5422 in a 5420 case?

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by mrcoffee23, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

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    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA
    I bought a 5422 used off of Reverb, and it came in what seems to be a Gretsch case for a 5420. That means the slightly thinner body of the 5422 doesn't get any upper back support, adding some strain to the neck joint.

    Is there a case made specifically for the 5422 or its 2.25" wide brethren? Or a decent aftermarket option?
     
  2. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Gretschie

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    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    I use three identical cases for my 5422-12, 5422TG and 5420T.
    The case number is G6241FT. Case is made by TKL.
     
  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    THIS IS WHY EVERY GUITAR SHOULD COME WITH A CASE .......UGH ! :mad: .....And these darn case companies NEED A CROSS REFERENCE OF WHAT GUITAR GOES WITH WHAT CASE .....UGGGGHHH !!! :mad:
     
  4. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    AND A JACK PLATE!!!!!!! ;)
     
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  5. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Gretschie

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    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    I started a thread recently about buying a dreadnought acoustic case for my G5129 (G5420 size). The case is great and the guitar fits really well and is probably fine but the bottom of the case is not angled like the guitar is so under the neck heel I can feel a little over an inch of air space.
    http://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/g5129t-in-dreadnought-acoustic-case.205219/#post-1302377

    So my idea is to add to the padding. I'm going to shop small pillows next time I'm in MalWart and see if I can find something I can shape to give more support to the guitar.
    And if my sister has some cushion foam and material for a cover maybe she'll make me a custom cushion, if I ask nicely.

    Edit: and I may buy a dreadnought some day so I want the extra cushion to be removable.
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2020
  6. tolm

    tolm Gretschie

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    Jan 25, 2016
    UK
    I think there are Streamliner cases available for the 2420 and whatever the double cut equivalent is? Should fit the 54xx models as well and are a little cheaper.
     
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  7. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Gretschie

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    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    He's already got a 5420 case that's the same size as the 2420.

    I've wondered if a G2622 (335) sized case might not work, my 2622 measures 1 13/16" thick at the edge and that's less than 1/2" thinner than the 5422.
    If you can find one to try it just might fit.
     
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  8. tolm

    tolm Gretschie

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    Jan 25, 2016
    UK
    yeh, sorry that’s what I was thinking of - the G2622 case for the double-cut vs the G2420 case for the single-cut but I guess it depends if the G2622 is the same size as the G2422 (and G5422 for that matter ...)

    *phew* I’m exhausted!!
     
  9. SAguitar

    SAguitar Gretschie

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    Jan 17, 2020
    Oregon
    "I like that guitar, now how much is it with a matching case and a dang jack plate?"
     
  10. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Gretschie

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    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    Yes I still get confused by the numbers but I've only been learning them for a few months. I used to think that any "22" (like my 2622s) was thin...but now I learn that some are thinner than others?!?

    And I've not found anyplace where they list the dimensions of these guitars. That would make it too easy, I guess.

    You can't go to the Gretsch website for help either. Try to find any case on the website, am I the only one that can't find them? The only reference to a case seems to be some numbers on the 2017 price list. No pics or info.
    You can get some ideas from the category the cases are in but it's still not clear.

    In the pre-internet days companies would purposely not give out info in order to force buyers to go talk with their friendly dealer.
    But in these days of online DIY nuclear warheads I think they should tell us which case to buy.

    If someone knows of a list of cases with models and/or dimensions, along with prices, please share the secret and post it here.
     
  11. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Gretschie

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    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    So rant off, back to the original question. Is a 5420 case too tall for a 5422?
    I found some Gretsch cases that list they are for the 5120 and 5122, so it looks like they don't make one for your guitar.

    But there are a ton of 335-style cases out there and on GC they often have dimensions and with all the makers I'm sure some are thicker than others.
    For example, this SKB lists the body depth at 3 3/4", I'd expect that's from the bottom of the body to the top of the Bigsby? https://www.guitarcenter.com/SKB/Thin-Body-Semi-Hollow-Guitar-Case-1274115027169.gc
     
  12. aFriendbFrosty

    aFriendbFrosty Electromatic

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    May 22, 2020
    West Coast
    I've bought the G6241 and G6267 cases for my Gretsch.
    -the 6267 is for the thin hollowbody guitars. I bought it for my 5622t, which is sized like a 5422 from my understanding.
    -I use the 6241 case for my 5420t

    You could also try alternate brand cases. I know my 5622t can fit in a Casino/ES335 sized case just fine.
     
  13. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    That’s correct my brother had one.
    The G2420 Streamliner case is exactly the same as the 5420/5422 case except the hardware is chrome & the Gretsch logo on front of the case is silver. It’s the same TKO case but half the price!
    Seen them for £70 to £80 here in the UK..
    It definitely fits the 5420/5422 perfectly.
     
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