Brian Setzer's recent Pittsburgh concert directed notice to the Gretsch 6120 Setzer model guitars he's played for years, a variation on the original 6120, designed by the Gretsch company for Chet Atkins in 1954. I rest easy by buying a quality instrument that I enjoy playing regardless of who built it or where. I’m strictly talking. Where are Gretsch Streamliner guitars made? So did many others in their range. With the look and sound that Gretsch are known for but at an entry-level price point, the Streamliner series offers great value for money. If you're talking about Gretsches in particular, yes there is a big difference, because the pro line models are made in Japan while Korea and China make Electromatics and Streamliners, which are built to very different specifications. Take this month’s Jets. If they were made by somebody I know or something then I'd be more inclined to buy American, but I don't feel any more connected to a factory worker in California than I do to one in Japan (no offense to Californians, or Japanese). Korea, Japan, China, the US, and Indonesia are countries where the Gretsch guitars are built and manufactured. All needless and frankly irrelevant nationalism aside. A classic Gretsch … High-end guitars made in Korea's Samick or Peerless factories, for example --- regardless of the name on the headstock --- can be as good or better than individual guitars from Japanese factories. They just need good wood, good electronics and great craftsmen. The first-ever custom U.S.-made Gretsch models debuted at the NAMM Show in January. Gretsch is a trusted guitar manufacturer that has been around since 1983. The Gretsch G5420T is constructed using five-ply maple to the top, back, and sides. Terada and Fuji-Gen, as well as high-end Matsumomku guitars from the 80's and 90's, can be every bit as good as US-made guitars, and certainly better than lower end models from second or third tier factories in Korea. The workmanship, quality, and attention to details on Korean made D'Angelicos are second to none. I used to insist on American-made, but I can honestly say I've never played a Japanese-made Gretsch and thought, "If only it was made in the US". I bought my speaker cabinet from a local shop when I lived in Austin, because I liked their shop and wanted to support them. I also bought my Japanese Gretsch there. Good craftsmen are not restrained by perceived international boundaries. Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Ricochet, Feb 1, 2020. I would like to buy an American Gretsch...the problem is they are double the price of a proline from Japan. While these are hoarded avidly by a few collec… He opened business offices in Savannah, Ga. and began putting the pieces back together. In this particular case Tavo, I think we want the same thing. ToneJunkie is correct except some Electromatics are made in Korea as well. It has nothing to do with nationality. Buy yours at Andertons on 0% finance - subject to status. On many of the cheap ones, the body is from china and the electronics are Korean- don't let this fool you. Any previous bias I ever had with Chinese made products has been redirected to the guidelines the various companies impose on their employees to make inexpensive junk. See the reference below. As has been discussed ad nauseam here and elsewhere the quality of the Japanese Gretsches is outstanding and the Korean/Chinese models are also well-made, especially for the price. They are higher priced and most anything can be built for the Gretsch player. The stunning new limited-edition versions of original-era classics—a G6136CST White Falcon and G6120WCST Nashville Western were warmly received and earned much acclaim, and with that the Gretsch Custom Shop was up and running. Where are Gretsch Guitars Made? From: Balto., Md. I Have Korean and Japanese built and love them both. TV Jones and Seymour Duncan and all the other be spoke producers are great and that does make a huge difference to my guitars. Introduction. The Gretsch G5420T is a hollow-bodied twin ‘f’ hole guitar. I agree with the general point that no country has a better claim to good craftmanship over any other. I'm sure they're out there but the build quality seems pretty consistent across the board. Epiphone Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar, (Samick was once the King of 'The Artist Series', being some big, beautiful boxes produced in Korea in the 80's-90's. Setzer originally used Atkins models until Gretsch created the extensive Setzer