In a recent thread asking which Gretsch would be our next, I replied: WRONG! 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!