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Gretsch Guitars G5191 Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar
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Loud and ferocious like its namesake.

The Gretsch Guitars G5191 Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollowbody honors the punk rocker with a signature electric guitar. That full-bodied piano-like sound Tim loves is generated by parallel tone bars and a sound post mounted under the 17"-wide top. A harp tailpiece and a pair of "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups deliver maximum sustain and tuning stability. Grover tuners, big block fretboard inlays, and gold-plated hardware set against the guitar's ominous flat black urethane finish are a recipe for inciting your senses to sonic euphoria.

Punk rock warlord Tim Armstrong makes no apologies that the music radiating from his soul is oftentimes loud and ferocious. His guitar tone alone has become as infamous as his world-renowned persona that resulted from playing guitar and singing vocals in revolutionary punk bands from Operation Ivy to Rancid. Armstrong has been asked to contribute his guitar talents in songs from a wide genre of bands, from punk bands like AFI and Bad Religion to hip hop and reggae acts like Cypress Hill and Buju Banton.

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Gretsch Guitars G5191 Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:

  • Body: Laminated Maple Hollow Body
    Finish: Urethane
    Neck: 1-Piece Maple
    Fretboard: Rosewood, 12-1/2" (320 mm) radius
    Frets: 22, Jumbo
    Scale length: 24.33" (618 mm)
    Nut width: 1-11/16" (43 mm)
    Hardware: Gold-Plated
    Machine heads: Grover Gold-Plated Enclosed Tuners
    Bridge: Rosewood Based Adjusto-Matic Bridge; Harp Tailpiece
    Pickups: 2 "Black Top" Filter'Tron
    Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1: Bridge Pickup; Position 2: Bridge and Neck Pickups; Position 3: Neck Pickup
    Controls: Volume 1: Neck Pickup; Volume 2: Bridge Pickup; Tone 1: Neck
    Pickup; Tone 2: Bridge Pickup; Master Volume
    Unique features: Block Acrylic Inlay Position Markers, Gold-Plated Hardware,
    Graphite Nut, Black Headstock Overlay, Grover Tuners,
    Gold-Plated Pickup Bezels, Harp Tailpiece, Pearloid Gretsch
    Headstock Inlay, 4-Ply Bound Top and Back, 3-Ply Bound
    Fingerboard and Headstock, Single-Ply Bound "F" Holes, Knurled
    Strap Retainer Knobs, Adjustable Truss Rod, "Black Top"
    Filter'Tron Pickups

Gretsch Guitars G5191 Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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  • The flagship of Electromatics

    As reviewed by Roi Martin on 3/23/2010

    Sure most of the Electromatics are cheap. I played this for an hour than purchased it. There is nothing cheap about this guitar it's the only electromatic that has real filtertrons(which sound great). It also has a graphite nut, Grover tuners and bracing like Tim's Country Club for reduced feedback. Tim played this model at the NAMM performance and also plays one on tour. By the way Davey this doesn't have a Bigsby, are you sure you were playing the right guitar. Though I do agree with you that most Electromatics are cheap but not this one. Word is they were going to make this a regular Gretsch but Tim didn't want to charge three grand, hence the made in Korea idea. This guitar has that Tim/Rancid feel and sound(plus I play through a Recto like Tim). That's why I'm giving it five stars.

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    As reviewed by Andy V!!!! on 1/21/2011

    1- REAL GRETSCH Blacktop filter-tron pickups 2-Grover tuners 3-17'' body (first "Electromatic" of this size) 4-Baldwin-era body/bracing/hardware/electronics reissued!! This thing is no longer made the same way by Gretsch. The Gretsch Country Club line of Proseries guitars will cost you at least twice as much. Here, you get vintage, out-of-production appointments that aren't even available anymore!! Right down to the harp tailpiece. (Some idiot said that this had Bigsby that goes out of tune with the slightest touch- this is a fixed tailpiece only on this model) The body wood is the same as the original, minus a solid spruce top. Maple all around. The way the the body is braced also lowers the possibility of feedback during high-gain flights of fancy. Try that with a Gretsch Country Club of today, with those "oversized F-holes"!! Besides that, you are definitely getting the look and sound of a '72 Country Club without paying $3 or so grand for an original, you're not paying $4 grand for a current model. You are paying a third or a quarter of that for an "Electromatic" that should really be in Gretsch's Proline, instead. Like the other fella said, also: you don't even need to go out and get the TV Jones p/u's like EVERY other Electromatic model. These have all the fullness and brightness you could need. "Piano-like" sound, as described above is an accurate way to say it. Remember the "punk rock revival" of the 90's?? I was there for that, and Lint has always been an inspiration since my own adolescence. He has really gotten his life together, and I think this model is a great way to celebrate how far he's come since playing shows in garages with borrowed amps and not having a home to go to.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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  • Be careful.

    As reviewed by BRIAN on 4/10/2015

    I purchased this guitar and case around Christmas. I had to purchase the case separately (a $1200 guitar that doesn't come with a case??). The intonation was not set properly, even though their QA person signed off on it. Not a big deal since intonation needs to be adjusted periodically anyway. The problem is that the low E could not be intonated because the bridge was screwed to the body a millimeter or 2 too close to the neck. So I took it to Guitar Center and their tech immediately came to the same conclusion and promptly ordered me another guitar. The second guitar had EXACTLY THE SAME PROBLEM. From all the good reviews this guitar got I am assuming that my two were from a bad batch. I returned the 2nd one and got me a Gibson instead. I am very disappointed in Gretsch. Not so much that there was a manufacturer's defect, but that it was signed off as 'Intonated' when intonation was not possible. Their QA department sucks.

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