line. Where are most of the Gretsch guitars made? Manufacturing for Greg Bennett, Silvertone, Squier, Epiphone, Washburn, and Hohner among others. • Gretsch 6075, 6076, “Gretsch 12-String” (Sunburst, Natural) LTD Elite guitars are made in Japan, and initially offered alongside the ESP standard replacement brand E-II in the export market in 2013 while a limited range of ESP Standards were sold in the US to be phased out for E-II in 2014. The Gretsch Streamliner series is a remarkable looking and sounding series of guitars that are very affordable. With a Degree from the D.A.M.S. VISIT GRETSCH GUITARS. Japanese guitars from the 70's were generally not so great, but by the 80's, Tokai and Matsumoku were making guitars that were often better than the Gibsons and Fenders they emulated. I must say, though I love them and enjoy them, most of the US made Gretsch's I've encountered from the 60s(and some from the 50s too) have been frankly, shoddily constructed and easily excelled by the quality of current Japanese..or Korean production. And with its great overdriven sound, this electric guitar is made to satisfy your thirst for vintage fun. Like the Electromatic series, Gretsch Streamliner guitars are made in China. Gretsch's double-cutaway guitars appeared in the early 60s and adopted a clearly inspired-by but different outline to the Gibson ES-335 - notably their flatter, less pronounced horns. Gretsch Streamliner Series: Made in Indonesia. I knew some of you would be interested, but I never expected the tidal wave of e-mail that would follow. The Streamliner is the entry-level series which are made in Indonesia. Always nice to see a fellow lefty on the site! Here are 2 examples of G5420LH : But I can’t add to it since I’m banned from both the Gibson/Epiphone forum and blocked from Wikipedia(for preposterous reasons). Global economy and CNC machines. The bulk of vintage Gretsch specimens were manufactured in the original factory in New York, with a decade of Arkansas production during the '70s. The Electromatics use a "Black Top" FilterTron pickup closer to traditional Gretsch pickups while the Streamliners use a newly designed Broad'Tron pickup which is closer to a traditional humbucker. Likewise with 70s Gibsons. Almost all new Gretsch electric guitars are made at the Terada factory in Japan. Was curious about the quality comparison between the Korean and Japanese made models. People from other countries than mine are no less valuable as people, skilled, or needing of jobs in my opinion. One difference is the pickups used. In 1985 Fred W. Gretsch, great-grandson of the company founder, regained control of the company. Both Japanese and Korean factories usually build guitars to spec for other companies. Even less of an issue if it has TV Jones pickups. Wildwood, Serang, Banten, east of Jakarta, West Java. Shares. P.T. Gretsch whose serial number starts with KS are also made by Samick in Korea (K=Korea, S=Samick), What do you mean “also”? The true Chinese craftsmen and craftswomen are fully capable of building the highest quality guitars if they are allowed to. Fender opened a Gretsch Custom Shop run by Steven Stern, for custom U.S. made Gretsch guitars. Depends on the model, the majority of the pro-lines are made in the Terada Factory in Japan. We’ll start with the baritones, the G5260 and G5260T, the T for tremolo. The story of Gretsch began with Friedrich Gretsch. Please help support the Gretsch Pages through Paypal. The Gretsch Streamliner guitars are made in Indonesia and are a less expensive line than the Electromatics which have been made in Korea and China. It depends. The backstory of the new budget hollowbodies. A Fender made Japanese Gretsch (post 03/04 depending on which model) are top shelf musical instruments in every way. It sits in the middle of the Gretsch range as part of the Korean made Electromatic series. Gretsch Professional Series Guitars are still made in Japan, but are more vintage correct and are of excellent quality. As it stands, I'll buy the guitar that I want, doesn't matter to me where it's made. There was no factory, inventory, no tooling, nothing. I have been to many Gretsch Roundups and I have never touched a bad one. I like to support craftsmen that I know in my immediate community if I can but I don't think they're any better. I don't think the guitar cares about the nationality of the craftsman that made it. I just bought a Guild Manhattan, "handcrafted in Korea". The lower end Gretsches are built either in Indonesia, China, or Korea. If you’re wondering, “PT” is an acronym for Perseroan Terbatas, a business entity that is formed and acts per commercial law. They were also hollow, without a centre block, which didn't appear until 2013. 