Gretsch Rancher G5034TFT: madness or genius?

Just released, the Gretsch Rancher G5034TFT has got to be the most distinctive looking guitar I’ve seen in a long time. An acoustic with Fideli’Tron™ pickup and a Bigsby® B70G tailpiece with a “wire” trem arm – completely mad, but utter genius.

The G5034TFT Rancher dreadnought is one of a range of new acoustic guitars that Gretsch exhibited at the 2014 NAMM show. Key features include an arched maple top and back with binding, maple sides, classic Rancher triangular sound hole with binding, mahogany neck, 16-fret rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays, volume control, “rocking bar” bridge with rosewood base, deluxe tuners, and gold-plated hardware.

I own a G5022CE Rancher Jumbo Cutaway Electric in the same Savannah Sunset finish. Great guitar. So I am very tempted by the new dreadnought.

The full spec is as follows:

Body material: Arched Laminated Maple Top with and Back with Laminated Mahogany Body colour: Savannah Sunset
Body shape: Dreadnaught
Body back: Arched Laminated Maple
Body sides: Laminated Mahogany
Body top: Arched Laminated Maple
Body finish: Gloss Polyester
Number of frets: 16
Fret size: Vintage-Style
Position inlays: Neo-Classic™ “Thumbnail”
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck material: 2-Piece Mahogany with Scarf Headstock
Nut width: 1.6875″ (42.8 mm)
Scale length: 25″ (635 mm)
Neck pickup: Fideli’Tron™ Humbucking
Controls: Volume
Hardware finish: Gold-Plated
Bridge: Rosewood-Based “Rocking” Bar Bridge and Bigsby® Tailpiece with CA Wire Arm
Nut: Synthetic Bone

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