Price paid: A$ 2200
Purchased from: a shop in Melbourne
Features: All the usual bits and pieces but oh man is the Bigbsy a sweet thang! TV Jones Pups etc... // 9
Sound: This is the clincher! Bored with Fender and Gibsons, our band needed a new guitar voice and I found it in a Gretsch Duo Jet. Crystal bell like clean tones for country and twang. Gets pretty close to a Ric tone with 10s Throw on some gain and hear the beast come out for rock. This is a multi-use guitar that I play jazz, rock and country on with no problems at all. To my ears, and my bands and Session clients, this guitar provides and incredible array of sonic landscapes. I play through a Vox AC 30, a Jackson or a Fender Twin most of the time. No need for any pedals, it's all wonderful valve tone and this guitar gobbles it up and records like a sweet mama! Throw some tubescreamer action on and be blown out the door. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: This was a second hand model but in great condition. No flaws or blemishes, but even if it had minor ones I would recommend the Duo Jet for tone alone! Tuning pegs tight and reliable. No noise either which most engineers appreciate... // 9
Reliability & Durability: No problems with set up, strap locks no problems. Gig with it for two solid hours without any loosening of the strap locks. Tune? Locked in all night and utterly dependable.
All onboard ware seems solid and sturdy after gigs and flights a plenty.
This is a pro guitar which I record with and tour with extensively. On tour I generally use 62 RI Strat and a 330 Gibson as a back up now. This is truly an outstanding instrument, absolutely value for money next to other more expensive brands and has tone to burn for years. Forget reputation kids, go and play many guitars and then play a Duo Jet...
I have about 20 guitars, all the usual brands but this is among the best sounding and best playing. Highly recommend it! Play one and you'll take it home. // 9
Overall Impression: I play rock n roll and do Session work ranging from folk to jazz to country to Cream style rock. This monster has it all covered. Of my many guitars this is in the top few and my precious white penguin which comes out only for sessions is the only one that outshines the Duo Jet.
Stolen? I'd be crying, then I'd be out hunting the sob and then I'd get another Duo Jet!
Best feature? Tone... Classic tone tone and more tone. All Gretsch's are wonderful instruments. // 9