G5420t vs 5422t differences.

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by budglo, Nov 23, 2021.

  1. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

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    Feb 26, 2019
    Ohio
    I had to sell my Gretsch 5420 a year ago due to finances . So I’m look for another Gretsch. I’m looking at either replacing the 5420 or getting a 5422 . Unfortunately I can’t find a 5422t in stock around me. Just curious about the differences other than the obvious like the body difference and a few more frets. Do they sound similar? How about playability? I already know what to expect from the 5420. My present guitars are 3 Strats , a tele and a 335 plus a Les Paul. If it helps , my style is more classic rock , blues with some Beatles thrown in there. I don’t play country or rockabilly, but do also play modern worship as well. Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    You'll get higher fret access on the G5422. I'll bet that they are very similar sonically.

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  3. Hickeroar

    Hickeroar Gretschie

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    Oct 4, 2020
    Texas
    They're "effectively" the same guitar. Typically with the Gretsch 5000 series, if it ends in "zero," it's a single cut, and if it ends in "two" it's a double cut version of the "same" guitar. (5232 vs 5230, for instance). I think in the 5422 vs 5420, it's the truest example of "exactly the same guitar except double cut." I would guess the extra hollow volume in the body would translate to a hair more resonance, but I don't expect it would be legitimately noticeable.
     
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  4. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

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    Feb 26, 2019
    Ohio
    That was my impressions. I did really like the 5420 and thought it was a great guitar . The workmanship of the Korean made guitars are stellar imo.
     
  5. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    That G5420TG-59 is a real stunner. Please buy it for my vicarious enjoyment. ;):D
     
  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

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  7. AllenK

    AllenK Gretschie

    Either are great guitars but from my experience of trying them, they do vary a bit in terms of out of the box tuning stability (plenty of threads on the forum regarding fixing this) and acoustic liveliness. The 5420 has a slightly more resonant tone whereas the 5422 has slightly easier upper fret access.

    What was it about the 5420 that made it the one to be sold and what is it you are now missing that makes you want either another 5420 or possibly a 5422? I think the answers to those questions will probably guide your choice.
     
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  8. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    My instincts say that the G5420 has better stability, due to where the neck joins at the body (e.g. it's a shorter guitar and maybe no neck dive issues).
     
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  9. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

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    Feb 26, 2019
    Ohio
    Yeah the reason it was the one was at the time I wasn’t gigging and hadnt gigged in over 5 years . Mostly due to job obligations . I retired last year and came into some extra money . As a result I purchased several guitars and a few amps . Now that I’m playing live again , I realize a Gretsch would be a nice fit with my present band . Also I have 3 Gibson’s and would rather have versatility over redundancy . My impression of the 5420tg was that it was a great guitar and I know they are still available . One thing I don’t care for on some of the 5422s is the inlays on the fretboard . Not a deal breaker , but the thumbnail ones look better.
     
  10. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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  11. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

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    Feb 26, 2019
    Ohio
    It seems like the electromatic line is shifting everything to China and I wanted to snag a MIK one with rosewood board before they start putting alternative fretboards on them like everyone else is .
     
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  12. sgarnett

    sgarnett Synchromatic

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    Apr 14, 2020
    Kentucky
    I think the G5420 has a compressed rosewood fingerboard. I’m not sure whether that process involves resin-impregnating the wood also.
     
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  13. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

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    Feb 26, 2019
    Ohio
    My understanding is that it does. At first I thought maybe particle board , it they actually take the wood and soak it in some type of phenolic resin , then compress it. It supposed to make it harder , therefore making it transfer the vibration on the strings better( on the bridge anyway). The one I had was dark and the grain was clear .
     
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  14. All Thumbs

    All Thumbs Electromatic

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    Dec 20, 2020
    Kansas
    Besides the differences already mentioned, there's body depth. 5420 - 2.75", 5422 - 2.25"
     
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  15. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

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    Feb 26, 2019
    Ohio
    Well that was easy. I have an incoming 5420tg. It should be here by this weekend. I actually tried a 5427t at GC earlier in the week in Midnight blue. Even though I had a 15 percent off coupon , I thought the 5420 was nicer . Rosewood board and thumbnail inlays plus MIK instead of MIC and I love the finish on the tg-59 .I didn’t think the 5427 craftsmanship was as good as my previous 5420. Hopefully this one will be similar.
     
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  16. capnhiho

    capnhiho Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    A+!
    It’s REALLY hard to go wrong with a MIK 5420!
     
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  17. AllenK

    AllenK Gretschie

    I've always liked the look of those 59-TG's. If I hadn't been fortunate enough to be able to get my Annie 135 LTD, I think it would have been my second Gretsch.

    Hope you have many happy hours playing with it.
     
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  18. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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  19. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

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    Feb 26, 2019
    Ohio
    I just got notification that it’s shipping out with some pics of the actual guitar. Here are the stores photos. Once I get it, I’ll set it up and update the photos and do a proper NGD. You guys have been a great help. AA7D2483-B35D-45E5-9B01-51552BDA6753.jpeg 53D41E6F-B691-4F61-AE3F-2B290C7C7048.jpeg B6437F35-91B3-4195-9066-4A3F919F32D0.jpeg
     
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  20. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    With Blacktop filtertron pups both guitars sounded the same to me.
    5422 body is slightly thinner so feedsback less - that's the reason I chose 5422 over 5420 :)

    But I see you already bought a 5420 so enjoy :D
     
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