New Gretsch Spectra Sonic Guitars Offer Great Looks And Playability!

Story by UEC

SpectraSonics The newest addition to the Gretsch Guitar Company’s professional guitar series is the Gretsch Spectra Sonic line designed by Tom Jones of TV Jones Guitars. On display at the 2001 Summer NAMM show in Nashville, these guitars attracted a lot enthusiastic interest from Gretsch booth visitors.

These stylish guitars including the Spectra Sonic Lead, C Melody, and Bass, were originally hand made to order and custom built by Tom Jones. Rich Modica, long-time guitar technician for Brian Setzer, collaborated with Tom to determine how these quality instruments could be put into quantity production and still maintain the unique qualities that make them so special. It was crucial that the instruments continue to be supremely playable, resonate with innovative tones, and be aesthetically engaging. Keeping these requirements in mind, it was the only obvious choice to have the Gretsch Guitar Company, the originator of the Rockabilly guitar, produce this handsome trio.

The beautiful Spectra Sonic guitars in a striking black finish with uniquely-shaped white pickguard and chrome hardware come stock with custom-made TV Jones pickups that give them a sound that will undoubtedly make them a hot seller in Gretsch’s professional line.

Spectra Sonic Lead guitar features include: 3-piece Mahogany neck with 24.75-inch scale, 22 frets joining the neck at the 16th fret, African Padauk fingerboard, _” off-white dot inlays with corresponding side dots, chambered Alder body with laminated Spruce top measuring 15.25-inches wide and 1.875-inches deep, chrome Bigsby B-12 tailpiece, custom made TV Jones alnico pickups, master volume, master tone, and 3-way pickup selector.

Spectra Sonic C Melody guitar features include: 3-piece Maple neck with 29.25-inch scale, 22 frets joining the neck at the 16th fret, African Padauk fingerboard, _” off-white dot inlays with corresponding side dots, chambered Alder body with laminated Spruce top measuring 15.25-inches wide and 1.875-inches deep, chrome Bigsby B-11 tailpiece, custom made TV Jones alnico pickups, master volume, master tone, and 3-way pickup selector.

Spectra Sonic Bass guitar features include: 3-piece Maple neck with 33-inch scale, 21 frets joining the neck at the 15th fret, African Padauk fingerboard, _” off-white dot inlays with corresponding side dots, chambered Alder body with laminated Spruce top measuring 15.25-inches wide and 1.875-inches deep, custom made TV Jones alnico bass pickups, master volume, master tone, and 3-way pickup selector.

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