Modern Synchromatics

In 1999 the existence of the budget Synchromatic line was one of the biggest mysteries of the modern Gretsch era. The revered Synchromatic name, traditionally reserved for high-end acoustic archtops, was plastered across a dizzying array of budget-priced, Korean-made guitars. Even more baffling, the new Synchros were near-clones of the Electromatic and Historic lines introduced at the same time.

Nobody — not even Gretsch — could keep track of all the overlapping models, and the short-lived Synchromatic series was merged into a single (and much-improved) Electromatic line-up in 2003.

In 1999 the existence of the budget Synchromatic line was one of the biggest mysteries of the modern Gretsch era. The revered Synchromatic name, traditionally reserved for high-end acoustic archtops, was plastered across a dizzying array of budget-priced, Korean-made guitars. Even more baffling, the new Synchros were near-clones of the Electromatic and Historic lines introduced at the same time.

Nobody — not even Gretsch — could keep track of all the overlapping models, and the short-lived Synchromatic series was merged into a single (and much-improved) Electromatic line-up in 2003.

In 1999 the existence of the budget Synchromatic line was one of the biggest mysteries of the modern Gretsch era. The revered Synchromatic name, traditionally reserved for high-end acoustic archtops, was plastered across a dizzying array of budget-priced, Korean-made guitars. Even more baffling, the new Synchros were near-clones of the Electromatic and Historic lines introduced at the same time.

Nobody — not even Gretsch — could keep track of all the overlapping models, and the short-lived Synchromatic series was merged into a single (and much-improved) Electromatic line-up in 2003.

The Gretsch-GEAR database includes 39 different models and 22 examples in the Modern Synchromatics family, including Bo Diddley, Double Jet, Elliot Easton Jet, Jet Baritone, Jet Bass, Jet Club, Jet II, Jet Pro, Junior Jet, Junior Jet Bass, Junior Jet Bass II, Mini Diddley, Sparkle Jet, Sparkle Jet Double Neck, Sparkle Jet with F-Hole and Standard Folk models.

Guitar models in the Modern Synchromatics group

1121 Junior Jet
Documented years: None

The 1121 held up the bottom end of the modern made-in-Korea Synchromatic line with a sunburst-finished laminated hardwood body. You'll see Synchromatic on the headstock, differentiating it from the similar Electromatics. Pre-FMIC models have one Gretschbucker pickup, FMIC models (2004-2005) have one Grestch single coil (lap steel style) pickup.

1122 Junior Jet
Documented years: None

Black finish, Laminated Hardwood body, Synchromatic name on headstock. Pre-FMIC models have one Gretschbucker pickup, FMIC models (2004-2005) have one Grestch single coil (lap steel style) pickup.

1125 Junior Jet
Documented years: None

Red finish, Laminated Hardwood body, Synchromatic name on headstock. Pre-FMIC models have one Gretschbucker pickup, FMIC models (2004-2005) have one Grestch single coil (lap steel style) pickup.

1126 Junior Jet
Documented years: 2000

Blue finish, Laminated Hardwood body, Synchromatic name on headstock. Pre-FMIC models have one Gretschbucker pickup, FMIC models (2004-2005) have one Grestch single coil (lap steel style) pickup.

1127 Junior Jet
Documented years: None

Tangerine (orange) finish, Laminated Hardwood body, Synchromatic name on headstock. Pre-FMIC models have one Gretschbucker pickup, FMIC models (2004-2005) have one Grestch single coil (lap steel style) pickup.

1128 Junior Jet
Documented years: None

Purple finish, Laminated Hardwood body, Synchromatic name on headstock. Pre-FMIC models have one Gretschbucker pickup, FMIC models (2004-2005) have one Grestch single coil (lap steel style) pickup.

1212 Junior Jet Bass
Documented years: None

The Synchromatic Junior Jet Bass was available in black and black burst finish and featured one humbucking pickup. It was identical to the concurrent Electromatic model 2202 except for the Synchromatic headstock logo. It was phased out with the rest of the made-in-Korea Synchromatic line after 2003.

1222 Junior Jet Bass II
Documented years: None

Pretty much identical to the 1212 Junior Jet Bass with the addition of a second pickup, the 1222 came in a black or black burst finish, with two humbucking pickups, and a Synchromatic headstock logo.

1232 Jet Bass
Documented years: None

A long-scale, two-pickup, Jet-styled bass. Looks just like the more-common Jr. Jet Bass, only with a bit more neck. Identical to the Electromatic 2232 Jet Bass.

1255 Jet Baritone
Documented years: None

Black sparkle finish with two Gretsch mini-humbuckers, B50 Bigsby and a 29.75" scale. This is the pre-FMIC version of the G5265 model.

1315 Jet II
Documented years: 2001

Red blackburst finish, two Gretschbucker pickups, Laminated hardwood body, Synchromatic name on headstock

1413 Jet Club
Documented years: None

Sunburst finish, two Gretschbucker pickups, 2 volume and 2 tone controls, Synchromatic name on headstock

1511 Jet Pro
Documented years: None

Black Finish, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, Crown inlays, 24" scale, set neck. Synchromatic headstock logo.

