Tell me about 5129's with the big F holes...

TSims1

Gretschified
Jun 18, 2013
12,543
Atlanta
I’ve had 3 of these I think……and I STUPIDLY let each of them go. I don‘t kick myself over selling stuff often, but those guitars are TWANG CITY and I hate that I don’t have one anymore. I think my fave was the powder blue, and they were all non-tension bar models(my preference).
 

stiv

Country Gent
Sep 12, 2014
2,407
Firenze, Italy
One guitar that's really missing on the Electromatic line it's a Jet with Dynasonics, something similar to a DeArmond M77 for Guild. But I guess we'll never see it, as Electro Jets there's have a construction issue that simply doesn't allow stock Dynas (even the 2000) to be placed under the strings.
I would have loved a Jet counterpart to the 512x line though...
 

Bradford

Electromatic
Jan 21, 2016
18
Metro Detroit
Dyna's, Bigsby. Full hollow right?
What's the neck profile, any chunk to it? or super thin?
Those F's are HUGE!
They are The 2K versions of Dynasonics, so a ceramic magnet version. Not saying that's good or bad just saying it's what they are. They are basically a 5120 with the 2K's. The 5125, 5127, 5129 were all the same guitar, each was its own color. Gotta love Gretsch with their models and naming rationale. There was one more color/number but I can't remember,maybe the 5126. They are referred to as the 512X models. People try to pretend, on Reverb, they are worth over a grand. They are not. I wouldn't pay more than $600-$650 for one and would feel better being at about $450. A couple came up at Guitar Centers used listings when I was looking for one. One was $450 and one was $650. They both sold quick. It's a fair price for that guitar. Meanwhile, several were listed on Reverb ranging from $850-$1200. They had been sitting there for a minimum of 7 months. Things sell when they're priced right. Cool guitars. I ended up getting a 5420 and putting T-Armonds into it.
 

Bradford

Electromatic
Jan 21, 2016
18
Metro Detroit
One guitar that's really missing on the Electromatic line it's a Jet with Dynasonics, something similar to a DeArmond M77 for Guild. But I guess we'll never see it, as Electro Jets there's have a construction issue that simply doesn't allow stock Dynas (even the 2000) to be placed under the strings.
I would have loved a Jet counterpart to the 512x line though...
Yeah for sure. I have a Nick 13 Jet and that guitar is cool and all but it's really just a tribute and not a signature model. I've heard there were a limited number of them made with Dynasonics but I'm not sure. I put some T Armonds into mine. I had them in a 5420 but just didn't love them in there. Stock sounded better with tht Blacktop Filter'Tron pups. The T Armonds sound way better in the jet. The Nick 13 should've had the Dynasonics to be a true(r) signature. They could change the construction method. And offer a different model. For sure. Price it in the range of the 5420 and people would buy it for sure. Do something like what Epiphone does, putting Gibson parts on a few of the models; the modified 5230 to have the same Bigsby the Duo comes with and the Dynasonics. Sell it for $849. That would be rad.
 

ffooky

Synchromatic
Aug 21, 2012
648
London
They are The 2K versions of Dynasonics, so a ceramic magnet version. Not saying that's good or bad just saying it's what they are. They are basically a 5120 with the 2K's. The 5125, 5127, 5129 were all the same guitar, each was its own color. Gotta love Gretsch with their models and naming rationale. There was one more color/number but I can't remember,maybe the 5126. They are referred to as the 512X models. People try to pretend, on Reverb, they are worth over a grand. They are not. I wouldn't pay more than $600-$650 for one and would feel better being at about $450. A couple came up at Guitar Centers used listings when I was looking for one. One was $450 and one was $650. They both sold quick. It's a fair price for that guitar. Meanwhile, several were listed on Reverb ranging from $850-$1200. They had been sitting there for a minimum of 7 months. Things sell when they're priced right. Cool guitars. I ended up getting a 5420 and putting T-Armonds into it.
All the 512x models have the (modern) DeArmond 2000 which are comparable construction to original Dynasonics, not the DeArmond 2k, which is effectively a P90 and turned up on Guilds and the oddball Tele-Sonic.
 

bobeschism

Gretschie
Mar 4, 2022
217
Bristol, UK
Here's my 5127 which is a KP. Has the B70, but the f-holes don't look obscenely large. Got it for a very good price a few months ago in an auction, and it's a cracking guitar, esp with flatwounds.

