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The Gretsch Rancher Series' boldest guitar is this G5022CE Jumbo. A large body size is great for solo acoustic guitarists who need a full bodied, punchy sound with plenty of bass warmth and pleasant resonance. On top of that, Gretsch have elected to adorn this model with a striking Western Orange Stain finish and flame maple body which will catch everyone's eyes, as well as their ears!
The Gretsch Jumbo Rancher is fitted with a Fishman Isys + Pickup and preamp system, driven by an under-saddle pickup. The versatile Isys+ takes the great sound of the solid spruce top and maple body and turns it into a rich signal, ready for amplification by plugging into an acoustic guitar amp or direct into a PA system.
Here's what Gretsch say about the G5022CE Jumbo Ranger Electro-Acoustic Guitar
A great Gretsch name is back with the return of Rancher acoustic guitars. The richly resonant Rancher first appeared in the early 1950s with its highly distinctive triangular sound hole and sweepingly elegant pickguard, and Gretsch is now very proud to re-introduce the model. With a great new selection of body sizes, styles and features that combine the best of the guitar's acclaimed past with the best in modern sound, strength, style and playability, Gretsch now gives you the best of all Ranchers.
The biggest and fullest-sounding Rancher is the G5022CE Rancher Jumbo Cutaway Electric, which produces great volume and broadly expansive tone complemented by its elegant Venetian cutaway for easy access to the fingerboard's upper reaches and onboard electronics that let it be heard even more loudly and clearly. Premium features include a solid spruce top with scalloped X bracing and the traditional Gretsch Rancher triangular sound hole, flame maple back and sides, mahogany neck, 21-fret rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays, 1940s-style pickguard with Gretsch logo, compensated bridge with rosewood base, gold-plated hardware, deluxe die-cast tuners and a gloss Savannah Sunset finish. Onboard Fishman electronics include a Sonicore under-saddle pickup and Isys+ preamp system with
- Body Shape: Jumbo Cutaway
- Body Style: Hollow Body
- Body Top: Solid Spruce Top
- Back and Sides: Laminated Flame Maple
- Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
- Bracing: Scalloped X Bracing
- Neck: Mahogany
- Frets: 21
- Position Inlays: Neo Classic "Thumbnail"
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
- Scale Length: 25" (63.5 cm)
- Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Phase, On-Board Tuner, Battery Life Indicator
- Bridge: Compensated Synthetic Bone Saddle with Rosewood Base
- Hardware: Gold-Plated
- Tuning Keys: Deluxe Die-Cast Tuners
- Unique Features: Traditional Gretsch Rancher "Triangular" Sound Hole, Solid Spruce Top, Compensated Bridge, Gretsch Logo on Pickguard, Fishman "Isys +" Preamp System, On-Board Tuner
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 14 July 2014
Fantastic guitar, looks great and sounds huge!
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 19 June 2014
Great guitar, looks good, sounds good, easy to play.
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 04 December 2013
Fantastic guitar. Smooth and in perfect condition....
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 06 November 2013
Extremely speedy and well informed service
Matt | Purchase date: 04 July 2013
Gretsch Rancher G5022 CE in Western Orange
This is the latest incarnation of the classic Gretsch Rancher first built in the 1950's. The Rancher always looked different thanks to the triangular shaped sound hole, indeed as different as the Selmer Macafferri of the 1930's which have that own retro but unique look to them.
This new incarnation of the Rancher with a single cutaway just looks the real deal. The previous Rancher was finished with the full Western inlays and this one with the simpler Neo Classic tumbnail half moon fret markers and tasteful 6120 sized headstock with horseshoe inlay and T roof Gretsch logo nails it for me. Uncluttered, classy, quality.
This is a jumbo guitar, it is no Gretsch 6120 in body depth, indeed, this guitar seems to shout "I am a 6120 Acoustic" at you. Starting with the woods, it has a nicely figured solid Spruce top which has a lovely Western Orange tinted lacquer coat, through which you can see the grain. The back and sides are topped with flame Maple veneers which are very nicely figured and also treated to the trans orange finish. It has that Tiger Orange look!
