5420 vs 6120!

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by jackfossett, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. jackfossett

    jackfossett Gretschie

    127
    Jul 17, 2019
    Maine
    Hey folks
    Been working on this shootout for a while - enjoy!



    Jack
     
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  2. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    What is the difference between a 6120 and a 5420?

    700!

    sorry, a bad dad joke I know, I can’t help it.

    Nice demo and great playing, thanks for sharing this!
     
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  3. jackfossett

    jackfossett Gretschie

    127
    Jul 17, 2019
    Maine
    NO THAT DAD JOKE IS AMAZING AND NOW I AM ASHAMED THAT I DIDNT MAKE IT IN THE VIDEO
     
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  4. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Age:
    47
    Mar 6, 2011
    nj
    I like the mild crunch you get. Both guitars sound good.
     
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  5. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Age:
    72
    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Great comparison Jack. Love my Electromatics, can't justify the pro lines since I only play at home for my enjoyment.
    Thanks for taking the time to show us the difference between the two models.
     
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  6. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Great job comparing and I enjoyed your playing as well.

    The 5420 is cool, but man that 6120 is a thing of beauty and really special. I believe you mentioned it, but is it a soft or hard V neck?
     
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  7. dougmon

    dougmon Synchromatic

    701
    Jan 9, 2013
    California
    Great job showing the virtues of each guitar. I would own both if I were gigging -- I think they fill just different enough functions. Thanks for doing this.
     
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  8. trlobdell92

    trlobdell92 Gretschie

    129
    Oct 6, 2014
    Cleveland, OH
    This is a really nice demo, great work! About the only difference I can discern is that the 6120 has a higher level of brightness and spank, but that's literally a matter of pickups. Great playing!
     
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  9. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Nicely done, Jack!
     
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  10. jm99

    jm99 Gretschie

    115
    Mar 21, 2015
    France
    nice playing
    i prefer the 6120 sound
    i would have like you to compare playability of both models, fingerboard, shape and size of frets, thickness and shape of necks ...
     
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  11. Stonepicking

    Stonepicking Gretschie

    290
    Sep 14, 2018
    Portsmouth uk
    Nice demo. I love my electromatic's, they sound, feel and play excellently but I will get my country gent eventually. Nothing else plays or sounds quite like a Gretsch for sure.
     
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  12. jackfossett

    jackfossett Gretschie

    127
    Jul 17, 2019
    Maine
    Thanks everyone, glad you enjoyed it!
     
  13. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Which program did you use for editing the video? Kind of wondering what people are using and yours came out well.
     
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  14. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    Wild. I actually preferred the sound of the 5420 in this vid. The 6120 sounded slightly thinner and brighter(dare I say, more “Gretschy”?), while the 5420 sounded slightly tonally wider, chewier, and just a bit darker....

    Im not a purist, and/but I preferred the 5420 in this particular video.
     
  15. Filtertronico

    Filtertronico Gretschie

    143
    Aug 26, 2014
    Germany
    Great demo of two beautiful guitars!The "Electromatic vs Proline" issue sometimes gets a bit controversial and emotional, but you put it in a very nice and harmonious way, well done!!
     
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  16. jackfossett

    jackfossett Gretschie

    127
    Jul 17, 2019
    Maine
    Thanks! Believe it or not I just use iMovie. I don’t do much fancy editing, I try to use just good shots and audio and keep the videos straight forward, so at this point I haven’t needed anything more. Although I do keep flirting with the idea of getting Final Cut Pro.
     
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  17. jackfossett

    jackfossett Gretschie

    127
    Jul 17, 2019
    Maine
    I actually think that’s a totally fair observation. This particular 6120 is much more vintage driven for the cleaner, thinner sound, whereas the 5420 is geared towards a more diverse guitarist demographic and probably wanting to cover more of a vast tonal territory (i.e. darker and squishier for more overdriven or distorted tones)
     
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  18. jackfossett

    jackfossett Gretschie

    127
    Jul 17, 2019
    Maine
    Thanks! Yeah I get that. I think ultimately the point is that Electromatics (and also Streamliners for that matter) are guitars you can absolutely be proud of. They play and sound great and are a joy to play.

    Tone snobs are just that, snobs.
     
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  19. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Thanks.

    I’m not sure if iMovie offers blacking out part of or the whole screen. If you’re open to suggestions for any future comparisons, maybe see if you can do something like this Electromatic vs Pro video for a blind sound comparison. But your video came out great and is by far better than I can do. It’s cool that you took the time to make it. I know yours wasn’t sponsored by Gretsch.

     
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  20. Joey L

    Joey L Synchromatic

    571
    Jun 24, 2016
    White Plains, NY
    I put TV Classics in my 2016 5420 and got that brighter, clearer spank you describe. Glad I did it! The TV Setzers are great also.. a little hotter.
     
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