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Gretschy

Synchromatic
Jun 11, 2008
961
Portland, OR
Here’s my 5127 next to an Anni for F-hole comparison (and low key guitar porn.) It’s a Samick built in ‘05, stocked with Dearmond 2000s and non tension bar Bigsby. Neck is pretty similar to proline, IMO. All my Gretsch necks feels pretty similar to me, that what makes them so easy to switch between.

The F-holes are definitely freakishly large and my only complaint. The rest of the guitar is fantastic! It plays like a dream after a good setup and the fit and finish is great, maybe not proline great but definitely far better than any other guitar I have owned anywhere near that price range.

Those pickups are what it’s all about though. They sound unique to any other stock pickup Gretsch made. I have never played a guitar with original Dearmonds but this is what I would expect them to sound like. Leaps and bounds better than the stock Gretsch Dynas of that era, IMHO, or at least different enough to justify having both. It’s a twang machine and also dirties up with a nice crunch that I can’t coax out of stock dynas. It’s a keeper for sure!
 

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wildeman

I Bleed Orange
May 10, 2015
16,128
norcal
They are The 2K versions of Dynasonics, so a ceramic magnet version. Not saying that's good or bad just saying it's what they are. They are basically a 5120 with the 2K's. The 5125, 5127, 5129 were all the same guitar, each was its own color. Gotta love Gretsch with their models and naming rationale. There was one more color/number but I can't remember,maybe the 5126. They are referred to as the 512X models. People try to pretend, on Reverb, they are worth over a grand. They are not. I wouldn't pay more than $600-$650 for one and would feel better being at about $450. A couple came up at Guitar Centers used listings when I was looking for one. One was $450 and one was $650. They both sold quick. It's a fair price for that guitar. Meanwhile, several were listed on Reverb ranging from $850-$1200. They had been sitting there for a minimum of 7 months. Things sell when they're priced right. Cool guitars. I ended up getting a 5420 and putting T-Armonds into it.
The place I traded mine to got $549.00 pretty quick iirc.
 

calebaaron666

Friend of Fred
Aug 15, 2018
7,057
Auburn, Maine
My 5129 originally had the B70, but worked great with a B6. Especially with the custom Tru-arc bridge made with deeper grooves. The strings never jumped from their saddles, and it stayed in tune very well.
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I modified the 5128 into a hotrod with just a switch and a master volume. I equipped it with a set of TV Jones Classic/Classic Plus in the dearmond mount. This was the best feeling Electromatic I had ever played.
Of all the Gretschs I’ve sold, I miss this one the most, but it went to a good home.
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stiv

Country Gent
Sep 12, 2014
2,407
Firenze, Italy
My Dyna stable
DeArmond M75T - Solar Bronze

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DeArmond by Guild Starfire Special Korea 1999
Veery nice.
I’m being honest here. It’s not that I don’t like my 5220 with Filtertrons, but I’m aiming for a Dyna-equipped guitar and these DeArmonds really speak to me. I also have a pair of real Dynas sitting in my drawer that I could use instead of the 2000… the only thing that I’m not sure it’s the fact that M75’s aren’t chambered (as opposite of the 5220) and they would weight a ton.
But I guess I’d sacrifice the Electromatic pretty soon. I really love those DeArmonds, and I could see a Champagne Sparkle on my future… ;)
 

juks

Country Gent
Nov 26, 2020
2,567
Fremont, California
They are The 2K versions of Dynasonics, so a ceramic magnet version. Not saying that's good or bad just saying it's what they are. They are basically a 5120 with the 2K's. The 5125, 5127, 5129 were all the same guitar, each was its own color. Gotta love Gretsch with their models and naming rationale. There was one more color/number but I can't remember,maybe the 5126. They are referred to as the 512X models. People try to pretend, on Reverb, they are worth over a grand. They are not. I wouldn't pay more than $600-$650 for one and would feel better being at about $450. A couple came up at Guitar Centers used listings when I was looking for one. One was $450 and one was $650. They both sold quick. It's a fair price for that guitar. Meanwhile, several were listed on Reverb ranging from $850-$1200. They had been sitting there for a minimum of 7 months. Things sell when they're priced right. Cool guitars. I ended up getting a 5420 and putting T-Armonds into it.

5128 in gold color. There one at GC but over priced IMO.

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SneakyPete

Electromatic
Mar 7, 2022
86
Australia
I was under the impression that Samick never made any Gretsch guitars, that the 'KS' in the serial numbers stands for SPG or Saehan.

Is this not correct?
 


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