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Get ready for some serious twangin' up ahead, because this special edition G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar from Gretsch has the vibe and tone that will have you dancing th... Click To Read More About This Product

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Get ready for some serious twangin' up ahead, because this special edition G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar from Gretsch has the vibe and tone that will have you dancing the twist until 2 a.m. This stylish, professional guitar features redesigned Gretsch Dual-Coil humbucking pickups, adjustable bridge, chrome-plated die-cast tuners, and cool colors!

You get an amazing level of playability and looks with the G5122 Electromatic.

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  • Laminated maple hollowbody 16" W x 2.2"D
  • Laminated maple top
  • Laminated maple neck (24.56" scale)
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 1-11/16" (43mm) nut width
  • Vintage style machine heads
  • 2 Gretsch chrome-covered Dual-Coil humbuckers
  • #1 tone pot control setup
  • G-Arrow Knobs
  • Adjusto-Matic bridge on rosewood base
  • Bigsby® B60 vibrato tailpiece
  • Gretsch knurled strap knobs
  • Chrome-plated hardware
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Gretsch GuitarsG5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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(87 of 94 customers found this review helpful)



By Max

from California

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Gretsch has pioneered all hollow-bodied guitars. This is a great guitar. It sounds AMAZING. It's looks are great, and it's not too flashy. The Bigsby tail piece looks great on it. The Red Hot Chili Peppers used this guitar for some recordings. The tone will blow you away. Also, its not that heavy compared to other hollow-bodies. So this is a great buy, I suggests you get it today!

(47 of 49 customers found this review helpful)


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from Albuquerque nm

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

After playing strats since '65,I wanted to get to have the sound and tone of a hollow body.So after trying a number of options at Guitar Center in Abq.I ordered the Gretsch G5122 double cutaway in walnut.When it came in the setup was slightly off,but very playable.The workman ship is very high,frets are set in the rosewood with no sharp edges,all controls are snug,tuners are in perfect alignment and the finish is excellent.The nut is plastic so you might want to change it out-I had my tech install the Earvana system,check this out,you can't beat it for keeping your guitars in tune-and put on GHS SANTANA 10.5's.This Gretsch plays fantastic!!!It's pickups deliver enough bite to really sing thru both my older Vox AC30 and my Blues jr nos.With gain around 2o'clock this guitar comes alive for blues and late 60's/early 70's style.I thought about changing the tuners to Grovers,but after really putting the 5122 through hundres of bends and attacking the Bigsby like a banshee,they are still working great.The overall feel,sounds and playability are whatI would expect from Gretsch in the $1500 range,and yes I have played their 6120's,Duojet's and Tennessee Rose.This current model is of a higher quality over earlier electromatic's and I only wish I picked it up 6 months ago.Bottom line,if you are looking for a hollow body with great feel,sound and looks,check this one out,you won't be sorry !!!!!

(44 of 45 customers found this review helpful)



By Bob Phelps

from Kissimmee, Florida

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

i've played for over 27 yrs My first Guitar was a Gretsch Country Gentleman Loved it. Had several guitars over the years But I gotta tell ya this G5122 Hollowbody has blown me away with the action and sound The guitar is lightweight and easy to play. Has that undeniable Gretsch twang and that Bigsby tremolo for added fun.. I really recommend this Beauty for most styles of playing..Not to mention the cool classy design WOW..Priced very very reasonable for a Gretsch I recommend it also for soloing.. I play a lot of blues and mellow tunes to Santana, Stevie ray vaughn to Metallica and gotta say this baby has'nt disappointed me at all.

(43 of 55 customers found this review helpful)


Retro is Cool!

By Sam

from Washington DC

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

You have to love the retro feel of this guitar. Great sounding especially with a clean signal. Add just a bit of distortion for a wonderful blues sound. Four stars? Yep, action was set too low from the factory and resulted in lots of fret buzz. Fixed with the adjusto-matic bridge, but should I have to do that when the attached quality control card indicated that it was checked and deemed correct? Small issue for sure and with the reasonable asking price, you'll get a great sounding, great looking, and easy playing guitar.

(43 of 44 customers found this review helpful)



By Johara

from United States of America

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

bought this yesterday at Georges Music Center in Torrington CT, love it so far. When I saw it on the rack, I had a feeling I was going home with it that day, Even though I planned on trying out some Fenders. Clean, it's awesome, but when you add some gain, that's where she shines, the power and energy behing these humbuckers is just something else, I'm used to Telecaster single coil, so it sounded so fresh to me. it looks great, so vintage, pictures don't do it any justice trust me. The bigsby is my favorite part, just a little back and forth on it, and it'll give you chills, this guitar is meant for sublty, but can perform well when you go all out.