1512 Jet Pro
Documented years: None

Sunburst Finish, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, Crown inlays, 24" scale, set neck. Synchromatic headstock logo.

1514 Jet Pro
Documented years: 2002

Cherry Sunburst Finish, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, Crown inlays, 24" scale, set neck. Synchromatic headstock logo.

1554 Jet Pro
Documented years: None

Same as the Synchromatic 1514 except with the addition of a Bigsby.

1566 Sparkle Jet Double Neck
Documented years: None

Silver Sparkle Finish, 6/baritone 6 necks, Bigsby vibrato on each neck, Synchromatic headstock logo, replaced by model 5566.

1570 Elliot Easton Jet
Documented years: 2001

The Synchromatic version of the Elliot Easton Jet. The 1570 was available in 2002 and 2003 only before becoming the 5570 Electromatic Easton Jet when Gretsch dropped the Synchromatic line in 2003. All 1570s had a metallic green finish, gold hardware, mahogany body, two Gretschbucker pickups and a B700 Bigsby.

1615 Sparkle Jet
Documented years: None

Black Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, identical to 2615 Electromatic model except for headstock logo

1615-T Sparkle Jet
Documented years: 2001

Black sparkle finish, laminated hardwood body, tune-o-matic bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, and a B50 or B700 Bigsby.

1616 Sparkle Jet
Documented years: None

Silver Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, identical to 2616 Electromatic model except for headstock logo

1617 Sparkle Jet
Documented years: None

Blue Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, identical to 2617 Electromatic model except for headstock logo

1618 Sparkle Jet
Documented years: 1999

Gold Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, identical to 2618 Electromatic model except for headstock logo

1619 Sparkle Jet
Documented years: None

Red Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, identical to 2619 Electromatic model except for headstock logo

1625 Sparkle Jet with F-Hole
Documented years: None

Black Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in top, identical to 2625 Electromatic model except for headstock logo

1626 Sparkle Jet with F-Hole
Documented years: None

Silver Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in top, identical to 2626 Electromatic model except for headstock logo

1626-T Sparkle Jet
Documented years: None

Silver sparkle finish, with a laminated hardwood body, tune-o-matic bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, a single F-hole in top and a B50 or B700 Bigsby.

1627 Sparkle Jet with F-Hole
Documented years: 2002

Blue Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in top, identical to 2627 Electromatic model except for headstock logo

1628 Sparkle Jet with F-Hole
Documented years: None

Gold Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in top, identical to 2628 Electromatic model except for headstock logo

1629 Sparkle Jet with F-Hole
Documented years: None

Red Sparkle finish, Laminated Hardwood body, wraparound bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in top, identical to 2629 Electromatic model except for headstock logo

1629-T Sparkle Jet
Documented years: 2002

Red sparkle finish with a laminated hardwood body, tune-o-matic bridge, Synchromatic name on headstock, single F-hole in the top and a B50 or B700 Bigsby,

1653 Standard Folk
Documented years: None

Inexplicably, this parlor-sized acoustic was named the "Standard Folk". The natural-finish 1653 came with a spruce top, nato neck, body and sides, and was topped with the standard Synchromatic headstock logo.

1659 Standard Folk
Documented years: 2002

Inexplicably, the parlor-sized, red-finished 1659 acoustic was named the "Standard Folk". Like the natural-finish 1653, the 1659 came with a spruce top, nato neck, body and sides, and was topped with the standard Synchromatic headstock logo.

1810 Bo Diddley
Documented years: None

Firebird Red finish, Rectangular Luan body, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, wraparound tailpiece, Synchromatic headstock logo. Pre-FMIC version of the 5810 model. Identical to model 2810 except for headstock logo.

1850 Mini Diddley
Documented years: None

Firebird Red Finish, one Gretsch mini-humbucker pickup, 21.4" scale, Rectangular Luan body, Synchromatic headstock logo. Pre-FMIC version of the 5850 model. Identical to model Electromatic 2850 except for headstock logo.

1910 Double Jet
Documented years: 2001

Satin Amber finish, Maple top, Luan body, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, double cutaway, tone switch, Synchromatic headstock logo, identical to model 2910 except for headstock logo.

1921 Double Jet
Documented years: 2000

Black finish, Maple top, Luan body, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, double cutaway, tone switch, Synchromatic headstock logo, identical to model 2921 except for headstock logo

1922 Double Jet
Documented years: None

Silver Sparkle finish, Maple top, Luan body, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, double cutaway, tone switch, Synchromatic headstock logo, identical to model 2922 except for headstock logo

1923 Double Jet
Documented years: None

Red finish, Maple top, Luan body, 2 Gretschbucker pickups, double cutaway, tone switch, Synchromatic headstock logo, identical to model 2923 except for headstock logo