Gretsch Electromatic!! Who knew?

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by dmunson, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. alan s

    alan s Electromatic

    Oct 4, 2016
    Who knew?
    We did that's why we bought one
    I have a G5422TG and it is my favourite go to guitar,I also have a Les Paul copy (Vintage brand) a Squire Strat Affinity and a couple of Ibanez models but I always go back to my Gretsch Electro somehow.
    I just love the sound of the Gretsch and it's looks and playability,if I had to sell all my guitars and keep one, the G5422 would be the one
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  2. Tokairic

    Tokairic Electromatic

  3. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Country Gent

    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    yes! LOVE my 5120 and Electro-jet!!
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  4. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    I couldn’t be happier with a Gretsch.
  5. jfassett

    jfassett Synchromatic

    Dec 9, 2017
  6. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    That’s a custom build dBridge.
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  7. DennisC

    DennisC Synchromatic

    May 11, 2017
    The one you had on the Hotrod or another one, made for her?

    Anyway - I didn't actually know how good these guitars are, but I knew they are good (before I bought her) and I knew they got better a few times since their introduction, the last major upgrade being made prior to the 2016 models.

    And ... it still makes me happy. I come home from work, have spent like 8 hours on different trains, got made angry at the company trying and failing to run them, grab her, unplugged, just strum a few chords, look down in front of me and think "what a beauty!", as she really is one.
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  8. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    I may have the country of origin wrong, but they were labled as 6120 and 6128 at GC, again, around 2002.
    I was not even aware of the 5xxx series at the time. I've been primarily a Fender player for the last 50+ years.
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  9. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    Dec 6, 2018
    5420’s are definitely quality at an affordable price. Wouldn’t trade mine for a stock pro line. I’ve done too much work to it and when I’m finally done with all the upgrades it still won’t cost as much.

  10. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

    Jul 23, 2019
    You can find lots of good Electromatic reviews on the web, enough to pique your interest to go seek one out in a local shop and try one out for yourself and make up your own mind about them. My problem then is having to choose among all the great options.

    I like these guys’ reviews, always entertaining
  11. Thema Lrin

    Thema Lrin Electromatic

    Mar 16, 2017
    I’m humble opinion, the Corvette (CVT) is the best bang for your buck in the electromatic line.
    Pop on a Bigsby Tuning Stabiliser and squishy spring, and it’s an awesome guitar.

    I’ve had several Elextromatics over the years - worst experience was with a G5420. The wood, paint and pickups were excellent, but pretty much everything else was poor quality.
    The wiring was terrible, pots were on or off, the nut was grippy hollow plastic, and the bridge rattled like hell.
    I spent a fortune getting it brought up to standard, but by that time was so annoyed that I moved it on. The buyer got a great guitar, all fully sorted, I learned that the only advantage a G5420 has over a Streamline 2420 is Blacktop Filtertrons.
    If I conducted the experiment again, i’d buy the 2420 over the 5420 every time.

    IMHO you have to be crazy to spend £900 on a new G5420 when you can pick up a used Annie or Tennessee Rose for not much more money.
    The difference in quality is a giant gulf, a massive leap. The G5420 is a good guitar, but not good enough for £900. Not good enough for £500 IMHO. There is still work for Gretsch to do to bring it up to standard for the price they’re asking.
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  12. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    Electromatics have come quite a way since they were introduced, the 5120 i have was a good platform to mod and learn the way of the Gretsch. The pro jet followed, and has served me well, of course after i purchased mine, thats when Gretsch improved the line, even though i own a proline now, i wouldnt be opposed to another electromatic or even a streamliner, i think Gretsch's entry level guitars are nicer than other companies.
  13. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

    Jul 23, 2019
    I have a fixed bridge, so I can’t really comment on the tremolo, but my Electromatic G5422G-12 is a joy to play, after about a month or so of joining the club I am really enjoying it and consider it to be gig ready right off the shelf. It stays in tune well enough with the factory strings still. I have to retune when using a capo, but that is pretty typical. I really like the sound and feel of it. “The only time that seems too short is the time that I get to play”
  14. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

    Oct 22, 2015
    Ha! I knew! I love my 2 Prolines- the 6120 and the G400, but I love my electros too. Right now, a beat up 5191 is a favorite, and so is my 5420. I've never had a three pick up guitar though, and you're making me want one.
  15. lwilliams

    lwilliams Electromatic

    Sep 7, 2011
    Athens, GA
    I bought my G5522DTCG in Dec. 2017.

    I own several Custom Shop Fender and Custom Shop Gibson, PRS, and Martin guitars. Truthfully, I was not prepared to be impressed - just like the OP. However, there is nothing to complain about. I love the guitar. It holds up very well next to my much pricier guitars.

    I refer to it as my "poor man's White Falcon". I keep toying with the idea of swapping the Blacktop FilterTrons for some TV Jones Classics. But, so far, I can't find a good reason to do it.
  16. Wjensen

    Wjensen Gretschie

    May 25, 2019
    Raleigh, NC
    I have a new (2018) 5420T, and it plays very nicely. I have not modified it at all, and it stays in tune when I use the Bigsby. It came set up properly as well. I have an Epiphone Les Paul that I had to take in for a set up. IMHO, Electromatics are a great value.

  17. Cyclebilly

    Cyclebilly Newbie

    Sep 3, 2019
    Bristol, UK
    The post-2016 Electromatics are different animals. I'd always wanted a modern Gretsch but had been put off by just feeling and hearing such a difference between the 'old' Electromatics and the Japanese models. No point getting not-quite-a-proper-Gretsch.

    With all the competition from 'Gretsch-Like' Ibanez models and Peerless it's like they decided they needed to make a higher end Korean guitar to compete and let the Streamliners take over the cheaper end of things.

    My G5420TG has been a revelation. I love how it sounds. Sure, I lusted after the Gretsch G6118T I played it against but, unlike before, no way was that worth over £1100 more and through a nice Fender amp I couldn't even say it sounded better, not night and day anyhow. The G5420TG sounds like a classic Gretsch to me and that's all I wanted.

    I love the pickups and can't fault them at all so why change? The cheap-looking standard open back tuners do the job, as does the cheap-looking bridge. Again, though, unless I really want to get into extreme Bigsby abuse or tuning doesn't hold up under gigging conditions I'm not going to jump on any mods just for the heck of it.

    I went for the white/gold 'White Falcon' livery and I think it looks beautiful. Being picky I think a hint of ivory in the very bright white would have looked classier but, hey, it still looks great and gets so many, 'Wow!' compliments from people including, 'I love your White Falcon(?)'.

    I thought the Aspen Green was nice but a bit safe for my tastes. While the Fairline blue looked beautiful but I felt I could get bored of the blueness. The best colour was the Cadillac Green with gold in isolation but I thought the white/gold would be cooler on stage, especially in the sort of dingy venues I sometimes play.

    As with even the relatively Korean expensive guitars (the G5420TG is RRP £1089 as a 'special edition' in the UK, though Electromatics seem to often turn up on sale and blowouts so I paid £699 and £100 to get the optional Gretsch hard case) the set-up wasn't perfect, nut was cut moderately too high but that sort of 'in the ballpark' set-up is what you get usually in Korean guitars. All the fret work was great and the frets perfectly level so only needed a cheap set-up with my favoured guitar guy.

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  18. Joey L

    Joey L Synchromatic

    Jun 24, 2016
    White Plains, NY
    You might have caught a bad 2016 5420 came through great...I did put on a quality roller bridge I had in my spare parts bin. While the blacktops are not bad, I did put in TV Classics which in my option is a more refined tone.
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