Gretsch first built the Duo Jet as a response to Gibson’s Les Paul. Then with Gretsch being a drum maker as well as a guitar maker, decided in the 1950s to use the same material they were using on their drums on their guitar tops. This sure got attention and a new iconic model was born.
Based on the classic late-’50s Silver Jet and Duo Jet, the Sparkle Jet features a semi-hollow bound mahogany body with arched laminated maple top, one-piece mahogany neck with bound ebony fingerboard and bound headstock, dual High Sensitive Filter’Tron pickups, Space Control bridge and a Bigsby® B3C vibrato tailpiece.
George Harrison played a black Duo Jet. Gretsch took the Duo Jet to new levels when it started applying its drum material on their guitars. Wonder what George thought of these.
One of the most eye-catching guitars. Every time I show this to someone they always comment how cool it is. Amazing with a little drum laminate will do for a guitar.
Two Filtertrons give it that Great Gretsch Sound.
Gretsch Jets are actually highly chambered and not solid bodies as they appear. This makes them light and resonate. Quite different from a Gibson Les Paul that only has a similar shape. With the semi-hollow body and pickup choice on the Gretsch Jets they sound nothing like a Les Paul.