The Gretsch Jet series has been seen and heard on stages and in recordings for 65 years now. For 2018, Gretsch offers the G6128T Player's Edition Jet FT with Bigsby — another classic, big-sounding hot rod with strings for those who like soaring clear tone and thick, crunchy bite. For well over a century the Gretsch sound has been recognized as big and powerful, loud and clear. The G6128T Player's Edition features a select mahogany body with maple top and modern chambering for an axe that is made to rock. A pair of renowned high sensitive Filter’Tron humbucking pickups kicks out the legendary tone that Gretsch is known for. In addition, a string-thru Bigsby tailpiece adds classic Gretsch looks and sound — a signature feature beloved by seminal players from Eddie Cochran to Brian Setzer. Players here at Guitar World love the classic tone and looks of the G6128T Player's Edition.
The G6128T Player's Edition doesn't stray from the "recipe" for chambered electrics that the master luthiers at Gretsch have been using since the 1950s, when the really legendary body style, pickups, and appointments kicked into full swing and inspired players like Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, and Chuck Berry. Mahogany has long been the major tonewood used by Gretsch for these iconic chambered electrics. Known for its thick sonic profile that includes crisp highs and midrange resonance, the G6128T Player's Edition is made from select mahogany from body to the U-style neck — beautifully resonant tonewoods from end to end. In addition, a 12"-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and eye-catching pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays gives you a neck that is legendary for its playability and fast action response.
The pair of High Sensitive Filter’Tron humbucking pickups that drive the G6128T has a storied past involving none other than Chet Atkins himself. Unhappy with the hum he would get in the humbuckers he was using, Atkins turned to inventor Ray Butts, who wired two coils out of phase, creating what could be considered the first humbucker. Although the patent and distinction for humbuckers would end up going to another who had been working on a similar design, the resulting sound these pickups produced would become sought-after by many players at the time and even today. These pickups use a magnet that is nearly twice as large as a traditional PAF magnet and taller bobbins, resulting in bigger, brighter tone — a tone that many consider closer to a single-coil but with the heat and density of humbuckers.