My Electromatic

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by asphodel, Apr 6, 2021.

  1. asphodel

    asphodel Newbie

    Jan 14, 2019
    Ruhr Area Germany
    Every now and then when I check Gretsch Talk the word Electromatic pops up in connection with cheap and oh-my and why and can't wait until I get my ... etc.

    I would be interested in knowing why my Gretsch Electromatic, Model 6182, from 1955 just ain't up to scratch.
  2. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Electromatics are held in high esteem here and are much more affordable than a pro line Gretsch.
    Let's see your 1955!
  3. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    The Electromatic-brand was used for thet entry-level Gretsch guitar line at the end of the century.

    They have little in common with the Gretsch Electromatics fom the midth of the last century.
    These were built in the US.
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  4. Teledriver

    Teledriver Synchromatic

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    Yeah, Electromatics from that vintage are well regarded. Search some Gretsch history on the net- I personally am proud my headstock carries the name (although Korean from 2010).
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  5. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, asphodel!
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  6. Les Pedals

    Les Pedals Gretschie

    Mar 29, 2017
    South Jersey
    Welcome, I get everything Gretsch from my Electromatic’s and wouldn’t have it any other way.
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  7. L Robbins

    L Robbins Gretschie

    May 3, 2017
    Welcome, asphodel! Got 3 Electromatics and I love mine! :)
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  8. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I had one of those, I regret selling it. 50s Electromatic models are great. Welcome!

    Not mine.

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  9. FiveAces

    FiveAces Gretschie

    Mar 1, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Although many Gretsch fans complained about the "Electromatic" headstock logo, it had a strong history behind it. My first 2 Gretsch guitars were the early Electromatics and I'm proud to have them showing on the headstocks! And their quality vs price points are one of the best in the market IMHO!
  10. Archtops

    Archtops Synchromatic

    Mar 4, 2021
    Welcome to G-T! I find all Gretsch guitars up to scratch.
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  11. Wjensen

    Wjensen Gretschie

    May 25, 2019
    Raleigh, NC
    Asphodel, welcome to the forum. But I would like to hear specifically what your complaint is?
  12. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Welcome friend , where have you been these past 2 years ? Electromatics are GREAT ! I sure miss my G5120 Electromatic
  13. wraith

    wraith Electromatic

    Oct 22, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I have one like that and I love it! I replaced the electronics with TV Jones early and put a Reverend spring in it recently, but that’s it. Probably the guitar I pick up the most.
  14. petecarlton

    petecarlton Electromatic

    Feb 10, 2021
    Nottingham, UK
    Not enough discussion on this forum of the Electromatic basses, IMHO. My G2220 Jet Junior short-scale produces thunderous yet warm tones that rival any of the basses I've owned.
  15. Fancy is her name

    Fancy is her name Electromatic

    Mar 15, 2018

    My Gretsch is also made in Korea, and frankly I don’t understand why you made that statement? Are Korean products sub-par? Mine is a special edition, 24 made, 12 lefties and 12 righties never to be produced again. I had her set up with my luthier, but before I could get her to his shop I played her and straight out the box was enjoyable. Love my Electromatic BALTO.
  16. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    I never had any issue with Electromatics. There've been a few folks who were adamant that they were subpar, but they look great and I've always found that with a little attention paid to a proper set-up, they play well and sound good and what else is there? They're great value for the money, and excellent platforms for modification if that's your thing. I would be a little hesitant to do a lot of crazy things to a pro line, but my Pro Jet and 5120 are both very personalized at this point. It's also nice to know that if gigging and rehearsing and life in general take a toll in wear and tear, or if you worry about theft or damage, the risk is to a sub-$1000 guitar and not a high end axe.

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  17. michelb

    michelb Synchromatic

    Mar 27, 2020
    Welcome :D looks like everything w is said already :p I'd like to add tho, that the electronics introduced in the new era, especially since the update are just "cheap" compared to pro series. They're a lot of guitar for the money into. And a nice upgradable platform :D absolutely love mine

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  18. Teledriver

    Teledriver Synchromatic

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    @Fancy is her name -
    This was a reference to the original post, in which he states his is a 1955, and would have been made in the USA. Mine is 2010, from Korea.
  19. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Country Gent

    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    got 3, dig every one of em, Orange 5120 gets more play than any of my other guitars
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  20. michelb

    michelb Synchromatic

    Mar 27, 2020
    Wow, trying to reply to a thread at night from my cell phone, makes for some strange auto completed sentences :confused::rolleyes:
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