Electromatics Played Professionally

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Anni_Lover, Sep 6, 2021.

  1. Anni_Lover

    Anni_Lover Synchromatic

    Jul 17, 2009
    New Zealand
    I got the idea for this thread from this paragraph on Page 48 of the 2010 Gretsch Winter Catalogue regarding the G5120:

    "Get ready for some serious twangin’ up ahead, because this stylish guitar has vibe and tone that’ll have you dancing the Twist until 2 a.m.! And don’t let the price fool you these babies are serious professional guitars, with dual-coil pickups, adjustable bridge, Bigsby ® Licensed B60 tailpiece, and chrome-plated die-cast tuners."

    So, are there any videos of bands and musicians actually using and Electromatic for work or performing over the Professional Series? I'll get started with a Portugese cover band named the Lucky Duckies. The video is quite old, so the highest resolution is 480 px. They're perfoming a cover of "Hushabye" by The Mystics. You'll notice a stock G5120 as the guitar:

    Check out their YouTube channel too because they're really talented. They perform some European standards as well. Now, if you've never heard the song before or The Mystics, here's the original:

  2. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Not quite what you were looking for, but Keeley Davis of At The Drive-In has toured with a Streamliner:

  3. NJDevil

    NJDevil Country Gent

    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    Erin McCarley's guitarist. I first heard her as a guest on some cooking show over 10 years ago playing this song. He's playing an Electromatic here and tried to find the clip of when I first saw it where he's playing a red Electromatic:

    The Chromatics, who announced their break-up 2 weeks ago, played this and was featured at the end of an episode of season 3 of Twin Peaks on Showtime.

    and more Gretsch at various spots.... I think Showtime prohibited youtube from showing the original clip at the end of one of the episode's....see 1:00 and 1:28

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  4. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Ok Streamliner rather than Electromatic but Kid Congo Powers (The Gun club, The Cramps, The Bad seeds) Has toured with his extensively with his band The Pink Monkey Birds….. They make a good sound too! D20F224B-B9AD-4BAF-9D57-FDD15277F942.jpeg
  5. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    In all humility 73C18F74-B3E9-48B5-85C8-DCC49F21B5D3.jpeg that’s at a restaurant opening. I gig with mine fairly often. When there are gigs.
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  6. Jerzey Bob

    Jerzey Bob Synchromatic

    Apr 3, 2021
    North Jersey

    Was practicing earlier & had the very thought that Streamliners would be good giggers. Don't know why I had that thought, I'm a harp player learning guitar, what do I know??? :cool:
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  7. THS3171

    THS3171 Electromatic

    Jan 20, 2020
  8. THS3171

    THS3171 Electromatic

    Jan 20, 2020
  9. Gregor

    Gregor Country Gent

    Two 5120s like my avatar. Love the group!
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  10. Viking Power

    Viking Power Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2018
    Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Francisco Mesa of The Nekromantix plays a G5422T:

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  11. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
  12. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    Does playing for burgers count? Not really professionals, just some Dads in the neighborhood at a block party. Remember block parties?

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  13. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    You beat me to it :)

    I think pros prefer to tour with Streamliners as they would feel so bad in case they would damage their precious Electromatics :D
  14. NJDevil

    NJDevil Country Gent

    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    I have to put Holger Bogen here. The man is a musical gift and really talented. Uses many guitars but frequently see on many youtube clips with his Electromatic 5129.

    I know he had a band and had at least half dozen albums for sale on the market....both cd and iTunes download format but did some quick searched before posting and couldn't find it. Here's a bit of the goodness:

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  15. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Kelly Jones uses a Gretsch 5422-12 Electromatic.
  16. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    I'd play for burgers. Even a couple of hot dogs or a BLT.
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  17. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    @THS3171, Thanks for the memories, a lot of great Gretsch players in Germany. My wife's relatives had always talked about the great clubs in Germany.
    My wife and kids saw Jane Rose in Hanover, we were there for a Wedding and spent a week going to all the Blues and Rockabilly. We were amazed at all the talent that could really put on a show for the guests. Thanks again for sharing!
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  18. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    @NJDevil, I agree, Holger Bogen was one of my Father's favorites, he played his String-a-Billy CD all the time.
    His style and speed are just amazing.
    My son learned Guitar Rodeo to play at his 80th Birthday Party. When my Dad asked him to learn another, he said I love ya Poppa, but my fingers may never recover.
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  19. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Unfortunately I saw Fall Out Boy recently and he plays a Guild now.

    G. Love doesn't play his Corvette any more either. (I saw him in 2019.)
  20. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    The pertinent part here is:"Unfortunately I saw Fall Out Boy recently".... :)

    Yeah, contracts run out and others get signed.
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