Gretsch Guitars G5810 Bo Diddley Signature

Expert Review

Modeled after the cigar box style that Bo Diddley is rumored to have first created for himself back in 1958, Gretsch’s G5810 is instantly notable for its unique rectangular shape. But make no mistake, this guitar has way more going for it than just a highly distinct look. Two chrome humbucker pickups instantly conjure a tone that is perfect for wailing blues leads and gritty rhythmic riffs; it’s also worth noting that this guitar is well-suited for southern rock music, too. Just dial up on the volume knob to fluctuate between pristine clean tone or growling overdriven greatness. The electronic components of this guitar are also heightened by volume controls per pickup, as well as a master volume control, which provides you with the ability to really dial in the perfect sound.

The G5810 offers a rosewood fretboard and maple neck which are ideal for comfort while you play, as well as the wrap-around adjustable bridge which ensures the type of sustain you’ll need to have your instrument truly sing the blues. The late, great Diddley’s signature sits upon the headstock as an added visual flair and beyond that, there’s not much else to discuss. Plainly put, this is just the type of guitar that you’ll want to plug into an amplifier and immediately start playing.Rating: 4.5/5

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