(30 of 31 customers found this review helpful)


Walnut Gretsch G5122

By Derek

from Charleston, South Carolina

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I ordered this guitar over a weekend, splurged on two-day shipping, and received my order quickly. The Gretsch G5122 double-cutaway is amazing! The Gretsch headstock is large with a Gretsch pearloid name inlay. The open-back tuners are good quality tuners and suit the guitar well. The neck is thin, with easy access to the 20th and 21st frets (23 frets total) and the thumbnail inlays are different. The walnut finish on the guitar is great. I see no splotches or other imperfections and the binding is perfect. For Fender players, the body is a little large. It's easy to get used to though if you've ever picked up an acoustic or acoustic/electric guitar. The silver hardware on the body is nice although, with the Bigsby, it makes the guitar a little heavy. The built-in strap locks are great. Unfortunately, if you buy a large leather strap, the strap locks make it a pain if you want to sit down and play sans strap. The floating bridge was pretty much set up out of the box. I did find a video on YouTube on optimizing your Electromatic guitar. I recommend searching for and watching the video so that you can make sure the intonation is set correctly if you're doing the setup yourself. I also found that, although the strings are fully tuned, and the strings are holding the bridge down as they should, if you touch the bridge and put a little pressure on it, it will move a little. Controls take a little getting used to if you've never played a Les Paul style guitar. I've heard a lot of Gretsch players opt to install TV Jones pickups in their 5122s and 5120s. As I don't have another Gretsch to compare this to, I can't comment on the sound quality of the stock pickups. They sound decent though using a Vox amp. There is no scratching from the knobs or three-way toggle. There is no protective plate around the input jack to protect from scratching the finish with a 1/4" plug. The input jack also sits a little low on the side of the body that will be facing the ground while playing. This guitar exceeded my expectations for the price. I can easily see why the Gretsch G5122 is one of the best selling Gretsch guitars. Only giving it four stars due to the overall weight and the fact that there's no protective plate around the input jack to protect finish. I would recommend the Gretsch G5122 to anyone interested. This is my first but, most likely, will not be my last purchase from Gretsch.

(27 of 29 customers found this review helpful)


Great sound, great playability, great looks, great value

By JuJuMan

from NJ, USA

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I've owned this guitar for about 6 months, and I really, really like it. It has one of the most comfortable necks that I've ever played, and very smooth action. I play straight-up, no effects, through a tube amp (Fender Blues Junior NOS), and I find that this guitar has a very versatile range, good for a variety of classic sounds. Start unplugged, and the hollow-body is loud enough for practicing late at night without disturbing your household. Turn the amp up a little and you get a nice, warm tone for soloing. Turn up a little more and you get some nice bass and mid-range for rhythm. A little higher still and you get a nice Dave Davies "crunch." If you're into shredding, goth or heavy metal, this guitar is probably not for you, but if you're into any kind of roots music, the Gretsch is one of the finest new guitars that you'll find in its price range.

(27 of 28 customers found this review helpful)


Great Gretch at an affordable price

By Karl Wollner

from Monroe, Nc

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I ordered this guitar after having studied the reviews. I was very satisfied with its appearance, it's good playability and the the sweet sound that it produces with its active pickups. It needed some better quality strings and a slight adjustment of the neck to get rid of a slight string buzz to make it truly an easy instrument to play. I have been devoted to fingerstyle playing for many years, have tried various guitar types including, Ibanez, Gibson, this guitar tops them all in the catagory of 1)looks, 2) playability, including a fast neck, a 2 1/4 in thick body and 3) affordability. The vintage style tuners could have been replaced by a better choice. Very satisfied indeed ! Planning to sell my Ibanez AS73 right now.

(26 of 32 customers found this review helpful)


Beautiful Instrument

By Bill Blackman

from Quincy, FL

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

When I pulled this beauty out of the box, it was love at first sight. It's the prettiest body I've had next to mine in a while. I tuned it and it was ready to go. And it definitely has that "Great Gretsch Sound". Buy it. Buy it now!

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Fun Retro Geetar

By G H

from McLean, VA

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5122 Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Added to the collection (flame top American Fat Strat, Swamp Ash LP). I was looking for a semi-hollow in the mid-low price range to round out the basic axe collection for a bedroom player. Considered the PRS. It sounded good, liked the look of the natural version, but decided I'd rather have a more traditional retro vibe (Beatles fan). I really liked the G5121, but I wanted a double cut, so I was set to buy the JL casino, then found the G5122 online�ۡ����went with George over Paul and John, George was far too underrated anyway so I gave him props with the guitar choice ;-). The first arrived with some scratches. They probably weren't much worse than a guitar off the floor, but since I was buying it "untouched" I wanted any wear on the guitar to come from me. GC exchanged it no problem. Second one arrived flawless, and sounds excellent (as did the first). As others have mentioned, it really does look, feel, sound like a higher end guitar than it's price suggests. I had planned to swap out the pickups for TV Jones to get the brighter punchier mids and highs, but after living with the stock PUs for a while, I like them as is, and will put the money towards a new Vox VT+ amp. The main reason for getting the G5122 over the Casino for me came down to fit and finish on the lower end Casinos (took a gamble on the G5122 unseen that paid off in the end). To equal the G5122 in the Casino, IMO I would have had to go up in price to the JL Casino (which is offset by a hard case, where as the G5122 needs another C note to get the hard case not included). As a Beatles fan, I decided the G5122 still fit the bill, and if I was going to go the Casino route, I'd give the guitar lust a rest, and consider shelling out the money for a Gibson 330 over an Epiphone (more of investment with the Gibson name and retained resale value). To summarize, the G5122 turned out to be a really good choice, fun to play, sounds good, looks good. It makes a great guitar for a new player who wants value for money, and a great lesser priced semi-hollow for others who already have a guitar or two in the above a grand category who don't want to break the bank on yet another new guitar (but just gotta have one anyway). Two thumbs up on the G5122.

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