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Gretsch Definitions - Explaining Gretsch's innovative designs!

Published: Fri April 09, 2010  News Feed

High Sensitive Filter'Tron™ Pickups

"Gretsch Filter'Tron Electric Guitar Pickups Filter Out Hum, Neon Noises, Crackle and Electrical Disturbance!"

The Filter'Tron "Electronic Guitar Head" was introduced in 1957 at the summer NAMM show in Chicago. Filter'Tron pickups feature dual-coils and are designed to Filter out the elecTronic hum normally associated with single-coil pickups, while adding a warmer tone, and a significant increase in output and sustain.

HiLo'Tron™ Single-coil Pickups

"HiLo'Tron Electric Guitar Pickups Feature Full Hi-Fidelity, Brilliant Highs, Mellow Lows and Extra Lively Response!"

Gretsch HiLo'Tron "Electronic Guitar Heads" were developed in 1958 as a replacement for the venerable DeArmond pickups. HiLo'Tron single-coil pickups have an incredibly broad range of tones, from "Brilliant Highs" to "Mellow Lows!"

DynaSonic™ Single-Coil Pickups

"DynaSonic Pickups Yield a Tone of Incomparable Power and Fidelity!"

Originally known as the Gretsch-DeArmond Fidelatone, the DynaSonic single-coil pickup has been a Gretsch standard since the late '40s. Being one of the first pickups to offer individually adjustable pole-pieces, DynaSonic pickups feature shimmering highs and a rich, full bass response.

Bigsby® Vibrato Tailpieces

"Bigsby Vibrato Tailpieces Provide Exciting Tonal Effects!"

Bigsby vibrato tailpieces have been available on Gretsch guitars since the '50s. Their classic design allows guitarists to add beautiful tremolo and pitch-bending effects to single notes or full chords – while keeping the guitar perfectly in tune.

Bigsby Stationary Handle

Sometimes called a "Fixed Arm", the Bigsby stationary handle is fixed in one position, moving only up and down to create the vibrato effect.

Bigsby Wire Handle

Also known as the "Chet Atkins" handle or "arm", the Bigsby Wire handle is preferred by many Gretsch players. Plus, it just looks so darn cool! Also available in a Stationary configuration.

G-Cadillac Tailpiece

A hallmark feature of the Gretsch Falcon™ and Penguin™ models, the hand made "G-Cadillac Tailpiece" symbolizes grace and elegance.

G-Cutout Tailpiece

The G-cutout tailpiece is seen on most Country Clubs and Anniversaries, as well as some Jet models. This simple, stamped brass design has become somewhat of a Gretsch hallmark, and is still used on most non-vibrato equipped Gretsches today.

Chromatic Tailpiece

The Synchromatic 400 "Chromatic Tailpiece" is an exclusive Gretsch feature. The tailpiece is designed to compensate for differing string gauges, thereby reducing tension and equalizing playing finger pressure. The tailpiece makes playing easier with uniform finger action.

Synchro-Sonic™ Bridge

A Marvel of Engineering!
First introduced in 1951, the Gretsch Synchro-Sonic Bridge produces perfect intonation in all registers by means of moveable string rests. Each string is allowed to find its own true octave and true intervals in all positions. All strings can be accurately tuned and locked in place. No screwdriver needed!

Available in Chrome, Nickel or Gold

Synchronized Bridge

The Synchromatic "Synchronized bridge" is another exclusive Gretsch feature. The bridge is graduated to provide progressively broader contact between the vibrating strings and the top, or sounding board. The result is perfect harmonious balance between the fast vibrating treble strings and slower vibrating bass strings.

Space-Control™ Bridge

"With the new GRETSCH SPACE CONTROL BRIDGE" the guitarist can for the first time space his strings to suit every style of playing."

Split hair spacing adjustments can easily be made for the finger stylist, the single string artist or the chord player. With the space control bridge, each string is provided with a transversing adjustment which makes it possible to set a broad spread of the strings for finger style playing or a narrow spread for pick and chord work.

Rocking Bar Bridge

No fuss, no muss! A long time favorite among Gretsch players, the Gretsch Bar bridge produces a smooth glassy tone with enhanced sustain.

The updated version of the classic Gretsch Bar bridge features cone shaped post holes allowing the bar to "rock" back and forth when a Bigsby Vibrato is used.

Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge

The Adjusto-Matic bridge offers great tone and precise intonation with its six individually adjustable string saddles. When used with a Bigsby vibrato, the bridge slightly "rocks" with the movement of the strings- reducing friction and adding tuning stability.

Electrotone™ Hollow Body

Introduced in 1962 to help reduce unwanted feedback while playing at louder volumes, the Electrotone hollow body is typically 2" in depth, and has simulated F-holes.

Chet Atkins was already a successful, respected and extraordinarily busy artist and producer by the time Gretsch® approached him in 1954 with a singularly enticing offer...and even now, over 50 years later, the Gretsch Chet Atkins guitars still retain their appeal. From The Beatles to the Stone Roses, many classic bands have used a Chet Atkins - instruments of  exceptional elegance, style and quality.


Above: George Harrison proudly shows his two Country Gentleman (left) and John Squire of Stone Roses with his Gent.

This Flash tour will show you a bit more about those extraordinary guitars.

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