3D printed guitars are coming. ... Gretsch guitars have been used on more iconic recordings than many people are aware of. A feature of some of their iconic instruments, the Country Gent and the Tennessean, had ‘f” holes. For more than twenty years Davide Facchini has been active in the Italian and international guitar scene exhibiting remarkable proficiency and versatility. Overall, the top quality Gretsch guitars can either be US or Japan made. Obviously the current Japanese production is meant to be higher quality. To help you make a wise decision, here is a comprehensive Gretsch G5420T review. But for all the revisions it has made to its line-up over the years since the Gretsch plant in Brooklyn, New York was a mid-50s epicentre of cool, there’s something unchanged about its guitars, as though they were unearthed in Grandpa’s attic. Davide Facchini. It is absolute, unequivocal fact that the best guitars to carry the Gretsch name are being made right now, today. I think a great guitar can be built anywhere in the world. Cheaper materials, etc mean Electromatic but that doesn't mean they couldn't build top of the line, if called upon. The company was originally founded in Brooklyn, NY. Think how jealous you’re friends will be when you tell them you got your gretsch guitars on AliExpress. So far, the best guitars I've ever played have come from Japan. Guitarist Spotlight. However, you shouldn’t worry too much as the signature Gretsch tone will always be present. 3D printed guitars have already been made. Current guitar production capacity 35000 guitars a month(420000 a year). I like the old Gretschs because they are old annnd wonky, as long as they play well. Otherwise I'm sure both countries can produce excellent instruments if and when required. Are Gretsch Streamliner guitars any good? I've read somewhere on this forum that Gretsch professional guitars are made in Japan. A German immigrant to the USA, he set up business in Brooklyn, New York back in 1895. I finally broke down and emailed Gretsch, imagine going directly to the source for information (which rarely happens with guitars, lovers, and hifi), and it turned out the factory where Jim Dandys were made burned down, but the new factory was coming online within a few weeks! Even the Urethan coat is pretty thin and not like the "dipped in plastic" feel of many far east guitars. Me too. I can never substantiate paying 4500-5000 on a guitar nor do I have the money to pay anyway. The Professional and Player are the high-end series made in either Japan or the USA. The Electromatic (budget) Gretsch guitars are made in Korea. By Ed Mitchell (Total Guitar) 23 June 2016. The first sign of a Gretsch revival came in 1988, with a series of inexpensive Traveling Wilburys commemorative guitars. Have you seen the various works of art from Asian countries over the last few millennia? If you think about it electric guitar technology is around 70 years old now. Sometimes with specialties maybe, related to tradition or local materials. Those individual model specs have more to do with the quality of a particular guitar than which factory made it. Read on to … Looks like Korean models can be had for $800-$1000, while the Japanese models … Quality control seems to be very comparable and of a uniformly high-standard though, so both Japanese and Korean made Gretsches can be superbly satisfying instruments --- just with different intentions behind them. Since 2006. Commercial Sellers, Dealers and Manufacturers, https://maps.app.goo.gl/oS7Cgn66cAGsidTd8, https://www.gretschguitars.com/gear...-block-with-v-stoptail-left-handed/2806320568, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. Japan versus Korea is nothing more than a price point. They have the great craftsmen to make guitars properly. Fred was starting from scratch. I'm sure the Korean Gretschs, as mentioned earlier are built purposely inexpensively to save costs and produce a more affordable guitar. They are primarily known for their iconic semi-hollow and hollow body guitars. The Final Word on Today’s Gretsch Guitar Line ...Maybe. From a small shop in Brooklyn to the biggest stages on earth. Guitar Village are proud to be a Gretsch UK dealer with a huge range across the board to suit all budgets. drmilktruck, Jan 23, 2011 #3 Never played an