Church Use: Acoustic/Electric guitar
Features: It’s been a while since we’ve seen something truly unique on an acoustic guitar, but I don’t think any other word can describe the Gretsch G5034TFT Rancher. The G5034 comes in a standard dreadnought body with an arched maple top and back with mahogany sides and neck to give it a full, natural sound. That’s about the only thing that’s standard about this guitar, as one glance will quickly tell you. Mounted onto the guitar is a bigsby with a “rocking bar” arm plated in gold. If that wasn’t enough, the guitar also features a Fideli’Tron humbucker pickup, also gold, similar to the filtertron pickups used in classic Gretsch guitars. The G5034 sports a gold volume knob and tuners as well.
Sound: With all its bling, you might guess that this guitar is all show, but it actually surprised me with its pleasant tone and mellow sound. Long known for their hollowbody electric guitars, Gretsch designed the G5034 to be played plugged in, and that’s where it really shines. The Fideli’Tron pickup provides a clean, round tone that is designed to reject feedback on loud stages. The Bigsby arm sounds amazing and works surprisingly well, although it does double the weight of the guitar.
More: Great looking guitar with unique features
Less: The hardware makes the guitar extra heavy