Gretsch G5220 what color to buy

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by copperheadroads, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. copperheadroads

    copperheadroads Electromatic

    Age:
    47
    23
    Apr 5, 2014
    The Rock /Canada
    I'm thinking of buying one of these & i'm leaning towards the Jade Grey Metallic .
    has any one seen this color in person ? in the pics that I've seen it looks kind of green
    i also like the gold & the cherry but i don't have enough green/red guitars
     
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  2. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    333
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
  3. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Maybe some members who went to NAMM saw the new Grey. I must say I have the DCM and it is gorgeous. I'm not a bling guy so the metalic brings some pizazz while still being a little understated and elegant.

    Like batman, my favorite colors are black and very, very dark grey so I'm hoping someone here gets the Jade Grey, it looks great.

    But . . . you're gonna have to look at that gutr every day, so my opinion doesn't really matter.
     
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  4. NoRhythm

    NoRhythm Electromatic

    69
    Sep 5, 2018
    UK
    Like Henry said you’ve got to look at it. The black was £30 cheaper than the cherry, but I paid the £30 and got a gorgeous looking guitar. Go with the heart on this!!
     
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  5. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    422
    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    I asked a similar question myself a few days ago but I'm trying to decide between the Jade Grey and a Cadillac Green (special colour on the 5220 for L&M in Canada).

    I'm can't decide.

    ETA - Gretsch has posted a pic on facebook and unless someone boo boo'd... damn, Jade Grey is a green sparkle.
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2019
  6. jfassett

    jfassett Gretschie

    316
    Dec 9, 2017
    Tucson
    Ya never see a “jade gray” and a “ Cadillac green” 5220 in the same room at the same time? Ha! I think they are one of the same, ha!
     
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  7. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    422
    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    I'm been googling this morning... Gretsch's facebook post really makes me think they posted a green sparkle by mistake and called it Jade Grey.
     
  8. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    As a Lefty, we usually have little choice in colors... So for the G5220LH, it was Black or Dark Cherry Metallic, no other possibility. Needless to say that I went for the G5220LH-DCM :

    [​IMG]

    A+!
     
  9. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

    775
    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    I don't know, that cherry is mighty pretty.
     
  10. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    422
    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    Simply gorgeous. I wish I could find an Electromatic Jet with a Bigsby that wasn't a tension bar but... looking at the Gretsch site just now it seems they've actually pulled a few down.

    5220 with a V stop it is...
     
  11. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thanks Winterwind !

    In fact, my Gretsch G5220LH-DCM is born without Bigsby (as most of the LH models), so I added one.

    I could put a B5LH like on my now sold G5345LH below :
    [​IMG]

    But, after some measurements on the body of a G5220LH and G5435LH, I have found that it was doable to install a B3LH with some modifications in order to obtain a satisfactory break angle.

    For more info, see my thread on that subject : http://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/gretsch-jet-g5220lh-dcm-new-guitar-day.181375/

    The B3 offers the advantage of being more "Jet", and can be made working satisfactorily on a G5220 - but with some modifications...
    [​IMG]

    A+!
     
  12. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    422
    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    I think on my soon to be ordered G5220 I'm just staying with the V stop.

    My G5420T is the only guitar I've ever had with a Bigsby/Trem system... well, unless we count my very first electric when I was 14. I had a Fender Squire Bullet. It didn't stay in tune as you can imagine.

    I'm just having the colour debate again. Depending on the lighting the Jade Grey can look anywhere from grey to green to bluish green. My wife and I were looking at every pic we could find last night. We were comparing this one between three different devices last night (at the bottom of the page).

    https://blog.gretschguitars.com/2019/01/weve-got-10-new-gretsch-temptations-coming-your-way/
     
  13. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes, that G5220 Jade Grey looks very nice and pleasant... I doubt that they will issue it in LH, unfortunately :(...

    A+!
     
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  14. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    422
    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    My condolences. Bad enough being demon spawn and forced to write right handed in the past but now you southpaws are denied a wide array of guitars.

    When I get my Jade Grey... and I've pretty much decided I will... I will... um... compose an ode to lefties. Or something.
     
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  15. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Ha ! It was way much worse in the past - at least here in France :D... Gretsch is one of the few brands that understand that there is a decent market for LH players, along with... Harley-Benton !

    A+!
     
  16. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    333
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    Hi hcsterg - I notices in your original post on modifying your LH G5220 that you had shielded the upper surface of the control cavity with what looks like aluminium foil. Did you do this as a matter of course or were you trying to prevent a low level hum? I'm just curious. I have a bit of a hum on mine (very low volume) and just shielded the top of the cavity with copper foil. I'll try it out later tonight. Maybe the unshielded harness wiring produces the hum rather than a problem with grounding?
     
  17. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes, new6659 : I did it because everything was removed from the cavity, so why not putting some adhesive shielding aluminium by the way ? I didn't notice any hum problem, but as rebuilt the wiring, I shortened as best the lengths of wire that were not shielded...

    I'll see also if I have hum issues at very low volumes like you... ;)

    A+!
     
  18. Bluesman68

    Bluesman68 Electromatic

    I had the Casino Gold. After a month, I returned it in exchange for a PRS SE Custom 24 as I needed a 24-fret neck for my gigs. My 5220 was the least costly among my 7 guitars that's why I let it go...

    The PRS went back 2 days later for a Charvel DK24 HSS, the damn thing just wouldn't stay in tune!

    Today I got myself the Cadillac Green...I couldn't forgive myself for letting go of a wonderful guitar that I had to get it back, unfortunately, the Casino gold I returned was gone a day after I returned it.

    The G5220 is the best bang-for-the-buck guitar I ever owned and I'm not parting ways with it again. Great tones and playability! Here she is in action:

     
  19. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

    105
    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    I'm taking my 5220 back to the dealer tomorrow.....it just doesn't sound anyway near like yours! Great playing Bluesman!
     
  20. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    422
    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    Well, that's one less Cadillac Green in Canada. I counted them all on the L&M site (assuming that's where yours came from - pretty sure they were an L&M exclusive colour).

    I'm still deciding. Cadillac Green or Jade Grey. I really, literally can not decide between the two. I'm leaning towards the Jade Grey because I know every single Cadillac Green G5220 L&M have nation wide is on the wall and been touched by who knows how many hands.
     
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