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Gretsch® G5622T-CB Electromatic® Center-Block Electric Guitar Black

NEW – The double-cutaway G5622T-CB Electromatic® Center-Block Electric Guitar features That Great Gretsch Sound™ with the “center-block advantage.” The interior solid spruce center block running the length of the guitar’s 1 ¾”-deep thinline-style body makes for a lively “high gain-friendly” tone and delivers greater control over the kind of feedback players want. The three new dualcoil Super HiLo’Tron™ pickups are voiced to produce a clean, high-end sparkle with robust low-end, low-noise performance, along with versatile pickup switching.

Other premium features include five-ply maple body construction with a bound arched top and back, bound “cat’s eye” sound holes and a bound maple neck. The G5622T-CB also has a 12.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and Neo-Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays, three-way neck/bridge pickup switching with two-way auxiliary switching (middle pickup on/off), single-ply black
pickguard with Gretsch logo, five “G-arrow” control knobs (volume for each pickup, master tone for bridge and middle pickups, master volume), anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and flat-handle Bigsby®-licensed B70 vibrato, Grover® tuners and knurled strap retainer knobs.

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License Plate Guitar

In MAKE Volume 04, Ed Vogel showed us how to make a DIY guitar out of a cigar box and junk from the hardware store, and electrify it with a cheap piezoelectric pickup. In Volume 21, Mark Frauenfelder gussied it up with a traditional high-quality neck, frets, and tuning machines. In this project we’re going to turn it up to 11 with the help of an old license plate and a few components from RadioShack.

A popular DIY resonator guitar, the License Plate Guitar is easy to make. You’ll wind your own electromagnetic pickup and mount it on a homemade soundbox made with an old automobile license plate for the metal resonator top. Then add a potentiometer and volume knob and get ready to rock that classic electric blues sound.

New Gretsch Center-Block Series Guitars

Every now and then a guitar comes along that’s so fist-bitingly gorgeous, so ‘everything I’m looking for in a guitar,’ that it kicks off that bittersweet ‘I’m never going to be able to afford that… why the hell do I do this to myself?’ feeling. And then you realise it’s from a company’s more affordable range and you start digging down between the sofa cushions looking for spare change to start squirrelling away so you can get one, and woohoo! I forgot there was ten bucks in my jacket pocket! I’m coming to get you, Gretsch G5622T-CB Electromatic Center-Block… It will be mine… oh yes, it will be mine… Here’s more info. GRETSCH® INTRODUCES NEW CENTER-BLOCK SERIES ELECTRIC GUITARS Series combines recognized Gretsch aesthetic, increased sustain and reduced feedback at high volumes SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Oct. 24, 2013) – Gretsch is proud to welcome three additions to the popular Center-Block series, the Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic®, G5655T-CB Electromatic, and G5622T-CB Electromatic guitars. The new models join three previously released guitars, launched in Jan. 2013, targeted at guitarists looking for an alternative instrument that combines the infamous Gretsch aesthetic, increased sustain and reduced feedback, even at high volumes. Available in Black, Rosa Red, and Georgia Green gloss finishes, all models offer the “center-block advantage.” The interior solid spruce center block running the length of the guitar’s body makes for a lively “high gain-friendly” tone and delivers greater control over the kind of feedback players want. The three new dual coil Super HiLo’Tron™ pickups are voiced to produce a clean, high-end sparkle with robust low-end, low-noise performance, along with versatile pickup switching. Together with the “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ bridge pickup, it’s a potent tonal combination. The single-cutaway G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block features a five-ply maple body construction with a bound arched top and back, bound “cat’s eye” sound holes and a bound maple neck. The G5620T-CB also has a 12.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and Neo-Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays, three-way pickup switching, single-ply black pickguard with Gretsch logo, five “G-arrow” control knobs (volume for each pickup, tone for each pickup, master volume), anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and flat-handle Bigsby®-licensed B70 vibrato, Grover® tuners and knurled strap retainer knobs. The Double-Jet™ G5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block offers afive-ply maple body construction with a bound arched top and back, a bound maple neck and a 12.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and Neo- Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays. The G5655TCB also has three-way pickup switching, single-ply black pickguard with Gretsch logo, four “G-arrow” control knobs (volume for each pickup, bridge-pickup-only tone, master volume), anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and flat-handle Bigsby®-licensed B50 vibrato, Grover® tuners and knurled strap retainer knobs. The double-cutaway G5622T-CB Electromatic® Center-Block includes a five-ply maple body construction with a bound arched top and back, bound “cat’s eye” sound holes and a bound maple neck, a 12.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and Neo-Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays, three-way neck/bridge pickup switching with two-way auxiliary switching (middle pickup on/off), single-ply black pickguard with Gretsch logo, five “G-arrow” control knobs (volume for each pickup, master tone for bridge and middle pickups, master volume), anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and flat-handle Bigsby®-licensed B70 vibrato, Grover® tuners and knurled strap retainer knobs. -

