Which 5420?

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by EasyEd, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. Geordie99

    Geordie99 Electromatic

    Feb 22, 2017
    Superb choice!!!! I know that you'll enjoy it, as it really is a well-built guitar.
  2. bruce bennett

    bruce bennett Electromatic

    Jul 8, 2012
    If I see something that really strikes me cosmetics wise.. I buy it.
    my last purchase was one of these.

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  3. BigDaddyNC

    BigDaddyNC Electromatic

    Mar 9, 2018
    Wake Forest, NC
    Excellent choice! I have one of the black 5420's with gold hardware, too...I just love it!
  4. kjmac

    kjmac Gretschie

    Mar 7, 2018
    Omaha, NE
    I just picked up a mint condition G5420 in orange stain, and it came used with a Tusq nut and a tone bleed circuit. Got a great deal. I just need to put it through a professional setup.

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  5. Stevie Z

    Stevie Z Electromatic

    Jun 14, 2018
    Kitchener, Ontario
    I was agonizing about the same choice - and was definitely leaning towards the purple anniversary edition (even though ever since I saw the John Players Special black and gold Formula 1 car when I was a kid I've been obsessed with that colour scheme) but then I saw that the Anniversary edition has a 'compressed ebony' fingerboard, and after talking to someone at Gretsch/Fender am now nervous about. However, never been a fan of rosewood either...so will probably get the purple one - after a MUCH closer look at the fingerboard...

    Stevie Z.
  6. Davos

    Davos Gretschie

    Jan 18, 2018
    What’s considered a deal on one of these, if you don’t mind me asking.

    I got a 5120 with ceramic filtertrons and a case for $650. I thought that was not bad.
  7. kjmac

    kjmac Gretschie

    Mar 7, 2018
    Omaha, NE
    I lucked out. Mine only cost me $499 in a well worn case. I have since bought a new Gretsch hard case for $115, so I have about $615 in mine.

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  8. Davos

    Davos Gretschie

    Jan 18, 2018
    That looks pretty cherry. Mine was a bit battle worn, but I actually like it like that. I really have no worries about making that first scratch. I didn’t like the sound of the pickups so I ordered some tvjones and since I also heard some buzzing or humming so decided to get a new wiring harness whike I was at it. Then a Compton bridge and I’ve got probably too much into it.

    The funny thing is that the old filtertrons probably are fine. I was playing through my 1980’s fender sidekick so I probably should not have judged so harshly. And when I took out the filtertrons, they were poorly connected so that probably contributed to the bad sound. Oh well live and learn. I since bought a 6120 Nashville for a good price so I guess I’m covered.
  9. O Riley

    O Riley Gretschie

    Jun 2, 2018
    Sunny California
    Nice, that's a pretty sweet price.