black body to a Firebird Red top, then finishes it off with DeArmond 2000 pickups. It was inttroduced in 2003. The earliest Peerless-made examples differ from later models in several ways. Most noticeable are the stud-mounted bridge (rather than floating) and the B70 bridge rather than ...

5191-BK Tim Armstrong Signature
Documented years: 2009 to 2012

Features parallel tone bars and sound post, 17" wide body, Grover tuners, harp tailpiece and a pair of "Black Top" FilterTron pickups. Readily identifiable by big block fretboard inlays and gold-plated hardware and flat black finish.

5191-MS Tim Armstrong Signature
Documented years: 2012

Features parallel tone bars and sound post, 17" wide body, Grover tuners, harp tailpiece and a pair of "Black Top" FilterTron pickups. Readily identifiable by big block fretboard inlays and gold-plated hardware and "man salmon" (pink) finish.

5191-TMSLH
Documented years: 2012

A left-handed version of the "Man Salmon" pink Tim Armstrong.

5210 Junior Jet I
Documented years: None

Sunburst Finish, one mini-humbucker pickup

5215 Junior Jet I
Documented years: 2008

Black Finish, one mini-humbucker pickup

5220 Junior Jet II
Documented years: None

Sunburst finish, two mini-humbucker pickups

5225 Junior Jet II
Documented years: 2003

Black finish, two mini-humbucker pickups

5235 Pro Jet
Documented years: 2003 to 2010

Walnut stain w/Black top

5235-T Pro Jet
Documented years: 2005 to 2011

Walnut Stain w/Black top, B50 Bigsby

5236 Pro Jet
Documented years: 2003 to 2011

Walnut Stain w/Silver Sparkle top

5236-T Pro Jet
Documented years: 2007 to 2010

Walnut Stain w/Silver Sparkle top, B50 Bigsby

5238 Pro Jet
Documented years: 2004 to 2009

Walnut Stain w/Gold Sparkle top

5238-T Pro Jet
Documented years: 2006 to 2010

Walnut Stain w/Gold Sparkle top, B50 Bigsby

5245-T Double Jet
Documented years: 2005 to 2009

Walnut Stain w/Black top, B50 Bigsby

5246-T Double Jet
Documented years: 2005

Walnut Stain w/Silver Sparkle top, B50 Bigsby

5248-T Double Jet
Documented years: 2004 to 2009

Walnut Stain w/Gold Sparkle top, B50 Bigsby

5250 Special Jet
Documented years: 2004

Sunburst finish, DeArmond 2000 pickups

5255 Special Jet
Documented years: 2011

Black finish, DeArmond 2000 pickups

5259 Special Jet
Documented years: 2005

Dark Cherry finish, DeArmond 2000 pickups

5265 Jet Baritone
Documented years: 2008 to 2010

Black Sparkle finish, B50 Bigsby, 29.75" scale, chrome hardware

5420-LH
Documented years: 2012 to 2013

Yup, the 5420 was a first for the Electromatics: a left-handed model was available.

5420-T Electromatic Hollowbody
Documented years: 2012 to 2017

Built to replace the much-loved 5120 in 2012, the 5420 brought blacktop Filtertrons and a host of other improvements to the party. The humped-block markers were seen by many as a step backward, but other than that, it was a more-than-worthy successor, and continued to push the Electromatic line higher.

5421 Jet Club
Documented years: 2015

Basswood body with maple top, bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fretboard and neo-classic fret markers, 24.6" scale; Gretschbucker pickups, identical to models 5425 and 5426, but with Oriental Firebird Red finish

5422-DC-12
Documented years: 2012 to 2013

A 12-string variation on the 5422, introduced in 2012 as part of the larger 542x line. Unlike the rest of the 542x guitars, the 12-string replaced nothing. It had no immediate predecessor

5422-T Electromatic Hollowbody
Documented years: 2012 to 2016

The 5422 replaced the much loved 5122 Electromatic double-cutaway in 2012. It can be easily spotted by its blacktop FilterTrons and humped-block markers, and was offered in black, red and walnut stain. One odd note about the 5422-T: It was also known early on as the 5422-TDC. At some point, ...

5422-TDCG
Documented years: 2012 to 2015

Looking for all the world like a budget-price White Falcon, this was the new-for-2012 5422 double-cutaway in Snow Crest white.

5425 Jet Club
Documented years: None

Basswood body with maple top, bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fretboard and neo-classic fret markers, 24.6" scale; Gretschbucker pickups, identical to models 5421 and 5426, but with Jet Black finish

5426 Jet Club
Documented years: None

Basswood body with maple top, bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fretboard and neo-classic fret markers, 24.6" scale; Gretschbucker pickups, identical to models 5421 and 5425, but with Silver finish

5430-TG Pro Jet
Documented years: None

The 5430TG was a limited edition version of the Pro Jet sold through Street Sounds featuring an all-white body, gold hardware and a B5 Bigsby.

5431-G Pro Jet
Documented years: None

The 5431G was a limited run for Sweetwater in 2013 that built on the regular 543x Pro Jet line, with the distinction of a Firebird Red top and gold hardware.

