Gretsch G5260 Electromatic Jet Baritone review

The low-end is nigh with this classy single-cut baritone

Gretsch G5260 Baritone
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Like its standard-scale sibling, the G5260 is nicely put together – a welcome entry point to the baritone world whose price tag might require a double take.


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    An attractively priced, classy build.

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    Welcoming neck profile.

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    Credible baritone sounds that cover a lot of ground.


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    Output jack was a wee bit loose.

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    Some players might be tempted to go for the Bigsby-equipped version.

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    Others might want more full-blooded humbucker for baritone work.

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The G5260 is a baritone guitar from Gretsch’s mid-priced Electromatic range that is recognisably a Jet but one with a much deeper voice, splitting the difference between the electric and bass guitar, meeting in the middle with a 29.75” scale length.

It has a maple neck carved into a Thin U profile as per house style with today’s Electromatics, a solid mahogany body carved into that familiar singlecut shape, with vintage-style purfling complementing its Imperial Stain finish.

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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.