Explanation of the C. B. Gitty Basic Cigar Box Guitar Kit Add-on Options

CBG Kit Option #1: Box Corners
Box corners are a popular accent piece on cigar box guitars, and they also help to protect the box corners. You can go with the brass corners we include by default, or choose another option to customize your guitar’s look.
Brass Standard (included) – equivalent to product #32-007-01 – No additional cost. A set of 8 brass-plated box corners, the default option included with the kit.
Nickel Standard – equivalent to product #32-023-01 – No additional cost. A set of 8 nickel-plated box corners, identical in style to the brass corners above.
Shiny Gold w/Screws – equivalent to product #32-034-02 – $.99 extra. A set of 8 box corners with a nice mirror-like gold finish. Slightly flatter profile to these corners than the “standard” corners those above.
Shiny Chrome w/Screws – equivalent to product #32-094-01 – $.99 extra. A set of 8 box corners with a nice mirror-like chrome finish, identical in style to the Shiny Gold corners in option 3.
CBG Kit Option #2: Box Type
Please note that we cannot fulfill special requests for specific box sizes or styles. Everyone wants the biggest, nicest boxes, but those are very hard to come by in any sort of quantity. We can only guarantee that you’ll get a nice cigar box of a suitable size for a cigar box guitar.
Paper-Covered (included) – No additional cost. This is the standard option for these kits, which is a nice paper-covered cigar box of a size appropriate for a cigar box guitar. Most paper-covered boxes are constructed from hardboard or masonite, NOT CARDBOARD, and work just fine as the body of a cigar box guitar.
All-Wood – $3.99 extra. Instead of the paper-covered box we include a nice all-wood cigar box of an appropriate size. Many people feel that all-wood boxes provide better overall acoustic tone. Most of these boxes will be constructed from plywood, though some may be solid Spanish cedar or mahogany.
No Box – subtract $3.00. Choose this option if you have your own cigar box or other item to use as the instrument’s body. If you choose this option you will just receive the hardware pack and 26-page how-to instructions.
CBG Kit Option #3: Digital Tuner
Being able to accurately tune your instrument is important if you want it to sound good. You can do this by ear using a piano or other instrument, but having a digital chromatic tuner is a big help for getting things just right. Our digital tuner is a good quality low-cost tuner that can be used with your cigar box guitar or practically any other instrument.
No Digital Tuner – No additional cost. By default your kit will not come with a digital tuner.
Digital Chromatic Tuner – equivalent to product #90-023-01 – $10.49 extra. A good-quality and easy-to-use clip-on digital tuner that will work with your CBG and most other stringed instruments.
CBG Kit Option #4: Electronics
Adding a pickup to your CBG allows you to plug it into an amplifier and opens up all sorts of effects and custom sound options. It is especially useful if the instrument is to be played on stage or with other musicians. While it is not required by any means, and your CBG will sound fine played acoustically (without amplification), adding a pickup is a popular choice among builders.
No Electronics – No additional cost. This is the default option; no pickup will be included with your kit.
