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Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar
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A single-cutaway hollowbody with Filter'Tron™ pickups and Bigsby tremolo.

When the Gretsch R&D team unearthed a Baldwin-era Filter'Tron pickup with knockout punch and phenomenal twang, they incorporated its DNA into dynamic "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups, which now endow Electromatic hollow-body instruments such as the G5420T with an electrifying voice and identity.

The G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar is a sharp Gretsch guitar with a bound single-cutaway hollowbody featuring sound-post bracing and elegant bound f holes. Other features include a maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and hump-block pearloid inlays, silver plexi pickguard, three-position pickup switch, classic "G" arrow control knobs, rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic bridge and Bigsby-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece, vintage-style open-back tuners and chrome-plated hardware.

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Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:

  • Bound single-cutaway hollowbody
    Maple neck
    Bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and hump-block pearloid inlays
    "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups
    Three-position pickup switch
    Classic "G" arrow control knobs
    Rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic bridge
    Bigsby-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece
    Silver plexi pickguard
    Vintage-style open-back tuners and chrome-plated hardware

Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body
    Body Material: 5-Ply Maple
    Body Shape: Single Cutaway
    Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
    Bracing: Sound Post
    Body Depth: 2.75" (69.85 mm)
    Number of Frets: 22
    Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Neck Material: Maple
    Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
    Scale Length: 24.5" (62.2 cm)
    Bridge Pickup: "Black Top" Filter'Tron Bridge Pickup
    Neck Pickup: "Black Top" Filter'Tron Neck Pickup
    Pickup 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), Master Volume, Master Tone
    Hardware Finish: Chrome-Plated
    Bridge: Rosewood-Based Adjusto-Matic Bridge
    Tuning Machines: Vintage Style Open-Back
    Unique Features: Hump-Block Fingerboard Inlays, Bound Body Top and Back, Bound Sound Holes and Fingerboard, Silver Plexi Pickguard, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, Adjustable Truss Rod, Bigsby-Licensed B60 Vibrato

Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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  • Needs Major Work Out of the Box

    As reviewed by Peter McLaughlin on 5/16/2013

    I've had my eye on this Gretsch for a long time. I took advantage of the Trade In trade Up promotion. I ordered it and picked it up at my local Guitar center. The guitar out of the box is unplayable! Thankfully, I have a guitar tech that knows his stuff. I dropped it off and the next day it was ready. He told me the neck wasn't straight and the floating bridge had to be adjusted. Also, he hd to raise a few of the frets because they did not line up properly.Once the repairs were complete ($100.00), it plays beautifully .also, the frets had to be leveled off! Every new guitar out of the box needs some adjustments but this one NEEDS it bad. Now, it sounds and plays like a dream. The 4 Stars are due to the poor condition upon receiving it. Like I said, It now plays like a dream!

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  • Great Guitar

    As reviewed by Mary Johnson on 10/3/2013

    Great Guitar! Beautiful finish, great playability. Would highly recommend

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  • Be prepared to overhaul

    As reviewed by Kirk Lawler on 2/7/2013

    I would give this guitar 3.5 stars, if that was an option. On the plus side, the neck delivers great playability, the stock pickups are very good clean (but muddy and abrasive distorted), the finish is expertly applied, the Bigsby copy is properly installed, the stock no-name tuners aren't bad and the clean interior speaks of a well constructed body. Negatives: the nut was gray plastic junk that was way too high and badly slotted (replaced it with bone), the Adjusto-Matic bridge rattled non-stop and killed the tone and sustain (replaced it with a brass Compton bar bridge with no moving parts), the bridge base was not shaped to fit the archtop at all (had it sanded down), the wiring was substandard (had it ripped out and CTS pots with orange drop capacitors put in), the cheap pick guard was installed crooked and rattled (took it off) and the binding in the f-holes was unfinished (sanded it down with emery cloth). While the guitar was in the shop, I also had the tuners replaced with 16:1 Grover Imperials which enhance the appearance and stay in tune better, and had the tech redo the wiring for coil tapping. These were non-essential upgrades but well worth the investment. For an $875 guitar that does not come with a case, the number of cut corners here is inexcusable. I also have a comparably priced Godin 5th Avenue archtop that was built to a higher standard. I would have considered one of the new Ibanez Artstar archtops had they been available when I bought the Gretsch. I kept the G5420T because it fits me like a glove. The guitar sounds, plays and looks like a semi-pro model now, but it took a substantial investment to whip it into shape.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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