Electromatic, but the Korean-made Epis that I have played are pretty darn good. Gretsch guitars have played a key part in the development of jazz, country and guitar based music in general. The ESP Standard line had been completely discontinued by this time. Welcome to Gretsch Guitars Australia, makers of fine musical instruments since 1883. Gretsch Billy Zoom custom shop signature model is made in the US! Was thinking about adding a Gretsch/filtertron-equipped guitar to my repertoire. What Fender guitars are made in Indonesia? And by 2008, their hollowbody manufacturing officially got … no, do not buy the guitar you want. ), Telecaster 62 re-issue now fitted with EMG's. Early 1900s - 1970: New York City The guitar certainly does not mess around when it comes to tone and quality of build. USA, Japan,China,Korea,Germany,Spain,UK.Far East have a centuries history of woodcraft producing some of the finest products. The online home of Gretsch Guitars, and best source for product details on all Gretsch guitars and Gretsch basses. I have had late 60s and 70s Japanese Yamaha archtops that easily are on par if not better than Gibson or Gretsch instruments in quality of construction, beauty and playability. The electromatics are made in Korea, and the Custom shop ones in the US. and we'd both have to get an extra job to fund this beast! Donny Hinson Member . But you may have to act fast as this top gretsch guitars is set to become one of the most sought-after best-sellers in no time. Named after Gretsch’s budget series of guitars released in the mid-fifties. Browse our range of electric, acoustic and bass guitars. Gretsch Electromatic guitars offer that iconic Gretsch sound and feel without busting the bank. Terada and Fuji-Gen, as well as high-end Matsumomku guitars from the 80's and 90's, can be every bit as good as US-made guitars, and certainly better than lower end models from second or third tier factories in Korea. I have a Tawain made Yamaha AEX1500, Two Japan made Grestches,German made Korean made Epiphone and Peerless and USA made Taylor al. Built quality and materials are much better than Electromatics, besides 2 or 3 minor finish flaws the Guild feels like a Proline Gretsch (but for half the price). High-end guitars made in Korea's Samick or Peerless factories, for example --- regardless of the name on the headstock --- can be as good or better than individual guitars from Japanese factories. Now, because the Jim Dandy is made in East-Asia, the product is naturally cheaper than what we normally see in Europe and the USA. To those that know their Gretsch guitars, this is no accident. Sad that Fred Gretsch can't make that happen beyond custom shop choices. lol. Buy the guitar I want! The original Gretsch guitars were made with three-ply, so this latest has more solid and substantial feel over the vintage mo… From there, things get a bit more complicated. Superb instruments and apart form electrics not a great deal of difference apart from the bridges and pickups on the Korean guitars maybe slightly lower quality. Nowadays, most modern Gretsch guitars are made overseas in China, South Korea, and Japan in order to keep their prices down. When viewing my EX-SS next to my Gibson ES-335, the Gibson looks like "the economy model" in comparison. Love your guitars! At the time, he wasn't buying much — little more than a name, really. I believe the reason many are cheap is because the various companies are trying to increase profits with cheaper parts. If you're talking generally, there isn't necessarily a big difference, depending on which factories, when made, specs of the guitar, etc. U.S.A. posted 14 May 2006 11:37 AM profile How Gretsch made the ultra-affordable Streamliner guitar line. The Korean factories can build guitars just as well as the Japanese factories; however, they're given specs and that's what they make. I would hope music transcends these sorts of limiting definitions. Gretsch Guitars Issue #35 April 19, 2007. In 2005, I wrote a 2-part column on Gretsch guitars for Tech Notes Online, as well as a brief companion piece for my SweetNotes column. Gretsch whose serial number starts with KS are also made by Samick in Korea (K=Korea, S=Samick), according to the numbering tables found on GretschPages. Gretsch has included some classic ‘f’ holes in the front of the guitar. I know my Terada made Gretsch Duo Jet and my Quingdao made Epiphone Casino 1961 Reissue are both amazing sounding, playing and well built guitars. It's quick, easy, and much appreciated.