NGD: G2629 to join the Sparkle Jet Club!

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by JT19, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. JT19

    JT19 Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    In a recent thread asking which Gretsch would be our next, I replied:


    The G5220 is still on the way... it'll be here Friday. But in between that post and now, I had the opportunity to acquire another Gretsch via a local trade.

    This G2629 Sparkle Jet was too cool to pass up!





    Needs a new toggle switch for the pickup selector (the original one broke off, but still functions), but other than that it's in remarkable shape for its age. Barely any fret wear, and the rosewood fretboard is very smooth with no sharp frets, etc.

    My understanding (and perhaps someone with more knowledge of these can correct me if I'm wrong) is that these Sparkle Jets were made in Korea between 1999-2003, and were available with either Electromatic or Synchromatic on the headstock (depending on where they were sold), and in both a solid-body version and a semi-hollow version with a single f-hole.

    As far as I can tell, the Synchromatic models start with G16xx and the Electromatic models start with G26xx. It appears the third digit delineates between solid body (1) and semi-hollow (2), while the fourth digit indicates the color: black (5), silver (6), blue (7), gold (8), and red (9).

    Thus, G2629 would indicate a red Electromatic Sparkle Jet with an f-hole... while G1626 would indicate a silver Synchromatic Sparkle Jet with a solid body.

    Features include a bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and a 24.75" scale, a wrap-around tailpiece, master volume, individual volume for each pickup, master tone, and a 3-way pickup selector connected to two Gretsch humbuckers.

    The pickups are nothing special, but I like them enough that I won't be swapping them out anytime soon. The neck feels really nice... reminds me a lot of the neck on my Strat.

    One more shot that tries to catch a little more of the sparkle:


    I'd love to hear from other Sparkle Jet owners! Let's see some pics and hear what you think of them!
  2. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    Don't have one, but I love the matching headstock!
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  3. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    I’ve never played one but like the sparkle. And I really dig the Electromatic script on it. I hope you enjoy it.
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  4. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Gretschie

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Congrats on your new guitar.
  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Your understanding of the models is correct. Nice guitars, just sold a blue one. Very moddable, if you’re into that. Standard Humbuckers fit in the pickup route. Congrats.
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  6. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

  7. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
  8. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
  9. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2020
    Semi hollow: I like
    That Electromatic font on headstock : I like
    That wraparound bridge: I like
    That sparkling color: I like
    Damn I love it!!!
    Enjoy ☺️
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  10. Wjensen

    Wjensen Gretschie

    May 25, 2019
    Raleigh, NC
    Looks like you struck Nice guitar. Enjoy!
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  11. JT19

    JT19 Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Installed a new toggle switch to replace the broken one, and she's better than ever!

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