Why was the Gretsch 2627 streamliner a flop?

Discussion in 'Streamliner Gretsch Forum' started by Markkkky, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Markkkky

    Markkkky Gretschie

    Aug 26, 2017
    Why was the Gretsch 2627 streamliner a flop? Any ideas? It was released in June this year and they've already discontinued it.
  2. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Do you mean 2657? I can’t find the model 2627 to see which one it was.
  3. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Gretschie

    Apr 25, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Was it a factory special release?
  4. Tracy74

    Tracy74 Electromatic

    Nov 11, 2017
    This guy, right?[​IMG]

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  5. Tracy74

    Tracy74 Electromatic

    Nov 11, 2017
    This was from about 3-4 years ago... It hasn't been an option in my dealer portal from Fender. I have been a Gretsch dealer for 3 years.
    There is one locally for sale...I can hook you up with the owner.

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  6. LongJohn

    LongJohn Synchromatic

    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY
    IIRC that was a GC special run.
  7. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    It looks like a Streamilner version of the now deleted G5622T 1st issue with 3 PUs.

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  8. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Synchromatic

    Aug 5, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    The pickups could be dealt with after purchase (if that's your preference), but at the base level of design and styling, they're too heavy and the wrong green, respectively.
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  9. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    My theory: Gretsch had some surplus three-pickup G5622 bodies left over after they discontinued that model, and they decided to outfit them with Broadtrons and sell them as Streamliners. When they ran out of bodies, they discontinued the line.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2019
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  10. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    My understanding is that is was a limited issue sold only at GC. Why, I'm not sure.
    I have the 1st generation 5622, with 3 HiLoTrons, and it's as versatile as any Gretsch I've ever owned. In fact, I wish I could modify one of my Strats to that control scheme.
  11. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario

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  12. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
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    Mayhaps it would have been more popular if it had a few extra pickups and some coil splitting options
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  13. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    It had been years since I thought they made the 2627 (as an Electromatic) so I figured you meant this 2657 below. But now that I think of it, I do recall earlier this year someone posting one from Guitar Center asking if it was real. And if my memory serves me correct GC did a limited run of the 2627 earlier this year for whatever reason.

  14. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I think that's the "Spinal Tap" edition.
  15. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Not sure: it's not clear whether the master volume can be push to 11.

    @Merc do you know what differs from a G2655T?
  16. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    I think @section2 is probably spot on with the leftover 3 PU bodies. It would fail because it's a cheap knockoff on their own product. And yes, these are HEAVY!! 13ish pounds on this one. IMG_20180803_112050.jpg
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  17. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    The 2627 is bigger: it has a 16" lower bout, while the 2655 is 13" or 14". It's also much heavier, because the centre block is not chambered. It has cat's eye holes instead of f-holes. And of course it has the extra pickup.

    EDIT: Oh, wait—I've just realized you were asking for the difference between the 2657 and the 2655. I don't know the answer to that one.
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  18. DennisC

    DennisC Synchromatic

    May 11, 2017
    Uh... 3 pickups never really pulled me ... 2 are fine, and as far as my abilities in electronics and soldering serve this purpose right, 2 are versatile af if htat is desired. I also see more of a point in a slightly-blended in neck pickup added to the bridge pickup's full signal than something similar done with a middle pickup - will likely come out pretty much identical...

    I guess the theory of leftover 3 PU and cat's eye bodies may apply here - a special run of the cheapest range of guitars being that much off from the standard version doesn't seem too intended to me.

    ... but anyway - one of the many guitars I don't see me buying yet but would love to try out.
  19. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    I can only see 2 (cosmetic) differences: the Candy Apple red color and the neck inlays.
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