Gretsch G2622T Streamliner Center-Block

Gretsch recently brought back their affordable Streamliner line, and the G2622T Center Block is part of this new release.

Gretsch G2622T Streamliner Center-Block

This double cutaway, semi-hollow body guitar follows after old Streamliner models from the '60s, the main difference being the use of modern and more cost effective production methods.

As the name of the series implies, the Streamliner line are stripped down and straightforward versions of Gretsch' premium guitar models. They are guitars designed to provide sound and feel that are as close to the premium models as possible, while retaining a lower price point - which means blings and frills are limited. The original Streamliners where introduced back in the '50s and are now back to cater to the same entry-level to mid-tier market.

The company calls their semi-hollow guitars as "Center Block", which spells out that the guitar is hollow on the inside but has a block of wood on the center. And it's no secret that this double cutaway shape is inspired by the iconic ES-335, albeit with some minor tweaks that make it unmistakably a Gretsch instrument. The G2622T is one of the latest to come out from this line, and it is meant to provide players with an affordable semi-hollow body guitar that is road and stage worthy.

While the original Streamliners virtually had exactly the same hardware as their more expensive counterparts, the modern version has a different pickup. Labeled as Broad'Tron humbucker, the company says that this "high-output pickup spawns robust lows, pristine highs and a throaty midrange for a unique tone that blends well with other instruments in a band context."

The pickup works in conjunction with the semi-hollow laminated body and spruce center block that runs the length of the entire body. This design is said to reinforce the top and helps reduce feedback for high-volume friendly performance. Control layout follows traditional Gretsch controls with independent neck and bridge pickup volume knobs, a master tone knob and a master volume control. A 3-way pickup selector lets you choose which pickup to use, or to combine both.

Following more modern designs, the nato neck has a thin-U shaped profile and 12" radius rosewood fingerboard. Specs stay within familiar territory including the 24.75" scale length and 1.6875" nut width. It has a total of 22 medium jumbo frets with pearloid block inlays serving as markers.

Another cool feature of the Gretsch Streamliner G2622T is its Bigsby-licensed B70 vibrato tailpiece, which is paired with the adjusto-matic bridge with the base anchored to the body. Other hardware include synthetic bone nut and die-cast nickel tuners. Rounding up the guitar's features include the vintage-style gold control knobs, two-ply white and black body binding and single-ply black pickguard.

Check out the official video demo:

The new Gretsch G2622T Streamliner Center-Block has an MSRP of just $749.00, which makes it within reach for many guitarists. It is currently available in two finish options - flagstaff sunset and torino green. For more information and the complete specifications, visit Gretsch Guitars.

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There's also a red one

There's also a red version of the G2622T which looks much nicer to me.

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