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Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar Black 

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Take a ride uptown in style and plug it in! Reminiscent of the early Synchromatics of the 1940s, this archtop acoustic/electric has a spruce top, maple sides and back, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard. The G100CE features a Gretsch pickup, separate volume and tone knobs, chromatic tailpiece, aged pearloid block inlays, vintage headstock logo, and compensated bridge. The 40's design is simple and elegant, and you'll be unlikely to find anything like it in the market at this price.

Perfect for the Gretsch player looking for a no-nonsense, the G100CE guitar is a vibe-loaded acoustic that allows you to plug it in and won't break the bank! It's the couch guitar you can take to the streets.

The Synchromatic's Gretsch pickup offers flexibility and tone. The chromatic bridge and tailpiece provide balanced string tension and enhanced bass response. The art deco design is vintage cool!

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  • Body Style: Archtop Acoustic
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Bracing: Parallel Tone Bars
  • Back And Sides: Laminated Maple, 16" Wide, 2.75" Deep
  • Neck: Laminated Maple
  • Pickups: Gretsch Single Coil
  • Controls: Volume and Tone
  • Width At Nut: 1-11/16" (43mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Gretsch Rosewood Chromatic Bridge
  • Tailpiece: Gretsch Chromatic Tailpiece
  • Hardware: Chrome-Plated
  • Finish: Matte Urethane
  • Frets: 20 Extra Broad Frets
  • Machine Heads: Chrome-Plated Die-Cast Tuners
  • Unique Features: Vintage Wide-Block Pearloid Position Markers, Black Headstock Overlay, Pearloid "Gretsch" Logo, Bound Fingerboard, Multiple Body Bindings, "F" Sound-Holes, Streamlined Faux Tortoise Shell Pickguard, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, and Adjustable Truss Rod.

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Gretsch GuitarsG100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar

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Very good for the right reason for it


from Northern US plains

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

    Four stars compared to high-end archtops five to ten times the price but five stars in its price range.

    I didn't expect to get this instrument - but a semi-steal arose from another picker. I grabbed it when almost new. It's quite well made, odd looking on a wall but looks very good under stage lights.

    I prefer the 16-inch body for a jazz guitar, so it's comfortable. I prefer a 24 3/4 scale, so the 25 1/2 scale almost put me off, but it's done well for me regardless and some would prefer it.

    I'd say it's likely best for a more experienced picker because it will meet expectations for what it is. It must have strings and technique matched and, as the other reviewer noted, it will "mud up" if you bang at it as if for Bluegrass. I'm a light fingerpicker 99 percent of the time. No problem.

    Set up well it is almost touchless to play. The neck and balance make moving on the neck quite easy. The big fingerboard marker rectangles are a matter of taste, but I'm a playability guy. The neck and fingerboard are up there with more expensive guitars.

    I'm used to floating bridges but a beginner might try to change all six strings at once and panic when the bridge "fell off."

    Tuners are old-style but nice and solid. The nut doesn't bind, at least not with flats, and seems quite well cut. Frets are fine.

    Electronics... The single "floating" neck pup has a volume and tone control on the pick guard. Some jazzers don't feel they need a tone pot but I like it. Both pots feel quality. A younger beginner may have problems with wires under the guard. A grownup shouldn't.

    The pup perhaps shouldn't touch the guitar top; it barely does on the arch on mine. It's screwed to the neck so it's decent as an archtop acoustic regardless that a 16-inch box isn't going to be all that loud. Bottom line is there aren't extra holes in the top; a lot of far more expensive archtops are built this way.

    Oh - intonation etc.? I got the box, played it a bit, ordered "my" strings. Did a show rehearsal with the old ones. A string broke just as I began pickin'. An archtop can go crazy at that, right? Wrong. I did the piece with five strings still in tune.

    It's not a handmade trophy, but it's quite good for a player who knows this is the kind of instrument they want at a price they can afford.

    On stage? With all six strings, it is a good partner you can play without thinking about it.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


    Pleasingly Unique


    from California

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G100CE Synchromatic Archtop Electric Guitar:

    I really like this guitar. It sounds great plugged in and has a charming mellow tone played acoustically. I don't think the strictly acoustic version would have worked for me. It even looks cool and very unique... although a little industrial with the flat black spraypainted finish but it looks good on and fits my playing style and personality way more than my dreadnaught does. The neck feels good, I can play jazz and blues on this comfortably. It's a little muddy on hard strumming tunes... just need to ease up a little on those. A big plus is I can see what I'm doing while on stage with the bound finderboard and BIG inlays. I like this guitar and I recommend to anyone who can't afford a solid wood archtop acoustic.

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