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 ... Read More
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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I've been picking up & playing this guitar at my local GC store for over a year, and last week, I finally had the cash to pick it up! I've always been a hollow-body fan, but could never settle on one. I saw that Tim Armstrong had a signature model Gretsch out, so being a punk rocker in my early years, decided to give this one a go. It's awesome!! The Black Top Filter'Trons give it an awesome full sound, but with that classic Gretsch twang. Clean channel sounds full, bright, and sparkly, but add some crunch or overdrive and this thing rips! Defineitly my new go-to guitar for everything! It has a really large body feel to it (17"!), but it didn't take long for me to really like that too. Matte black finish with the gold hardware really sets it off. Looks amazing! Playability is awesome! Great feel & smooth action. Really well built. Sounds perfect! I love it!!
I never played a Gretsch before, so I was more than hesitant when it came to buying this guitar. I went to GC, tried out quite a few different semi-hollows, and most of the Gretsch guitars they had definitely sounded and felt great. I wasn't a fan of the Bigsby Bar on the base Electromatics, so I went with the Tim Armstrong model because it lacked the bar. Also, c'mon, it's Tim Armstrong! The minute I saw this guitar, I was instantly reminded of the Fall Back Down video I used to watch constantly growing up. But this guitar is more than just fancy artist endorsed model (*cough* Ibanez *cough*). The Filter'Tron pickups sound amaaaazing. My only gripe about this guitar was the fact that I had to adjust the bridge to get a more ideal action and fix the intonation. I had to park the bridge right up against the side of the pickup to get the intonation just right. But paired with a simple amp, this guitar sounds great clean, a little dirty, and even with a lot of crunch. Heck, you could even mic the f-holes, the body has so much resonance and sustain. I would say I'm definitely a Gretsch fan now. Sure, it's not as nice a hand-made Gibson would be, but for the price, you really can't go wrong.
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.
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.
I played this guitar at namm2010 and it feels sooo fake and cheap to play. I'm more of a Gibson player but I do tend to play Gretschs from time to time, and honestly these electromatics are so cheaply made, the bigbsy bar is cheap, when played it goes out of tuned. And it doesn't even come with a case or a gig bag!!! I give it 2 stars cus rancid is awesome and even Tim Armstrong doesn't play a cheap electromatic!
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