NGD G5420tg-59

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by budglo, Nov 26, 2021.

  1. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

    Feb 26, 2019
    Today my 5420 arrived from sweetwater. Since it was colder today, I had to let it acclimate. Once I did , I unpacked it and inspected it. It came to me absolutely flawless . Once again the Korean made 5420 impressed me with their workmanship. Checked the action , fretwork and intonation. The fretwork is actually fantastic. Usually I feel the need to give it a good fret polishing , but the frets looked and felt great. Action is set at about 4/64ths with about .009 of relief. No buzzing and the guitar plays great.

    I has forgotten how nice those blacktops sound . Nice gretschy tone. I plugged it into my 59 Bassman ri and got some great tones. 06D234AB-2132-47F9-96BE-58FEAF020BFA.jpeg Im going to play it for a few days ,then take the strings off and check the frets for straightness and recheck intonation , relief, etc. I used the bigsby and no evidence of nut binding.

    All in all i am so impressed. This is my second one . I unfortunately had to sell the first one a while back, so I knew what I was getting into. The only negative , and it’s a tiny one is the pickup switch is noisy when switching positions. I might eventually replace it at some point. Also the case reeks of glue and I’ll figure some way to get rid of it. Again not a big deal. These Korean made 5420s are great guitars. I’ll get more pics once I spend some time with it ,but for now all I can say is Wow! That coming from someone that has some higher end guitars.
  2. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Beautiful!!! Congrats
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  3. BrianW

    BrianW Country Gent

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    Yes, beautiful... and at least as good as you remembered! Maybe even better - congrats
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  4. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    If something happened to the Fairlane Blue 5420 I have, the 5420tg-59 would be my instant replacement.

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  5. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Congrats… looking great!
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  6. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Congratulations!! Beautiful guitar. I have to be honest I’ve been looking at these myself
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  7. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Congratulations and Enjoy!!
    The TG-59 is certainly the prettiest of the 5420Ts. I had one that I modded into oblivion and then sold on craigslist, resulting in a $500+ loss.
    I sure hope you’re a smarter man then I!!
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  8. Gewdkharma

    Gewdkharma Gretschie

    Jan 14, 2018
    Gig Harbor, WA
    Congrats ! Beautiful guitar. Should have never got rid of my Aspen Green 5420. Big mistake.
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  9. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
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  10. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

    Feb 26, 2019
    One thing that kind of surprised me was that the guitar was built in Korea 2 months ago . With all the supply chain issues , I found that surprising.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2021
  11. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Congratulations - your guitar looks great!
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  12. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Absolutely beautiful . Congratulations
  13. Gregor

    Gregor Country Gent

    Lovely guitar there budglo. Congrats. The PU switch in my 5120 is "noisy" as well but I'm just living with it...not a big deal for me.
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  14. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Congrats budglo !
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  15. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    That's a stunner! Congrats @budglo !
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  16. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Congrats, that is a fine looking G5420TG-59. Enjoy the heck out of it.
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  17. Cdb1961

    Cdb1961 Gretschie

    May 5, 2018
    Orange Park, Fl
    Very nice and enjoy. I know I enjoy my 5420TG
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  18. waswell

    waswell Electromatic

    Jan 10, 2013
    Great buy. Let the mods begin :)
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  19. scrimmer

    scrimmer Gretschie

    Apr 6, 2019
    North Carolina
    Excellent. Enjoy that baby!
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  20. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Gorgeous! Leave the case open in a garage, toss in a charcoal pack if you have one.
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