Gretsch G2420 Streamliner review

Big hollow-body sound on a budget

Gretsch G2420 review
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Guitar World Verdict

Although it's perfect for those who like their tone of the vintage variety, the Gretsch G2420 Streamliner is certainly versatile enough to excel in many styles. The combination of a super playable neck and updated pickups make this guitar much more than just a vintage throwback – it's sure to inspire players both old and new.


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    Versatile humbuckers deliver vintage tones

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    Comfortable neck encourages a variety of playing styles

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    Classic aesthetics make it a real head turner

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    Outstanding tuners put up with huge bends


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    Doesn't take well to high gain

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    Large body size can be a little unwieldy

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With updated humbucking pickups and an all-new tailpiece, the Gretsch G2420 Streamliner sees an already brilliant line of guitars get a considerable improvement in both the looks and tone department. Despite being aimed firmly at vintage tone lovers, this budget big body delivers more than just blues and jazz.

If you've never played a hollow-body guitar before, the Streamliner series is a great entry point into these throwbacks. Famously utilized by Chet Atkins in the 50s and then popularised by George Harrison in the 60s, Gretsch hollow-body guitars have firmly established their place in the annals of rock and roll fame. Previously known as 'semi-acoustics', hollow body guitars became all the rage in the 30s when guitarists needed a way to compete with the volume of drummers, something we're still doing to this day!

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player,, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and writing and recording in bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at.