Basic Pre-Wired Piezo Harness – equivalent to product #50-014-01 – $10.49 extra. If this is your first time, this is the best and easiest option to choose for electrifying your cigar box guitar. Here is an article that walks you through installing this option.
Basic CBG Electronics Kit – equivalent to product #53-001-01 – $11.99 extra. This is a more advanced option that requires some soldering, but has the benefit of including a volume control and knob. Illustrated instructions for how to wire the kit are included.
Rod Piezo and Endpin Jack (No Soldering) – equivalent to product #50-016-01 – $13.99 extra. Another more advanced option, includes a rod-style piezo pickup and an endpin strap button jack. See the separate product listing for more info on this pickup.
Pre-Wired Magnetic Pickup Harness – equivalent to product #54-020-01 – $10.99 extra. The most advanced option, this includes a fully pre-wired electric guitar-style magnetic pickup, with volume and tone controls and output jack. What makes this the most advanced option is that it requires some alterations to the guitar neck where it runs through the body of the instrument. We are working on a how-to article that covers this, but at this point we can say that you have to notch down into the neck so that there is enough depth inside the box for this pickup to be mounted through the box lid. Usually this requires gluing a brace to the bottom of the neck, so that it is not overly weakened.
CBG Kit Option #5: Fretting
Fretting is a more advanced topic and requires a good bit more work and attention to detail, so we don’t really recommend it for first-time builders. If you want a fretted CBG but don’t want to do the fretting yourself, consider one of our pre-fretted cigar box guitar necks, available in a variety of woods and styles.
No Fretting Kit – No additional cost. Your kit will not include our fretting guide or fretwire. The guitar you build will be fretless and will need to be played with a slide.
Basic CBG Fretting Kit – equivalent to product #12-001-01 – $9.99 extra. We will include our fretting guide on CD and 6 feet of medium fretwire. The guide will get you started with the basics of fretting and should give you the information you need to get your CBG properly fretted.
CBG Kit Option #6: Slide
Slides are used in different styles of guitar playing, sometimes in combination with frets and sometimes without. Slides are especially associated with certain styles of the Blues. Unfretted slide playing is considered by some (including us) to be the more traditional form of cigar box guitar styles. If you are not intending to fret your instrument, then you will want a slide.
No slide – No additional cost. This is the default option, your kit will not come with a slide.
Glass Vial Slide – equivalent to product #90-002-01 – $2.99 extra. The glass medicine vial is one of the traditional slides used for playing the blues. Glass tends to have a brighter, sharper sound than metal slides.
28mm Stainless Steel – equivalent to product #90-016-01 – $3.49 extra. This is a shorter “stubby” style slide, used for more advanced “partial slide” playing.
51mm Stainless Steel – equivalent to product #90-017-01 – $4.49 extra. This is a nice standard-size slide that can be used on you cigar box guitar or a standard guitar. A good all-around slide that will last forever.

