Get ready for some serious twangin' up ahead with this special edition G5120 Electromatic Hollowbody electric guitar from Gretsch. This stylish, professional guitar features redesigned Gretsch Dual-Co... Read More
Get ready for some serious twangin' up ahead with this special edition G5120 Electromatic Hollowbody electric guitar from Gretsch. This stylish, professional guitar features redesigned Gretsch Dual-Coil humbucking pickups for that classic Gretsch sound. The pickups are wired to a master tone, master volume, neck pickup volume, bridge pickup volume and a 3-position pickup toggle for maximum control. The single-cutaway body is crafted of laminated maple and is a full hollowbody with no center block. The laminated maple neck has a rosewood fingerboard and 22 medium jumbo frets. Other Gretsch appointments include G-Arrow knobs, Bigsby® B60 vibrato tailpiece, knurled strap knobs, adjustable bridge and chrome-plated die-cast tuners.
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Best Hollow Body Period
Just got the G5120! If you're wanting a hollow-body don't waste your money on an Ibanez or Epiphone: invest wisely..Buy a Gretsch! This my second Gretsch and I can tell you this...Read complete review
Just got the G5120! If you're wanting a hollow-body don't waste your money on an Ibanez or Epiphone: invest wisely..Buy a Gretsch! This my second Gretsch and I can tell you this is the most versatile guitar I own (and I have several). I can play all styles with it and it delivers. The wood craftmanship is impeccable. The wiring is tight, unlike the Epiphones I tried. The neck is comfortable and not chunky, great for a guy with short fingers. Overall a homerun. The only two things I don't like about Electromatics are this: 1. No case. C'mon you make a great guitar> So, how about a case too? and 2. How about some good tuners? My top end Gretsch guitars have great tuners, so I'm sure you guys can put forth the best foot even on this less-expensive line of guitars with some good Grover or Sperzel tuners and still sell it for less than a grand. But overall, you get way more guitar for the price. No one else can come close to Gretsch for an electric guitar, especially a hollow body. So...go buy one already.
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There have been enough 5 star ratings of this instrument in these reviews. Take the time and visit Gretsch's web site and join their forum and you will find a 5120 thread. Many of...Read complete review
There have been enough 5 star ratings of this instrument in these reviews. Take the time and visit Gretsch's web site and join their forum and you will find a 5120 thread. Many of the participants have found the 5120 lacking in some very critical areas: Tuners - Backlash Nut - Soft Plastic that needs to be replaced Tune-O-Matic Bridge - replace with higher grade component I have found, like others that the instrument is difficult to keep in tune. On my particular one, you have to tune down by one whole step and then tune up to get it in tune and then it will not stay in tune long. Given the shortcomings that I have found I think that an Epiphone Broadway would have been a better value for the dollar at the price I could afford. When purchasing the 5120, test as many of these models as you can get your hands on and I am sure you will find one good one out of the lot. Otherwise, consider Epiphone or Ibanez for a better value.
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Went to my local GC store a few weeks ago with a GC discount coupon looking to buy something. Started playing both acoustic and electric guitars. On the wall was a G5120 in Walnut stain. Plugged into the amp I have at home, Marshall DSL 15 watt all tube and was immediately impressed with the tone, no matter what position I had the pickup switch. The set up was perfect and was easy to play. Play mostly 50s & 60s and this guitar fit the bill. However it can be used for most types like blues and jazz, but I don't see it for heavy metal. So I bought it. Gretsch has come out with a new line of Electromatics which cost between $100 & $150 more, so grab one of these before they're all gone.
I have been in and out of GC on a number of trips for giutars i have purchased, strings, straps, ect, and every time i go i see this beautiful G5120 gretch sitting on a stand in there sound proof room with all the real expensive guitars. So one day i said what the hell! and went in and played every guitar they had in there, then i got to the Gretch, now im no guitar expert by any means but i do know what i like my guitar to sound and feel like. Ya the 3,000,00 dollar guitars were nice, but for the way this guitar sounded and felt in my hands, i could'nt justifie spending all that money on a guitar that had what i wanted in my hands! Great Sound, Great, looks, and most of all GREAT PRICE !! Beautiful walnut finish, So i named her BETTY LOU ! And yup you got it right, Betty Lou came home with me that nite!
This is the third time i have tried to write a review on this guitar, thats how much i like it! they just don't seem to post them. Anyways, let me try again! i went into GC with no intentions on buying another guitar, i just bought an ltd ec1000 which is a very nice guitar also except for the buzz that was driving nuts on the low E string, but thats another story. i went into there sound proof room where they have all there real expensive guitars and played every one of them. from the 3,000,00 to the 8,00,00 which was this gretch G5120 and for the money and the way this guitar felt i could,nt find a reason not to take this home! this guitar plays amazing and has such a warm sound to it. Truly a nice piece of workmanship for the money. You want to spend 3,000,00 go ahead! But don't do it until you give this axe a drive! You just might change your mind. I DID !!!!
ok this like the fourth time i have written a review on this guitar! to begin with the picture that GC shows does,nt do this guitar any justice at all. this is one pretty guitar, as far as the workmanship goe,s i find it to be a beautiful piece of art on top of the fact that it has a warm sound to it. the action on my G5120 is perfect for my style of playing. i sat in there room with all the 3,000,00 guitars and played every one of them, and to tell you the truth i could,nt find one that sounded as nice to justify spending that kind of money! it is was it is, a great sounding guitar! tuning did have it's issues, i chocked it up as having new strings on them, and i was right after getting it home and playing it for a few days the tuning seemed to be ok, keeping in it's case seemed to do the trick the wood does,nt seem to move as much when kept protected from the drie air in my home! hey if your looking for a guitar that has that certain sound that makes you want to keep playig, then do your self a favor go check this out! i was blown away by it, just an over all nice guitar.GRETCH has been at this for quit some time, and though fender owns them now, there no slouches at making guitars either! Great Guitar Great sound! Go play it it will talk to you the same way it did me!
