Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT review

The venerable Gretsch single-cut gets updated for the modern era and offers a classy build for not a lot of cash

Gretsch Electromatic Jet BT
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

The G5220’s versatility makes it a compelling option in a market comprising some superb mid-priced electrics from the likes of Epiphone and Fender’s Player Plus series. Broad’Trons make for a more hench Gretsch sound but it’s not overpowering. If anything, with these dynamic humbuckers, the Jet is more practical than ever.


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    Classic design and nice finish.

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    Versatile range of sounds.

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    Very approachable neck.

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    Tuning stability.

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    Left-handed models available (Dark Cherry Metallic, Jade Grey Metallic).


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    Output jack was a little loose on this one.

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Today were are going to take a look at a variation on an iconic single-cut electric guitar. No, not that one – the Gretsch Jet, a model that has been in production in one way or another since 1953 with the arrival of the Duo Jet. 

The Jet has put some miles under its belt over the years, finding its way into the possession of an array of players, including George Harrison, Matt Bellamy, Chris Cornell and many more, and like an old-fashioned blues standard that’s been passed down generations there are all kinds of variations on the theme. 

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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.