Would you help me choose a Gretsch? I am a little lost..

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Mimmo, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Mimmo

    Mimmo Electromatic

    38
    Apr 6, 2016
    Paris France
    Hi all,

    I don't post a lot but read this forum everyday - lots of nice and knowledgeable people here :)

    Here's my background. I am a telecaster die hard fan, it will always be my favourite guitar. I own several teles and enjoy playing them all, from AV to Squier VM series: they all have their character and I can appreciate it.

    My second fave guitars are the Les Paul Junior and the Gretsch hollow-bodies, and I usually buy guitars to remember important periods/facts in my life.

    I have pre-ordered a Gibson LP Junior and am actually waiting for the call from the shop and I am playing with the idea to try some Gretsch guitars they have in stock when I go there to pick the Junior up and eventually buy one - yes, I want to buy a second guitar because I just got a great answer about mu health (I have no multiple sclerosis!!) and in a few days I will buy my flat, hence two guitars for two big moments to remember.

    As I told you I dig Gretsch hollow bodies but I am lost when I try to understand the differences between 'em. For ex. the 5420 comes in with different fretboard inlays, which one is the model to look for? Buying new I think I will have no choice, but wanted to hear your opinion.

    I don't care for bid or thin body, single or double cut ecc. I am just looking for a hollow body to add to my collection, which one would be your pick? I mostly play punk, classic rock, alt rock and indie and am in contact with a guy in order to join his Beatles cover band (I would eventually play the rhythm guitar).

    BTW the shop has a ltd ed. 5420 TG 50s in orange and I dig the look of it, would if fit my needs? What model do you suggest?

    Sorry for the long post and thanks for your help :)

    EDIT: I prefer big U-shaped necks.
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2020
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  2. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    The ltd edition 50’s orange 5420 is a hot guitar.
    Try it out and then buy it!
     
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  3. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    There are many great options to choose from. It all depends on your budget and taste.

    The 5420 is the most popular Gretsch. Models from 2016 and later are best. The easiest way to tell them apart is by the headstock: the newer models don't say "Electromatic" on the headstock, while the older ones do.

    But pre-2016 5420s are also great. Most of the differences between the older and newer versions are fairly minor, so if you find a great deal on an earlier 5420, you'll still be getting a fine guitar.

    If you prefer a double-cutaway model, check out the 5422. Its body is a half-inch thinner than the 5420, so some people find it more comfortable to play. And the double-cutaway might look more appropriate in a Beatles tribute band.

    The 54xx series are from the mid-range Electromatic line, but they're really outstanding guitars. If you're flush with cash and are looking for something even better, you can check out the professional series 6xxx guitars. The 6120 is the flagship pro-line Gretsch, but there are plenty of choices. Good luck!
     
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  4. Mimmo

    Mimmo Electromatic

    38
    Apr 6, 2016
    Paris France
    Thank you both, much appreciated! :)
     
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  5. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Age:
    53
    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Welcome!
    Go try that G5420 out. They’re great guitars.
    The new Ltd 50s model looks awesome!
     
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  6. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    62
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Yeah, for the Beatles 'look' I'd go for the 5422 in dark cherry metallic.

    But that's just me :)

    [​IMG]
     
  7. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    Is that a 5622? It's wearing a tension-roller Bigsby.
     
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  8. kjmac

    kjmac Gretschie

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    Mar 7, 2018
    Omaha, NE
    I absolutely love my Red Sparkle G5420 T. It sounds great, has great versatility and it stays in tune even when using the Bigsby. It is made in Korea, apparently at a pretty good factory because the fit and finish is impeccable. Being a thick totally hollow body gives it a big open sound. If I were you I would try out that Orange reissue they have at the store. You'll fall in love.


    Gretsch Red Sparkle.jpg
     
  9. Mimmo

    Mimmo Electromatic

    38
    Apr 6, 2016
    Paris France
    Once more, thanks all you guys.

    Got a message from the lead guitarist who told me not to get the gretsch because he plays George's part so I should look at something more... well, Lennon.

    We would cover all the Beatles eras, so I should get e Ricky 325 and a Casino - I already have an electro-acoustic. Hmmm... Ok, I have time because the LP Junior is not arrived yet, so I will take my decision not in a rush, which sounds good 'especially for my wallet!).
     
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  10. Groutsch

    Groutsch Gretschie

    230
    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    A blond Casino can give you a hollow-body fix, though it's not quite the same as a Gretsch. Ricks are more expensive; for tribute-band purposes, I would look for a Chickenbacker at Aliexpress. :rolleyes:
     
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  11. Mimmo

    Mimmo Electromatic

    38
    Apr 6, 2016
    Paris France
    Good point, thanks. Problem with the Beatles is that the guys have used a bunch of different instruments so if I have to cover all their songs from beginning up to the end I will be in trouble (especially if I was George).
    Luckily John used less guitars, but anyway..

    Thanks!
     
  12. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Make a deal with the lead guitarist: he buys the Casino, you buy the Gretsch. On stage, you swap, but everyone gets back home with their own.
    :)
     
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  13. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    (Learnt some grammar while checking that post: "everyone" goes with a singular form verb but plural form pronoun. Apparently because you cannot define and don't want to bother with the gender of all these "everyone".)
     
  14. Mimmo

    Mimmo Electromatic

    38
    Apr 6, 2016
    Paris France
    I like your way of thinking, sir!
    J'kiffe! ;)
     
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  15. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    You'll need a face surgery, that let's you look like John, because nobody in the audience will care about the guitar you'll play :D

    In other words ... get the G5422 and be happy ;) It will be a better guitar, than an Epiphone Casino.

    PS: Don't forget this:

    In other words ... the Beatles cover band seems less important than above quote, right?!
     
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  16. Mimmo

    Mimmo Electromatic

    38
    Apr 6, 2016
    Paris France
    Good point.
    Yes, you are right, but I miss gigging so much that I would say yes to almost... everything.
    I love the Beatles, that's for sure, but I have tried to gather some people for a Clash tribute band that unfortunately have me just two answers.

    I agree that a gretsch would be better, it appeals to me much more than an epiphone casino but I need to gig!

    I'll keep your words in mind, thanks!
     
  17. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    On the other hand, a Clash tribute band would have led you to play a Les Paul if Jonesing or a Tele if Strummering.
     
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  18. Mimmo

    Mimmo Electromatic

    38
    Apr 6, 2016
    Paris France
    Absolutely. I only own telecasters and am waiting for a les paul junior to be delivered to the shop I ordered it from, but am able to buy a second guitar and my options are between a 2020 epiphone les paul special (as a backup or for gigging) or a gretsch, just to add something new to the staple.
    And now the Beatles.

    Too many guitars, not enough time/money...
     
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  19. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    But for which price? Being forced to buy a special guitar would be a clear sign for me to not join. I would search for a better band.
     
  20. rockinforJesus

    rockinforJesus Synchromatic

    875
    Nov 7, 2014
    Upstate New York
    …. just because
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