NAMM 2013 Watch out – this cat was built to bite . Hunting through the jungle of NAMM ’13, we found this guitar out of the new Gretsch Center Block Series. This new series takes the classic Gretsch hollowbody aesthetic and adds a spruce center block through the entire length of the body. However, Gretsch didn’t just throw it in there to give the guitar some weight and get rid of feedback issues, they chambered the lower bout of the block to lower the weight, and also extended the pinned wood bridge base over the sides of the block 5/8″ on both sides, allowing the string vibration from the bridge to travel through the block and up the body – resulting in an extremely full sounding and resonant guitar.
Features include a 3-ply maple body with arched top and back, three-piece maple neck, 12”-radius bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and pearloid Neo-ClassicTM “thumbnail” inlays, single-ply bound headstock with pearloid Gretsch logo, and dual High Sensitive Filter’TronTM pickups. The guitar also has a top- mounted output jack, “G” arrow control knobs and chrome hardware, an Adjusto-Matic bridge with pinned rosewood base and Bigsby® B6C tailpiece, Grover® Sta-TiteTM tuners and Schaller® strap locks. Available in Black and White. Deluxe hardshell case included.