The neck is a light mahogany and is nicely figured, and surprisingly for a guitar of this price has a one piece top spread and is only multi layered at the heel. (This guitar has no 'wings' added to the headstock side or a scarfed on headstock, features I have seen on some quite expensive guitars. ) The headstock face is probably a synthetic material but is very well inlaid and finished.
The hardware is nice quality from the Grover style Bean shape machine head keys, the Moustache shaped bridge and the Fishman Isis piezo unit which features an on board tuner!
The build quality is outstanding full stop, leave along for a guitar of this price. The lacquer is faultless and I can feel no joins in the construction or binding. This guitar looks quality and it is to the touch too.
Playing wise, it comes out of the box with slightly high strings at the nut, and can be easily set up in a few minutes by a guitar shop, the bridge is a good height and the strings are just high enough when fretted to avoid buzzing.
Ergonomically the guitar is amazing, given its size it sits on your leg and falls into the right position, it is not a guitar you have to stuggle around to play, it seems made for you. The neck is a lovely slim C shape, very easy to play and is one of the best acoustic necks I have played. It is almost like a 6120 Gretsch to play in that respect.
The sound is nothing short of incredible, the Maple body gives a taut but rounded sound acoustically, the triangular sound hole influences the sound, if you play nearer the bridge it develops a tight almost harpsichord like sound, and as you play further forwards, it builds to a very rounded sound like a warm piano.
Using a Jim Dunlop thin nylon type pick, I found the guitar was clear and bright whether playing an arpeggio, picking notes or strumming chords. The' Bathroom test', playing it in a bathroom with hard, close proximity bright surfaces really blows you away, it is clear and bright whatever you play on it. Jazzy major Sevenths, arpeggiated minor chords, big major chords, it does it all!
For the money, this guitar has a level of quality far above the price tag, it is a great looker, has a great sound and a great retro vibe. Get one!
nick | Purchase date: 05 March 2013
Guitar arrived with box opened ! ! Hmm.
Andertons said it was their staff who had opened and inspected it, but not re sealed it. !!
The guitar itself is bold and beautiful in the flesh. Finish on it is niggling,the nut has sharp edges,the Ivory binding on the head stock turns to White about half way up on one side ..!! the neck is buzzing/jews harp sound especially on G string in barre chords .A new guitar I know and set up required but it seems to be hit and miss how they come out of the box from what Ive read.
Neck is very playable but needs work (fret edges rough) and buzz issue sorted with pro set up before I would consider gigging with it.
Jonathan | Purchase date: 09 November 2012
Bought the Gretsch blind, relying on the goodwill of the seller Andertons.
What a buy. A beautiful instrument finished to a very high degree. I was amazed at the quality for the price. The colour of the Rancher is quite unique and it goes on and on.
Great action, beautiful full sound with deep resonance, does not choke. I dont play through an amp so have not tried the pick up yet, but it really does not matter, the sound is so clean,
Truly superb guitar.
Brad | Purchase date: 02 September 2012
Great guitar for the money - well made, although it's not particularly well set up - the nut needs attention as the strings tend to bite in the grooves a little, but then, for this price, it's worth paying the extra for a pro set up.
Great tone, with a well defined and focused bottom end, good for picking, strumming and single note lines.
Beautiful looking instrument, and a little different.
Haven't tried the electrics as I didn't buy it for that. I'd be tempted to replace the tuners with higher ratio ones, as they're a little sloppy.
I love it though - buy one!
Christian | Purchase date: 23 January 2012
This guitar exceeded my expectations. It is indeed gretsch! Bright beautiful sound. I like the looks because it is so unique and very comfy when playing flat chords. It took nearly two months for the guitar to arrive from Gretsch. People form Andertons are professional business people. Despite of that long wait they are in constant contact with me thru e-mail. Buy from Andertons and I'm sure you will be pleased.