Gretsch G2420T
The Specs

Gretsch G2420T

Year: 2023
Builder: Gretsch
Series: Streamliner
Model: G2420T
Color: Brandywine
Hardware Finish: Nickel
Serial Number: IS230301275
Top: Arched Maple
Body: Arched Maple
Body Finish: Gloss
Body Binding: Aged White
F-Hole Binding: None
Cutaway: Single
Pickguard: 3-Ply Tortoise [removed]
Bridge: Adjusto-Matic
Tailpiece: Bigsby B60
Fretboard: Laurel
Fretboard Binding: Aged White
Fretboard Inlay: Pearloid Neo-Classic Thumbnail
Neck: Nato
Neck Profile: Soft "C"
Neck Finish: Gloss
Nut: Bone
Headstock: Gretsch Hollowbody
Headstock Binding: Aged White
Headstock Logo: Gold Guild Logo
Tuners: Die-Cast Sealed
Neck Pickup: Broad'Tron BT-3S
Bridge Pickup: Broad'Tron BT-3S
Pickup Switching: 3-Way
Control Knobs: Gretsch Chrome "G" Knobs [upgraded]
Controls: Master Volume, 2 Volume, 1 Tone
Switch Tip: Gretsch Chrome [upgraded]
Auxillary Switching: Push/Pull Volume for Coil-Split
Case: Gretsch Streamliner Tweed Hardshell Case

Body Size/Shape: Gretsch G6120
Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
Frets to Body: 14/19
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Scale Length: 24.75"
Nut Width: 1.6875"
Body Width: 16"
Body Depth: 2.75"
Strings: D'Addario EXL115 (.011-.049)

The Story

I've always loved the sound and style of hollowbody guitars with Bigsbys... there's just something really cool and classic about that combination for me.

I've owned a number of Gretsch 6120-style guitars over the years, but moved away from them when I started really getting into jazz and was looking for a warmer tone. Gretsch's Streamliner series uses Broad"Tron humbuckers, however, that are warmer than the typical chimey Gretsch pickup—so when they introduced the G2420T in a metallic red (which they've named "Brandywine"), I had to give one a shot.

The G2420T has traditional 3-way pickup switching, but the master volume control features a push/pull pot to split the pickup coils. So in addition to the thicker, warm sound of standard humbuckers, the coil-splitting gives the ability to get tones closer to a single-coil pickup.

Most of the Gretsches I've owned have been either from their Professional or Electromatic series, but the Streamliner series offers tremendous value and still delivers Gretsch quality. The Broad'Trons may not have the characteristic Gretsch chime assosciated with Filter'Trons aand DynaSonics, but they still sound fantastic. There are some obvious cost-saving choices (the most visible one being the laurel fretboard, which looks odd since I'm used to ebony fretboards on Gretsches), but the Streamliner series are impressive "budget" guitars, and the Broad'Trons pair nicely with the hollow body to provide a big, warm clean tones.

I've "hot-rodded" my G2420T by removing the pickguard (shows off more of the beautiful finish, and the tortoise style pickguard just doesn't look very Gretsch-like to me), replacing the stock radio-style knobs with chrome "G" knobs, and replacing the stock black plastic switch tip with a chrome Gretsch barrel-style switch tip. These are purely aesthetic upgrades, but I really like the way they've improved the G2420T's appearance.

Gretsch G2420T After

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