5431-TG Pro Jet
Documented years: 2013

The 5431TG was a limited run for Sweetwater in 2013 that built on the regular 543x Pro Jet line, with the distinction of a Firebird Red top, gold hardware, and a B5 Bigsby.

5432-G Pro Jet
Documented years: 2013

The 5432G was a limited run for Sweetwater in 2013 that built on the regular 543x Pro Jet line, with the distinction of a metallic green top and gold hardware.

5432-TG Pro Jet
Documented years: 2016

The 5432TG was a limited run for Sweetwater in 2013 that built on the regular 543x Pro Jet line, with the distinction of a metallic green top, gold hardware, and a B5 Bigsby.

5434 Pro Jet
Documented years: 2006 to 2015

The Pro Jets got a pretty substantial overhaul in 2011 with the introduction of the 5434, 5435 and 5438 models. All featured a chambered, single-cutaway body, arched maple top, humped-block inlays and a stop tailpiece. The 5434 was the two-tone sunburst version.

5435 Pro Jet
Documented years: 2008 to 2016

The Pro Jets got a pretty substantial overhaul in 2011 with the introduction of the 5434, 5435 and 5438 models. All featured a chambered, single-cutaway body, arched maple top, humped-block inlays and a stop tailpiece. The 5435 was the black version.

5435-T Pro Jet
Documented years: 2005 to 2016

The Pro Jets got a pretty substantial overhaul in 2011 with the introduction of the 5434, 5435 and 5438 models. All featured a chambered, single-cutaway body, arched maple top, humped-block inlays and a stop tailpiece. The 5435T was the B5 Bigsby sporting version of the black 5435.

5436-T Pro Jet
Documented years: 2013

The 5436T was a limited run Pro Jet for Musicians Friend, featuring a translucent red maple top and a B5 Bigsby. Except the same number was also applied to other Pro Jets, notably an all-white version.

5438 Pro Jet
Documented years: 2011 to 2012

The Pro Jets got a pretty substantial overhaul in 2011 with the introduction of the 5434, 5435 and 5438 models. All featured a chambered, single-cutaway body, arched maple top, humped-block inlays and a stop tailpiece. The 5438 was the gold version.

5438-T Pro Jet
Documented years: 2013 to 2016

The Pro Jets got a pretty substantial overhaul in 2011 with the introduction of the 5434, 5435 and 5438 models. All featured a chambered, single-cutaway body, arched maple top, humped-block inlays and a stop tailpiece. The 5438T was the same as the gold-topped 5438, with the addition of a B5 ...

5445-T Double Jet
Documented years: 2012 to 2015

Introduced in 2010, the 5445 Double Jet was a serious effort to improve the Electromatic Jets. These new Jets featured a double-cutaway, chambered basswood body and an arched maple top coupled with dual “Black Top” Filter’Tron pickups and a Bigsby B50 tailpiece. Other features include a 12-inch radius rosewood fingerboard ...

5448-T Double Jet
Documented years: 2011 to 2012

Introduced in 2010, the 5448 Double Jet was one of several new Electromatic models that marked a serious improvement over previous Electromatic Jets. These new Jets featured a double-cutaway, chambered basswood body and an arched maple top coupled with dual “Black Top” Filter’Tron pickups and a Bigsby B50 tailpiece. Other ...

5566 Jet Double Neck
Documented years: 2008

Silver Sparkle Finish, six/baritone six necks

5570 Elliot Easton Jet
Documented years: 2004 to 2006

In late 2003 Gretsch dropped the Synchromatic line, so the the 1570 Synchromatic Easton Jet became the 5570 Electromatic Easton Jet. The only noticeable difference was a B70 Bigsby in place of the 1570's B700. In 2004 production moved to China for awhile, but when Elliot left Gretsch the 5570 ...

5620-TCB
Documented years: 2013 to 2015

The 5620-CB was one of three center block models introduced in 2013. As with the others it was available in red, green and black finishes.

5622-TCB
Documented years: 2013 to 2016

The 5622-TCB was one of three center-block models introduced in 2013. All three were available in Black, Rosa Red, and Georgia Green finishes. The 5622 featured cats-eye sound holes, Neo-Classic inlays, and non-Gretsch-style controls with five “G-arrow” control knobs (volume for each pickup, master tone for bridge and middle pickups, ...

5655-TCB
Documented years: None

The 5655-TCB was one of three center-block models introduced in 2013. All three were available in Black, Rosa Red, and Georgia Green finishes. The 5655 featured three Super HiLoTron pickups and cats-eye sound holes.

5715 Lap Steel
Documented years: 2009

The Black Sparkle finished Electromatic 5715 lap steel replaced the earlier 2715 lap steel.

5810 Bo Diddley
Documented years: 2010 to 2013

Firebird Red finish, Gretschbucker pickups, chrome hardware

5850 Mini Diddley
Documented years: None

Firebird Red finish, one Gretschbucker pickup, short scale, chrome hardware