Well here’s a wild one! Gretsch has done it again and come up with something beyond our wildest dreams. What we’ve got here is a Rancher style acoustic-electric with a slightly arched top, magnetic humbucking pickup, rocking bar bridge and of course the Bigsby tremolo factory installed. The result is one very strange yet incredibly compelling guitar! This thing is just a blast to play and there’s almost no way you can pick it up without cracking a smile and having some fun. The acoustic tone is punchy and bright with a deep bass, soft midrange and slightly jangly treble. It’s great for twangy country-blues playing and rhythm strumming. The acoustic tone is actually quite reminiscent of the early Rancher models that featured and archtop style bridge. The Fideli'Tron pickup yields a warm and resonant sound and has a great retro look. The guitar works just as well through a nice tube amp as it does though an acoustic amp or PA system. With a tube amp you can dial in a little bit of "grit" and achieve a fantastic twangy growl or you can keep it clean and get a really sweet tone with dense harmonics and thumpy bass. It's very differnet from the ubiquitous peizo sound so common with acoustic electric guitars. The guitar plays really well with great action and really comfy “c” shaped neck. This is a really versatile guitar with truly a unique looks and tone to match. This is a brand new factory first guitar that will ship with all documentation and full warranty.
**Though not included from the factory, we have hard cases for this model in stock and ready to ship along with your order. Please contact us for details regarding the cases we suggest for this instrument.
Details: (from gretsch.com):
Gretsch Rancher acoustics are back and better than ever for 2014. The G5034TFT Rancher dreadnought has got to be one of the most distinctive Rancher models ever, with a beautiful Savannah Sunset gloss finish, a sweet iso-chamber mounted Fideli’Tron™ pickup for great amplified tone and performance, and even a Bigsby® B70G tailpiece with a “wire” trem arm.
Other premium features include an arched laminated maple top and back with binding, laminated mahogany sides, classic Rancher triangular sound hole with binding, mahogany neck, 16-fret rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays, volume control, “rocking bar” bridge with rosewood base, deluxe tuners, and gold-plated hardware.
Model Name: G5034TFT Rancher™
Series: Acoustic Collection
Color: Savannah Sunset
Body Material: Arched Laminated Maple Top and Back with Laminated Mahogany Sides
Body Shape: Dreadnought
Body Back: Arched Laminated Maple
Body Sides: Laminated Mahogany
Body Top: Arched Laminated Maple
Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
Number of Frets: 16
Fret Size: Vintage-Style
Position Inlays: Neo-Classic™ "Thumbnail"
Neck Material: 2-Piece Mahogany with Scarf Headstock
Nut Width: 1.6875" (42.8 mm)
Scale Length: 25" (635 mm)
Neck Pickup: Fideli'Tron™ Humbucking
Hardware Finish: Gold-Plated
Bridge: Rosewood-Based "Rocking" Bar Bridge and Bigsby® Tailpiece with CA Wire Arm
Tuning Machines: Deluxe Die-Cast
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Unique Features: Traditional Gretsch Rancher "Triangular" Sound Hole, Iso-Chamber Mounted Fideli'Tron™ Pickup, White Bound Neck and Headstock, White Bound Body with Black/White/Black/White Top Purfling, White Heel Cap, Black Painted Headstock with White Pearloid Gretsch Logo and Horseshoe, Synthetic Bone Nut, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, Adjustable Truss Rod with Headstock Adjustment, Tortoiseshell Pickguard
Optional Accessories: Hardshell Case (P/N: 0996402000), Gig Bag (P/N: 0996487000), Sound Hole Plug (P/N: 9221050000)
Why We Love Gretsch
Gretsch has been handcrafting guitars for over 135 years. The unique sound of the Gretsch semi-hollow body guitar has become synonymous with rockabilly music, one of the first styles of rock ‘n roll. Gretsch guitars are a favorite among musicians like Chet Atkins, Brian Setzer and George Harrison. At Cream City Music, we love Gretsch too, which is why we always have a huge selection of new, used and vintage Gretsch guitars in stock.