Is G2655 suitable for jazz ?

Discussion in 'Streamliner Gretsch Forum' started by Cri75, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. Cri75

    Cri75 Electromatic

    Mar 19, 2020
    Hi everyone,
    Some days ago I went to a shop with the idea to check some hollow body or semi-hollow body, I was interested in the Ibanez AF series, but when I saw the Gretsch G2655, I liked it more.
    I spent some time looking for a youtube video where it is used in this way, but only one and not so good video appeared.
    Surfing on the web, I found your forum and so I suppose that here is the right place to ask.
    So the question is if the Broad’Tron™ BT-2S humbucking pickups are ok for the tone that I am looking for.
    I like a very clean tone, not distorted and I would like to learn to play smooth jazz, folk songs (in fingerpicking way) and some simple classical piece and even a quite of blues.
    So I would ask you if this guitar could be suitable for this application?
    I would like to buy it, but I need to understand if it is ok for what I want to play, and now with the Covid19 issue, it is not a good time to go and spend some time in the shop to try it by myself.
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2020
  2. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Hello and welcome here.

    I'm not sure a G2655 would be the right Gretsch model you're looking for.
    Broadtrons are rather fat humbuckers. Of course, it remains pretty versatile but you can get much better.

    Here's a video which pretty well demonstrates that versatility:

    But if I were to choose between my G2655T and my G3140 for what you wanna play, I'd pick the G3140.

    Cpl Gretsch.jpg

    Did you consider getting a used one?
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  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Welcome to Gretschville!

    IMO an experienced player can play pretty much anything on any guitar.
    The guitar people pick up is more about giving a visual indication of what to expect from their playing.
    It’s not enough to play jazz or metal. You have to look like you’re playing jazz or metal too. Of course they are right.:)

    The Streamliner looks like a fine guitar for either jazz or metal. Just make sure it’s a good one.

    Clean sound. Sure, but that is partly amp and settings.
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  4. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    I've got one. Much better than I expected. Very comfortable and ergonomic. If you're looking for a brain surgery clean sound, that may not be your shortest line between two points. With careful tweeking of PUPS and knobs, you might get kinda pretty jazzy, but you also might want to change the neck PUP, or maybe just move on to a different guitar. IF you want crystal clear electric built for jazz but sounds like THE ACTUAL GUITAR in your hands without coloration, I may have your plan B.
  5. TheBiggestJerk

    TheBiggestJerk Electromatic

    Jun 17, 2019
    The Moon
    Yes absolutely. Mike Stern plays jazz on a Tele, Les Paul played it on some guitar, cant remember the name but it was cool.
    That’s what tone knobs and neck pups are for.
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  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    You can play anything on any guitar.
    It's the player, not the instrument.
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  7. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish's true some states have laws about this sort of thing. Mostly, they're not enforced unless you're a musician.
  8. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
  9. davenumber2

    davenumber2 Gretschie

    Nov 1, 2019
    Columbia, MO
    It would be as good as any other PAF style humbucker guitar.
  10. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    I think it would be suitable for jazz. I had a Historic Series G3161 that sounded like a Gibson.
  11. BFTmarshall

    BFTmarshall Gretschie

    Jan 12, 2020
    sit in with my cuz's band from time to time when they need a guitar player in a pinch(dinner theater jazz gig-high end) 2014 Gibson SGJ & Marshall DSl is my rig of choice..anything that has a nice clean functions for me..then a guitar with that much control on the guitar knobs like the Zebra's makes it so easy..we have a blast. I have a 2655 & prefer a more precise guitar in that instance
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