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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 end... Read More

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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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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
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)
  • Neck
  • 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)
  • Electronics
  • 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
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome-Plated
  • Bridge: Rosewood-Based Adjusto-Matic Bridge
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage Style Open-Back
  • Miscellaneous
  • 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
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Gretsch® Instrument Limited Lifetime Warranty FMIC warrants your Gretsch brand instrument to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for as long as it is owned by the original retail purchaser, except that pickups, switches, jacks, controls, all other electronic components, tuning machines, hardware, pickguards, plated surfaces, gig bags, cases and case hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. This warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Gretsch Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL SALES RECEIPT, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE VALIDATING THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. FMIC has established a network of independent Authorized Service Centers for warranty service. The Gretsch Dealer from whom you purchased your instrument may also be authorized for warranty service and should be the first point of contact when service of any kind is required for your Gretsch instrument. To receive warranty service, return the complete instrument to an Authorized Service Center, with your sales receipt as proof of purchase, during the applicable warranty period. Defective components that qualify for coverage under this warranty will be repaired or replaced (at FMIC's discretion) without charge. Remedies beyond normal service repair of any Gretsch instrument require both an evaluation and confirmation of the defect and a direct recommendation to FMIC from an Authorized Service Center for alternative considerations. All transportation, insurance and freight charges associated with warranty service and repairs on Gretsch instruments are the responsibility of the purchaser, as is any service initiated for the purpose of customizing setups or adjustments beyond factory specifications. Initial standard setup and adjustment of the instrument and its components at the time of purchase are considered normal Dealer product preparation, and are not covered by this warranty. See complete details at http://www.gretschguitars.com/resources/warranty.html


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4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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Be prepared to overhaul

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...Read complete review

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.

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not ready out the box....

Overall, the G5420 is a nice instrument for the money. But mine came with several cosmetic flaws on the finish, a scratch on the Bigsby, and very noticeable fret buzz. The Guitar...Read complete review

Overall, the G5420 is a nice instrument for the money. But mine came with several cosmetic flaws on the finish, a scratch on the Bigsby, and very noticeable fret buzz. The Guitar Center repair department didn't get the buzz out. So, I had to spend almost $120 for a luthier to do a set-up using 11s, since it still buzzed with 10s. Now that it's set-up properly, I really enjoy playing my Chet Atkins music on it. It has a very distinct tone (very different from my ES-175), but it also seems to pick up my thumb pick noise much more than my Gibson. Overall, I believe it's a good buy for the money, if you can live with any cosmetic flaws it may have or having to possibly spend more money for a set-up (a risk of buying via the internet)!

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3.0

Maybe they gave me a lemon...

By Aaron

from New York, NY

I played this in the store and loved it. Great tone, easy playability. Then they gave me a different one to go home with. I didn't play it in the store, which was a mistake. It simply doesn't sound as good as the one on display and it has some foam built into the guitar top that doesn't come off. Maybe they gave me the lemon they had in the back?

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5.0

BEST STORE EVER

By Steven Connor

from BERTHA MN.

wow i have been buying my guitars from guitar center for some time now, i am trying to replace the 39 guitars i lost in a fire, i purchased a used ibanez artcore and it came damaged from the VA. store buy UPS so i called the store and the manager did not have another red artcore, so he said i have a GRETCH G5420T i received it in 2 days I TUNED HER UP AND PLUGGED INTO THE AMP AND WOW WHAT A SOUND, THE POWER THE TONE AND I WAS IMPRESSED THANK YOU FREDICKSBURG VA. STORE I WILL KEEP DOING MY BUSINESS WITH THE GUITAR CENTER!!!!!!!! THANKS STEPH CONNOR

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4.0

A Twang Beast!

