It's *really* rotten of them to discontinue the critically acclaimed G5420, in favor of moving production to China, downgrading to a Laurel fretboard, and only dropping the price $50. This feels like a price hike, in the form of "making the chip bag smaller for the same price". The new 5420 looks like a Streamliner sold at Electromatic price to me. I was considering getting a "real" Gretsch to compliment my 2622-P90, but I guess the threshold for "real" Gretsch's just moved up to the Player series.
I picked up a used Streamliner 2420T on a whim several months ago. I've also got a G5222 Electromatic. Aside from the hardware, I really don't see a whole lot of difference in the quality of construction. I ended up replacing one of the BroadTrons on the G5222 with a TV Jones Classic Plus, but have so far left the BroadTrons on the Streamliner alone.
@TSims1 posted a demo of the 5427 a few weeks ago.Looking at the GC website today I see they have the latest G5420 models (4 different colors) available for preorder at US$799.00. The specifications appear identical to the Chinese-made G5427 including the “FT-5E” pickups and laurel fingerboard. When you zoom in on the back of the headstock, it doesn’t show the country of manufacture. I assume these will be from China, rather than Korea. I also assume that the “FT-5E” pickups are just Chinese-sourced versions of the Korean BT Filtertrons.
It lists for $799.99 / £919 / €1,059.