This Brian Setzer model Gretsch is one of the prettiest guitars we've seen. The 2-tone Harbor Blue finish is breath-taking. The maple—top, back and light blue sides—display a healthy amount of flame. As one of the guys here said: "Now, that's a stage guitar!"
The Hot Rod is also one of the best-playing guitars, set up perfectly for easy chording and leads. It's stripped down and simple, too, with two custom Brian Setzer-TV Jones-designed Hot Rod Filter’Tron pickups, a three-position pickup switch and single (count ‘em: ONE!) master volume control.
The single-cutaway bound hollow body has an arched top, 1959-style trestle bracing and f-holes; the two-piece maple neck has a bound ebony fingerboard with Neo Classic thumbnail inlays. Other features include Sperzel locking tuners, pinned Adjusto-Matic bridge and Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece. Simple as it gets.
Body Laminated maple top, sides and back
Finish Harbor Blue gloss urethane
Neck Three-piece Maple, Brian Setzer signature on back of headstock
Scale Length 24.6
Fingerboard Ebony, bound / 9.45” radius
Inlay Neo-classic “Thumbnails”
Nut Width 1.6875
Tailpiece/Bridge Chrome Bigsby B6C Vibrato w/ Gretsch Logo / Adjusto-matic
Tuners Sperzel Locking
Pickups Two TV Jones/Brian Setzer Classic
Controls Master Volume, 3-position pickup selector
Case Deluxe Hardshell
Why We Like Gretsch Guitars
When you think of Gretsch, it’s hard not to think of Mr. Guitar himself—Chet Atkins.
Whether you associate the Gretsch brand with the country gentleman’s impeccable style, rockabilly’s swagger, the '60s British invasion or music’s newest hitmakers, Gretsch guitars have a unique vibe and appeal.
We really like Gretsch’s classic looks and distinctive tone—and nobody else makes a Bigsby look as cool. We also appreciate recent improvements, including “Black Top” Filter’Tron pickups and the addition of new center-block models. But with all the new refinements, there’s still nothing more eye-catching than a timeless Gretsch.
- Body Laminated maple top, sides and back
- Finish Harbor Blue gloss urethane
- Neck Three-piece Maple, Brian Setzer signature on back of headstock
- Scale Length 24.6
- Fingerboard Ebony, bound / 9.45” radius
- Inlay Neo-classic “Thumbnails”
- Frets 22
- Nut Width 1.6875
- Tailpiece/Bridge Chrome Bigsby B6C Vibrato w/ Gretsch Logo / Adjusto-matic
- Tuners Sperzel Locking
- Pickups Two TV Jones/Brian Setzer Classic
- Controls Master Volume, 3-position pickup selector
- Case Deluxe Hardshell