Chinese vs Korean made 5622T

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Drock2k1, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. Drock2k1

    Drock2k1 Synchromatic

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    Have been without a Gretsch for way too long. I have owned a ton over my time playing and loved the value of some of the Korean made Electromatics, in particular a 5622 I owned. Looking at grabbing a new one and I see they now make these in China. Curious if there is a drop in quality between the two plants.
     
  2. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    Not sure if the quality has changed or not but the new Chinese made 5622’s have Blacktop BroadTron pickups.
    The Korean made 5622’s had the Super HiloTrons i liked these pick ups & regret selling my 5622 now..

    I’m not sure about Blacktop BroadTrons as I’ve not heard them.
    I really don’t like the BroadTrons they put in the Streamliners...
     
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  3. Mr Swisher

    Mr Swisher Synchromatic

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    I think the 5622 and 5620 were both better in the first iterations.

    Cats Eyes & Hilotrons - what's not to like? _padders_20200920_190055_0.jpg
     
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  4. Drock2k1

    Drock2k1 Synchromatic

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    I loved my cats eye with hilotrons
     
  5. Anacharsis

    Anacharsis Gretschie

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  6. Drock2k1

    Drock2k1 Synchromatic

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    Do we ever really "need" any more guitars?
     
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  7. aFriendbFrosty

    aFriendbFrosty Electromatic

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    May 22, 2020
    West Coast
    If we're talking "need", then I should have ZERO
     
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  8. aFriendbFrosty

    aFriendbFrosty Electromatic

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    May 22, 2020
    West Coast
    I should probably add something productive to the OP's question...

    I own a 2019 model/Korean 5622. Haven't had the opportunity to compare it with the new Chinese made model, so I can't speak to the quality in that regards.

    With that said, I would be hesitant to buy the Chinese model this year solely because it IS the first year production run for this model in a new factory. Give them time to work the kinks out. Plus, you can probably still find NOS of the 2019 models which are absolutely on point.
     
  9. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

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    Hey, man, long time no see. It's good to have you back again!
     
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  10. Anacharsis

    Anacharsis Gretschie

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    Aug 16, 2019
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    I decided to pass. I like the red and green better anyway.

    That all said: my Pro Jets, which were made in China, are all very high quality.
     
  11. Drock2k1

    Drock2k1 Synchromatic

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    Feb 26, 2013
    Indiana
    Thanks partner. Had a rough stretch of life, didn't even have an electric guitar for over a year at one point. Ready to get back into some sweet Gretsch tones :)
     
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  12. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

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    Aug 17, 2010
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    NGD thread, here we come!
     
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