G5220 Blacktop Broad'Tron vs BT65 Audio

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by YouFellowRebels, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. YouFellowRebels

    YouFellowRebels Gretschie

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    Jun 17, 2020
    Minnesota
    Ha! Well I don’t have the gretschbucker Broad’Tron so I can quite do that. Would be interesting. I think the BT65 says it is potted with resin instead of wax is probably a huge difference.
     
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  2. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

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    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    I have a set of Streamliner Broad'trons I took out of my G2622T, and a couple sets of the Blacktop Broad'trons. I just lack a set of the BT65s. And the guts and skills to do it...;)
     
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  3. YouFellowRebels

    YouFellowRebels Gretschie

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    Jun 17, 2020
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    The BT 65 seems like the hard one to come by. admittedly, I probably don’t have the skill for it either!
     
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  4. YouFellowRebels

    YouFellowRebels Gretschie

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    Jun 17, 2020
    Minnesota
    Cleaned off more stain from the neck today. Why did they ever stain it (I’m sure to make it appear to be ebony)?
    Still some stain sitting by the frets and the inlays, but I like it much better.
    Also dialed in pickup heights today and these things scream when picked hard and clean up nice to a soft touch. 238EF110-5261-4856-BDD9-E476D3109844.jpeg 0DC7D31D-453F-41C1-B25D-9611BEC5EEBF.jpeg E0DFECB4-FFBA-4446-B3D7-BB1AFDA5BEC2.jpeg 78F3775C-D34A-411D-A65C-9EB93DAA33B3.jpeg EACF4290-4BC8-4281-9E36-94A394948C96.jpeg 59C43EDF-A2D6-46A9-89C3-8C1CD634FF17.jpeg
     
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  5. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Man, all these threads about the 5220 don’t help my GAS syndrome at all...:D
    It happened that I sold a guitar and made some money with a gig. I really love those big blocks inlays and I even have a couple of ceramic Filtertrons to throw in the mix just in case. Or a pair of Dearmonds, if needed.
    I was trying to save for a Pro-line Jet but I’m just halfway there and the pics of your guitar are really, really tempting... :)
     
  6. YouFellowRebels

    YouFellowRebels Gretschie

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    Jun 17, 2020
    Minnesota
    I’m no Gretsch pro, and I haven’t played the pro line models. That said I think the 5220 is every bit a capable guitar. On my wall with a couple Gibson’s, a Rickenbacker, and a ‘76 Tele Thinline I find myself just as often grabbing the 5220. I can’t say the pro line is or isn’t worth the money, but I think this guitar is just as well made as my other guitars. With the pickups it took on a whole new character and has so much clarity. The neck is cosmetic, but was an easy fix and I like the look better now. Not fueling your gas, but I don’t think you’d be disappointed with the 5220!
     
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