I read a lot of reviews on this guitar. I purchased over the phone and received it timely, but 3 days after playing it cuts out on me. It's left me with the impression that Gretsch's quality does not meet what I've read about this model.
i had no intentions on bying this guitar when i walked into GC in danvers ma. although imust admit every time i went in there it caught my eye. i had just purchased an LTD custom not to long ago and really was'nt as happy with it as i thought i would be, but thats a whole other story! so i went into there sound proof room and started playing all there expensive guitars before i picked up the g5120! and let me tell you, it was like holding the woman you know you were going to marry!! there was just something about the way it felt in your hands, it sounded warm and clean, no buzz, no bull, just a great overall tone and feel to it. ya the 3,000,00 dollar guitars were nice but for the price of this axe i could,nt justify spending the money, not after playing this guitar. they called it wallnut in color ,i call it Betty Lou! And guess what? Betty Lou came home that nite!! GREAT BUY for a guitar that sounds and feels this nice!!
Have only had for a month, but pleasantly surprised by this guitar. It's a lot of guitar for the money. I have a couple PRS's and Fender's and I'm used to quality instruments. But I didn't have a hollowbody and since I'm really into George Harrison right now, thought I would try one for a different sound. It has a distinct tone that I don't get from the solid bodies. Not wanting to gamble a couple grand on the more expensive options out there, so to satisfy my curiosity, I decided on this one. The reviews were pretty positive and my instructor actually recommended this, not knowing it was my preferred choice. What I got was a beautiful Orange Axe with a neat Bigsby whammy. It can be mellow or as hardcore as I want, for Clapton and SRV. The neck is highly playable, but not as silky as the "64 Jazzmaster or Mira, but do the math and this is a great buy. No problem keeping it in tune and after removing the foam under the bridge, was able to set the intonation to near perfect, thanks to the Gretsch tech tips available on-line. It's made in Korea, but that's not a reason to doubt its quality, has great finish, no apparent flaws and assembled fine. A bit bulkier than solid bodies, but not too heavy. Controls take a bit to get used to, but actually work great. Pretty guitar, that works and plays well. Save some money and buy it.
When I saw this 'true' rockabilly guitar at the GC where I live, at a price I could handle, I went for it like a rat to a cheeto. It is an excellent guitar by any standard, but here are some notes on how my G5120 evolved. 1. The original pots and pickup switch are decent, but by no means excellent when compared to American components. I upgraded to the "TV Jones Tone Pot" wiring harness at the same time I upgraded the pickups to TV Jones classics. Note that you have to open up the metric holes a little on the pots and end-pin jack for the american components to fit. But when I was done, this baby is pure rock-n-roll, blues, or whatever else I want to play. I'll say a little more about this below... 2. I can't say I'm a fan of the floating bridge as I use the heel of my hand to muffle strings to get the Johnny Cash train sound and it kept sliding around on me. So I carefully set the bridge location (considering that I might want to drop down to a lighter gauge string at some point) and then I pinned it in place. Now I'm thrilled with how the guitar plays. 3. I've traditionally been an acoustic guitar player, but I have several solid body electrics as well. What I've noticed about the Gretsch when compared to semi and solid body electrics is the terrific dynamics of the tone. There's a lot more depth to the sound and the plucking of strings produces a much acoustic quality than any solid body I've ever played. So while the Gretsch is primarily known for blues and rockabilly, I can recommend it for any application where getting a deep dynamic sound is desirable. 4. I highly recommend this guitar. For just under $1000 I've got an electromatic with TV Jones pickups and all-american top-end components. If you don't have a genuine hollow-body in your arsenal, and you're not afraid to install pickups, then get this guitar. The original electronics sounded fine, but the difference was night and day after I installed the TV Jones stuff.
I bought an ebony 5120 and immediately fell in love with the classic rock-a-billy tone and playability of this instrument. The only changes I'm making are to install TV Jones pickups and wiring harness. The wiring harness includes higher quality pots and switch which should make this great guitar sound even better. HIghly recommended. Fit and finish are excellent as well.
Ok, So I got another name brand Hollow body, was a couple hundred less, does it sound good. Yes, Was it a wise buy. No If I had patience, I would of saved 500 bucks, None the less I am overly super impressed , the first 5120 I played sounded pretty bad, clear pick guard, but This one I got the walnut. Its Beautiful! Sounds Great through my Bugera V22 , this is the Guitar I had heard in my heart. So you think the Machine heads look cheap, psh, I say they look classy, You cant Go wrong with this Guitar, esp if your into various genres. I am holding the Gretsch I just got, its grown to my arm. Sorry other un named guitar company but Gretsch sound is Gretsch sound nothing can meet that sound. I would gladly wait another year to get this guitar, but ill just save a year, the pickups in the gretsch are Nice, Perfect and not in need of immediate replacement.
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