I tried a 5420T Electromatic today

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by MrAstro, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    MrAstro, well done. Beautiful guitar, loves me some Fairlane Blue
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  2. MrAstro

    MrAstro Gretschie

    Mar 5, 2015
    Sydney, NSW
    Well I've got the action pretty nice and dialled in now. I'll tell you what - the quality control can't be too bad!
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  3. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Congrats sir,love that blue myself!
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  4. unknown fan

    unknown fan Gretschie

    Aug 7, 2018
    Very nice snag, I love mine too. My profile pic is me playing the 6120SSU I had to sell to pay for medical expenses and yes they are a different animal - but the 5420's are a terrific instrument in their own right
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  5. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Now y’all are making me miss my 5420TSIMS which Tony bought, modded in every way possible and promptly sold.
    I might contact the person i sold it to.... just on the offchance they got bored with it yet.
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  6. J Bird

    J Bird Gretschie

    Dec 2, 2016
    You did great
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  7. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    Mills River NC
    That comes as no surprise to 5420 owners. Congrats on your new beauty.
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  8. MrAstro

    MrAstro Gretschie

    Mar 5, 2015
    Sydney, NSW
    Well I've been playing it a few weeks now (quite a lot of hours each day) and I have to say it's still nice and I haven't changed my opinion. I did wonder if anything would annoy me with it but no... I did have to file the nut a bit to get that to the right height oh and tighten the output jack which came loose. Both of those things are normal with even much more expensive guitars sometimes of course.

    I have even begun to wear the frets a bit. I do play a lot each day though.
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  9. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

    Jul 23, 2019
    Some very nice playing on your YouTube channel. I really like those glass display cases for your guitars, that is a great way to display them and keep them at the ready.

    I was about to get one of those 5420's, that's what brought me in, but for some reason the 12-string 5422 on the shelf next to it just grabbed me, and the 4th of July sale price at GC helped. One may still be in my future someday.
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  10. rockinforJesus

    rockinforJesus Synchromatic

    Nov 7, 2014
    Upstate New York
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    More than a few of us have added input jack plates for various reasons, mostly to protect a potential weak point. I used a Gibson jackplate which fit perfectly, but the stock jack was a bit short, so I upgraded that to a Switchcraft L11 (money well spent), did a couple of aesthetic changes (gold plastic appointments), and added an ABM2400 roller bridge. Very happy with mine still to this day.
    Oh yeah, don’t forget to upgrade the stock Bigsby spring to one of @Setzerhotrod’s squishy springs. I bought a Reverend one (best $10 I ever spent) before I knew he had them.
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  11. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Like rockinforJesus I did similar upgrades to an already great guitar.

    Jack plate, dressed the nut, ABM roller bridge and shaped the bottom of the bridge base to match the guitar top.

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  12. MrAstro

    MrAstro Gretschie

    Mar 5, 2015
    Sydney, NSW
    Funny you should mention that - I noticed that too. I was just getting motivated to do it at some point :)
  13. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013

    That was a great guitar! I still think about it sometimes!! Sounds like you do too....... ;)
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