Cigar Box Guitar How-To: Installing C. B. Gitty’s Basic Pre-Wired Piezo Harness

In this article, CBG craftsman Glenn Watt walks us through how he installs one of our Basic Pre-Wired Piezo Harnesses (Product #50-014-01).
So you want to hear that new gitty you’re building through your amplifier that’s been sitting unused behind the holiday decorations in the basement? Do you want to make certain that you can crank that little bad rabbit when everyone leaves and you’re left to your own devices in a quiet home? Or maybe you’re looking to level-up and retro-fit a pickup into a guitar you already have that’s been sorely needing a little volume. In the Pre-Wired Piezo and Jack Harness from C.B. Gitty you have the simplest way to electrify your instrument with the most basic of installation requirements.

Step 1 – Figure out where to mount it
Start by determining where on your guitar you would most like to plug in the cord that will be coming from the amplifier. Be it on the front/face of the box/body or maybe on the bottom/tail-end, make certain that you plan for thejack to be in a spot that is convenient to get at, but which won’t be in the way when you are seated, or in the way of a guitar strap or the hand strumming/picking the instrument.

Step 2 – Drill the jack hole
As you can see in the photo, on this instrument I have chosen to place the hole for the jack on the tail-end of the box. Also, to avoid unwanted marks all over a project, I have applied blue painters tape to the box to mark a hole to drill for the jack. After marking the location I used a scratch awl (any sharp, pointy object will do) to start a hole. This will help to prevent the drill bit from “walking”, which can lead to the hole not being as clean as it could be or exactly where I want it. Next I used a 3/8” drill bit to blast a hole in the box for the jack. To fasten the jack I place the threaded rod of the jack through the new hole and from the outside of the box I place the washer over the threaded end and finally I screw on the nut. I used a ½” socket to get that puppy nice and tight – you don’t want it loosening up once the box is sealed shut.

Step 3 – Route the wires and determine piezo location
From the jack I ran the wires that connect to the piezo under the neck before gluing the piezo to the underside of the lid. By running the wire underneath the neck I am helping to prevent the wire from interfering with the space I want between the lid/top of the box and the neck when the box is closed. That space allows for the lid to vibrate and to create greater resonance for the instrument to be heard especially when it is unplugged (not that there will ever be an occasion when your guitar shouldn’t be cranked after this project). If you are unable to do as I have described because of the design of your gitty don’t fret – it is not essential to place the piezo where I have. You can glue it wherever you want and it will pick up plenty of sound. I am providing you with an example installation that has worked for me on many occasions but is not a hard and fast rule. Remember: building a cigar box guitar is a personal adventure and one should never be afraid to experiment.

Step 4 – Glue on the piezo disk
On the underside of the lid I marked out the general area of where the bridge will be located on the other side (top) of the box lid. The piezo is an extraordinarily sensitive thing and will pick up nearly any bump or scratch on the instrument while plugged in. In order to maximize its potential I prefer to glue it as close to the bridge as possible and on the side of the lower-pitch (bass) strings rather than the higher strings. That is all personal preference and you may choose a different approach. I apply enough hot glue to the intended location for the piezo to act as a sort of cushion to help to reduce just a smidge of the piezo’s sensitivity and then place the piezo in the glue. While holding the wires to keep the piezo from sliding out of the bed of glue I cover it with enough hot-glue to encase the pickup. I gotta continue to stand there and hold the wire so that the piezo doesn’t get all squirrely and slide its way out of the hot-glue nest I have made for it. While waiting for the glue to dry is a little uneventful, it gives me time to imagine how awesome I am going to sound while standing in front of the mirror cranking out some gritty gitty tunes. After the glue has finished doing its thing I close up the box and carry on with finishing the project so I can get back to “real life” before it comes looking for me wondering why the dishes aren’t done.

Step 5 – Plug it in and turn it up
It really is that easy. Drill a hole, screw the jack into place and glue down the piezo. Voila! You have an E-lectric guitar! Now go plug that thing in and turn it up to eleven.

Joe Robinson Demos Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block Guitar

In the recently posted video below, Australian guitarist Joe Robinson provides a guided sonic tour of the Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block guitar.

The guitar features an interior solid spruce center block that runs the length of the thinline-style body and contributes to a lively “high gain-friendly” tone and greater feedback control.

Also highlighted is the potent tonal combination of the sparkling new dual-coil Super HiLo’Tron neck pickup and “Black Top” Filter’Tron bridge pickup.

Simon & Patrick S&P6 CW Spruce Guitar Electro-Acoustic with Hiscox Hard Case

Simon & Patrick S&P6 CW Spruce Guitar Electro-Acoustic with Hiscox Hard Case

- A Beautiful Simon and Patrick Luthier right handed electro-acoustic guitar, increasingly hard to find

- Well loved and well looked after and cared for guitar with fantastic sound

- In very good condition and minimal fret wear.

- Couple of tiny marks in places on the front of the guitar and some of the usual wear around the sound hole. But overall in lovely condition for its age (approx. 10 yrs old and getting better with age!)

- Electronic pick-up gives a great extra dynamic and in perfect working order

- Comes with Hiscox LiteFlite hardcase.

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