Help me decide on which Electromatic Double Jet to get.

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by HypotenusLuvTriangle, Dec 2, 2019.

Help me decide which double jet to get

  1. G5232T Midnite Sapphire

  2. G5245T FSR Casino Gold/White

  1. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
    I've been hankering for a double jet for awhile. I'm leaning towards the various recent electromatic series due to cost and better options of looks than the pro-lines.

    As far as I can tell there are only 3 major differences between the G5232T and the G5245T FSR.

    G5232T.png G5245T.png

    Fretboard Wood
    Laurel VS Black Walnut

    Color - it makes it sound better
    Midnight Sapphire VS Two Toned Casino Gold/White.

    Electronic Control Layout
    Standard Electromatic set up VS weird 1 vol pot for 2 pups and no tone pot/switch.

    They're basically the same cost and both would require my anal-retentive attention to upgrades:
    -B3C-Vcut w/ tension bar add on (if possible).
    -Upgraded Compton or dBridge.
    -Zer0Glide Fret Nut.
    -Locking tuners.
    -Fretboard stained black.
    -pup upgrades would be determined later in the future.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019
  2. Zeek

    Zeek Synchromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA
  3. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Same price I assume?
  4. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
  5. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Blue for me,but i like the control layout of the gold.
    But it would be bye bye to that Bigsby ,if i ever came into ownership of such a cool geet.
  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Midnite Saphire for me .......
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  7. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Me too...

    But it's me, OK ? :D

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  8. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Since red isn't an option...then two tone Casino for sure:cool:
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  9. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    Feb 16, 2013
    I bought a gold one identical to the one you’re considering and it’s definitely a keeper! I had to do the usual cleanup of nut slots and glued the buzzing bridge parts with clear nail polish. Fretboard access is somewhat limited because of the neck heel but I don’t spend a lot of time there. The stripped down controls are nice and I like the Blacktops on this axe (I upgraded to TVJ’s on my 5420). All things considered it’s a fantastic guitar with a great feeling neck.
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  10. xtcclassic

    xtcclassic Gretschie

    Jan 9, 2019
    You might want to check the neck heel on the gold one. I have a 2018 5445 that has an obtrusive neck heel, and I have a 2019 5232 that has a much-improved neck heel. The FSR might still have the old style heel.
  11. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    Feb 16, 2013
    Yes, the 2018 has a longer neck heel (up to about the 15th or 16th fret), but the 2019’s have thinner necks. Arthritis in my thumbs forced me to seek out the earlier model (FSR) as I find thinner necks painful to play. :(
  12. xtcclassic

    xtcclassic Gretschie

    Jan 9, 2019
    Damn, how did that one get by me? I hadn’t noticed that the new one was thinner. Surely it can’t be much different, or am I just that inattentive?
  13. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    You should get on the gold one.
  14. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I already voted with my wallet

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  15. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Blue and see of there is a stop tail version.
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  16. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    My first Gretsch was an old Electromatic Double Jet in silver.

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  17. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    I would have gone with the gold one but the abbreviated controls have made me pause... The blue one looks great too!
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  18. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    Feb 16, 2013
    I test drove a 2019 Double Jet at GC - wasn’t comfortable in my geezer mitts. I’ve seen the specs list the newer ones as “thin U” and the FSR’s as “U” and “standard U”

    My FSR Casino Gold/Snowcrest White neck is nearly identical in shape to my 2012 5420: the most comfortable guitars I’ve owned (or played).
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  19. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Blue is objectively the best colour, so there's that.
  20. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    Gold/White. There's more to life than blue:eek:
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