Ebay listed as G5120 ??? looks like a G5420 to me

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by hayleyfan, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. hayleyfan

    hayleyfan Electromatic

    31
    Aug 11, 2011
    Montreal qc Canada
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/GRETSCH-EL...461877?hash=item4d9d5ae635:g:thMAAOSwNAJdmoom


    Serial: KS10023011 makes it February 2010, or it was a special order and the person did not want thumb inlay on it.
     
  2. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
  3. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    293
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    I concur.
    Definitely a 5420.
     
  4. Sean McILwaine

    Sean McILwaine Synchromatic

    554
    Dec 26, 2012
    London UK
    It looks like a 5420 and as stated on the head-stock Electromatic. I have one in aspen green, great guitars. The 5420 with the humpback fret markers are from 2011 to about 2016 and the bridge should be floating. The tuners are different on this guitar on the older 5420 they are not enclosed so open cog.

    It might be a 5120 but I find it odd that the whole guitar has a gold setup even down to the truss rod cover screws but the original Bigsby is silver? Nice leather soft case.
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2019
  5. Limuz

    Limuz Gretschie

    303
    Sep 8, 2012
    Netherlands
    Sure ain't a 5120. But isn't February 2010 a little early for it to be a regular 5420? My 5120 has a December 2012 serial. Tuners look odd to me, and I don't think early 5420s even had the fancy binding like they do now (with the black line). Multi layer f-hole binding, too. Odd duck!
     
  6. Sean McILwaine

    Sean McILwaine Synchromatic

    554
    Dec 26, 2012
    London UK
    I've never owned a 5120 and I might be wrong but I don't think they had black top pickups.
     
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  7. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    293
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    FSR of some kind?
     
  8. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Ask the seller for a pic of the label, should be pretty clear. I think it’s a “FSR”, but no basis on that other than the serial number. Humpblock inlays, wide headstock without binding, the original Blacktop mounting style (which was available on the Tim Armstrong in 2010) all tell me a limited edition, maybe sort of a test run for the G5420T, which didn’t exist in 2010.
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
  9. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

    915
    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Looks a lot like my 2014 5420tT.
     
  10. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    293
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    Looks quite similar to my 2012 build 5420T :)
     
  11. Sean McILwaine

    Sean McILwaine Synchromatic

    554
    Dec 26, 2012
    London UK
    My 5420T is 2011, the blacktop pickups on mine have 2 screws each to adjust height and one screw each under the pick-guard. On this guitar there is only one screw on each pickup shown rather that 2. Hope this makes sense.
     
  12. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    It's a G5120WG, I asked the guy for a label pic. Still an odd duck though...
     
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