By David Treadway

from Friendship, Arkansas

I've had my 5420 a little over a month and am very satisfied with it. This review is prompted, in part, by others who have found that the guitar needs a fair amount of setup. I did NOT find this to be the case, as setup was done in-store at Guitar Center in Little Rock. (Insert large props here.) Tone-wise, I am in low orbit halfway between Duane Eddy and early George Harrison. I hook into a LovePedal Gen5 echo box (for that Setzer slap) and on into a Vox AC15 circa 2011, Top Boost channel with the Cut switch at about 2:30, bass and treble knobs to taste. The sound of the Black Top Filter 'Tron pickups took a bit of getting used to, as I was raised on P-90 Gibsons. I tried a Telecaster for a year, but somehow it never would make me sound like Vince Gill. The treble response was way too much, no matter where I set the tone knob. There's PLENTY of top end on the Gretsch, but there seems to be a sharp cutoff somewhere. It adds to the definition without causing a nosebleed. I've found that the pickups go all mushy if I hit the front end of the amp too hard, but a little distortion is a fabulous thang. Overall, the guitar is well-made and substantial. The soundposts seem to tame the feedback from a non-musical howl to more of a musical sustain. Nice! The rosewood on the fretboard seems to have some sort of satiny finish on it, adding to ease of playing. There are minor tuning annoyances, as I expected with that old school wiggle stick, but they're easy enough to compensate for. I may replace the tuners eventually and the nut could use a little filing, but those are the only tweaks I can see coming. I am completely satisfied with the 5420. I would have given it 5 stars except for the minor tuning problems and the fact that the only one in stock that day was ORANGE. Everybody knows us Guitar Studs prefer black!

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5.0

Sweet and orange

By John R Tomlin

from Portland Oregon

All I can say is I love it! I look forward to playing it every chance I get. It's so fun when I plug into my Fender tube amp with my compressor, I can practically hypnotize myself with the sound it produces. Its a lot of guitar for the money.I've been a strat guy, but now I'm going Gretsch.For a beautiful guitar on a budget, I'd recommend this.

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5.0

Great Hollowbody

By Daniel Wells

from Sterling, IL

I bought this guitar about a month ago from a store. I was concerned that some of the reviews complained about the guitar not being set up properly when ordered online, but they did this for me at the store. The guitar sounds great. I bought it primarily to teach myself Rock-a-billy and it does sound ideal for this. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to a friend.

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5.0

Great Guitar

By Mary Johnson

from Maryland

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

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4.0

Great value and super fun to play

By wendall hagen

from St Paul, MN

I have had the 5420 for about 4 months. I owned a 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG that was stolen years ago and currently have a 1977 Gretsch Axe with Humbuckers, Takamine EF341SC acoustic, plus many other lesser guitars so this is hardly my first guitar and certainly not the most expensive. Simply, I fell in love with this guitar when I heard the sounds that come out of it. I could not believe the range of sounds and the smoothness and sweetness that I seem to only find in hollow bodies and semi hollow bodies. This guitar can be configured to sound GREAT no matter what the genre. No other guitar I have had, has been able to sound great over the range of genre I like to play. The Good: Finish is outstanding and the neck is flawless with no torques, no waves, and no height issues with a fret. I typically play to about the 15th-16th fret and the guitar is totally clean to those frets using about a 5/64" low E to 1/16" high E string height with stock strings. Did I mention the sound? General playability is very good and let's be real, ..., this guitar is cheap for the performance delivered. The Not So Good: The tuners are functional at best. I put a drop of oil down the tuner body and dry powdered graphite in the nut groves. The starting twist on a tuner is a little stiff but smooth once tuning is started. A set of Grover 18:1 Sta-Tites may be in the future if for nothing else I like a bigger tuning knob. The guitar needs some serious setup when purchased. The neck needs to be straighten and the bridge needs to be properly placed for accurate tuning. Don't sand the bridge bottom. It is designed to make a 4 point contact. Overall: This is without a doubt the most fun guitar I have ever owned. Unlike the boat anchor solid bodies, the 5420 is much lighter making it easier to deal with over a few hours. It has weight but it is not the back breaking weight of some solid bodies. I have some big amps but picked up a Fender Frontman 25R (it is real light!!!) for small family and group settings I now play. Fantastic sound at non-head splitting, non-foundation breaking, small room level volumes. For the money, the 5420 is a lot of guitar!

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4.0

Needs Major Work Out of the Box

By Peter McLaughlin

from Margate City, NJ

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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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not ready out the box....

By GLENN GUILLOT

from Slidell, LA

Overall, the G5420 is a nice instrument for the money. But mine came with several cosmetic flaws on the finish, a scratch on the Bigsby, and very noticeable fret buzz. The Guitar Center repair department didn't get the buzz out. So, I had to spend almost $120 for a luthier to do a set-up using 11s, since it still buzzed with 10s. Now that it's set-up properly, I really enjoy playing my Chet Atkins music on it. It has a very distinct tone (very different from my ES-175), but it also seems to pick up my thumb pick noise much more than my Gibson. Overall, I believe it's a good buy for the money, if you can live with any cosmetic flaws it may have or having to possibly spend more money for a set-up (a risk of buying via the internet)!

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(10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Be prepared to overhaul

By Kirk Lawler

from Chicago, Illinois

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.

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