My 5422 labeled as a 5420T Underwhelms Me

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Gr8guns, May 3, 2021.

  1. Gr8guns

    Gr8guns Electromatic

    Aug 2, 2019
    Johnson City TN
    Blase pups on this 5422 guitar to my ear. I want some bite, growl, howl, sort of like my Elitist Casino. Recommendations from the Gretsch Doctors ? I want a twangy guitar to put in my herd next. Along with the 5422, I want a guitar that will twang like the music in the spaghetti westerns. I’m fairly certain I need a solid body Gretsch for that, but which ? Thanks to all that care comment.......
  2. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    A slab is probably best, but hollowbodies can twang just fine. Most of it is inside the player (mystical religious lighting, perhaps a choir) but the right pickups count for a lot. Basic filtertrons or p-90s will get you there. When you get your wings, you can apply to purchase HiLotrons. Twang responsibly.
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  3. xtcclassic

    xtcclassic Gretschie

    Jan 9, 2019
    The right pickup height is key with Filter’Tron-style pickups, they need to be pretty close to the strings. Check the TV Jones website for their recommendations. That may fix the problem. If not, start looking for replacements such as the hilotrons or TVJ Classics.
  4. MyGirlGretta

    MyGirlGretta Gretschie

    Jul 23, 2012
    Put some blacktops in.
  5. Marv666

    Marv666 Gretschie

    Jul 26, 2020
    Tv Jones Pickups are always a great upgrade!
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  6. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Make absolutely sure you’ve played around with PU height and pole pieces.
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  7. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Gretschie

    Dec 29, 2012
    You need some sort of single coil to get that twang IMO.
  8. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    Feb 16, 2013

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  9. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    That's a Telecaster on many of those spaghetti westerns and all those great TV themes from the 50s and 60s.
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  10. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    I will say too to play around with the heights of your pick ups as others mentioned to see if you can get them to do what you want them to do, otherwise pick up swap is the way to go but I guess you have to workout whether that will be cost beneficial over buying a tele lol, depending on what you can do yourself may be just be as expensive as buying another guitar.

    Like Gretschtim1 said spaghetti western = my head going straight to a Tele.
  11. SAguitar

    SAguitar Synchromatic

    Jan 17, 2020
    Jack Plate, Oregon
    And quite possibly had Mr. Tommy Tedesco seated behind that Telecaster!
  12. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
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