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Discussion in 'Streamliner Gretsch Forum' started by dreamingGretsch, Aug 7, 2019.
Welp, glad I live in the US lol
Whoops, meant to post a link
Gretsch G5420T Electromatic Single Cutaway Hollow Body with Bigsby 2017 Aspen Green https://reverb.com/item/23636776-gr...green?utm_source=android-app&utm_medium=share
Thanks guys for all your inputs!! Im excited to get a Gretsch again! Tax season is upon us and I’m gearing up for a new purchase.
Since I had the hollowbody, I’m now curious to try the semis with centreblock, but I dont want the tone to overlap with a 335 which is a league of its own. But I’m still decided to get a hollow body as of now!
The SL’s are my way to enter Gretsch territory again, but I’m always on the lookout for the new gen. When it came out, thats the only time I regret buying the 1st iteration of a guitar, i had the old gen 5420T, but the new gen has all the things I wanted. Neo classical inlays, and a few more aesthetic upgrades!
I have a G5420 and a G2655 Streamliner both with Bigsbys and I love them both. The 5420 was great right out of the box but I upgraded the 2655 with a Biggs fix tuning stabilizer which wouldn't be needed with the big body G2420. The tuners are better on the Electromatic but that is easily remedied. The only other upgrade was a set of chrome knobs. I'm keeping them both.
I really enjoy my Streamliner - I love the semi hollow body and rosewood fingerboard
BUT many streamliners have issues with staying in tune Be prepared to put time effort and money into rectifying that either with a new nut (the stock one is very cheap plastic), a new bridge, and or new tunes (the stock ones are low quality). I’ve replaced / upgraded all of those components as well as the pickups.
The toggle is low quality as well.
I’ve gone down a rabbit hole at this point but looking back on it I should’ve just bought an electomatic for the money. After all that and the cost of the guitar I’m in probably 900$.
Well, by my personal experience, I can say this for nearly all guitars I have now and had in the past - and certainly instruments to come - no matter the price ! It's not a Streamliner specialty at all...
But yes, when it's done, you've got a surprising unique, great player guitar, most of the time... Particularly with cheap models where the measurable gap is sometimes amazing ! That's right : it has a cost - even with costy models, though...
I still can't get over the finish and quality of the G2420 streamliner for the money. I was lucky to pick a mint one up including case for £216 so with a new set of Kluson tuners (which was a big improvement), new bridge and a set of nickel knobs (copies) I'm still well under £300. I'm really happy I didn't stretch to the price of an Electromatic for the time being.
I've got a mate with a G2622. He LOVES it. He's unsure of the Nato neck (he'd prefer something more known), and found it a bit woofly at first. But he's modded it with a bass cut on his tone pot, and gets great tones out of it. The standard pickups aren't as 'Gretsch-y' as proper 'Trons, but they're still decent (and obviously upgradeable).
Nato's fine, my 45yr old Yamaha has a nato neck and it's perfect.
I have owned the Pro Lines, Korean Electromatics, and Chinese Gretschs and there is clearly a difference in build quality as you move up in the price ranges. Having said that, they each are great guitars and worth owning. I would not hesitate to own any Gretsch model.
He's just not sure if that's why it's woofly and muddy on the lower strings. He's a definite tone wood believer, and he's not had much experience with Nato, hence his uncertainty.
That said, he'd buy another Streamliner in a heartbeat.