NAMM 2020: Gretsch launches the Streamliner Junior Jet Club, Electromatic Jet Baritone, one stunning Penguin and a lot more

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NAMM 2020: Players of all budgets should find something to celebrate in Gretsch's Winter product launch, with huge additions to its affordable Electromatic and Streamliner Series plus some stunning Players Edition models and one head-turning Limited Edition Penguin.

Where to begin? Well let's get the bird out of the way first. The Penguin will set you back $2,999.99 and comes in Two-Tone Smoke Gray/Metallic Violet finish, quite possibly one of the finest finishes seen on a Gretsch – and the competition is strong. It has a chambered mahogany body with an arched maple top, which Gretsch says promise a harmonic richness and resonance. Pickups-wise, you've got a pair of TV Jones TV Classic pickups on hand with a twang-cum-growl reminiscent of the late-1950s Filter’Trons. As you'd expect, the Penguin will do rock ‘n’ roll, country, rockabilly... Vintage Americana. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.