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Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
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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Gretsch GuitarsG5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Needs Major Work Out of the Box

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....Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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)!

Reviewed by 22 customers

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4.0

Step Back In Time With Sweet Looks and Sound!

By Pistol Peter

from Antioch, CA

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    Sort of picked this up on a whim during a visit to my local GC on Xmas Eve, it seemed to be calling out to me from the used guitar section with it's vintage looks. Granted the model I purchased is a 5120T, which I understand is the previous model to the 5420T, with the newer model having a pinned bridge (versus the 'floating' one on mine) and possibly different pickups. However, I fell in love with the feel of the neck (similar to Gibson's slim taper?), the sound of the pickups, and that gorgeous tone that only a hollowbody can produce, sounding quite stunning played through the clean channel of my amp (with reverb cranked, of course!), as well as the drive channel (from 'Spirit In The Sky' tones, and Moody Blues to Nugent). The construction of this axe is amazing for the price (considering it is manufactured overseas), from the orange stain finish with cream binding, to the easy playing neck with rosewood fretboard and 'neoclassic' thumbnail-clipping fretboard markers. I was, however, a little concerned with how the supplied Bigsby tremolo would keep in tune, as I have heard tales of it's inadequacies, but am pleased to say that I have no more issues with it than my American Standard Strat tremolo system. Am very pleased with this purchase after laying out 5 1/2 C's, and just ordered the hardshell case for it so I can keep this sweet baby protected! Try one out if you get the chance, I believe you'll be impressed ...

     
    5.0

    Got it for a friend. Want one myself

    By Doc

    from Longview, TX

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        This may be the current best buy on the market for the quality.
        I have some vintage Gibsons and fenders and bought this for a friend. It sounds fantastic and is fun to play.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Nuce

        By Cobra Jet

        from Montgomery, AL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          I had always wanted to own a Gretsch since seeing George Harrison and Chet Atkins back in the 60's. More recently learning Brian Setzer style rockabilly the Gretsch fever returned. My wife was aware of this and surprised me with a new G5420T (orange) from Guitar Center. My son is a drummer, and she loves to go to Guitar Center with us, so she knew where to go. The staff at Guitar Center Montgomery were very helpful to her, can you imagine my surprise! The case was shipped to our home separately, no problem. The Gretsch Electromatic series are very nice, solid guitars. Neck profile is comfortable, action was good, adjustments if necessary are easy. Sounds great through Vox AC30 and Vintage Deluxe Reverb. Played it live with a put-togather band recently, stayed in tune even with liberal use of vibrato. Guitar Center Montgomery seems to always have a few in stock.
          Try one, you'll like it!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Loving it!

          By RevRNF

          from Clayton, NM

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            Wanted one for quite awhile - finally got one, and I'm loving it!!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Flawless

            By Jason

            from Tucson, Arizona

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              I have several guitars and this is the very first I have not had to set up or make minor adjustments. I tuned it and went. No buzzing anywhere, no noise plugged in, everything solid. It was even perfectly intonated. There is not one tiny blemish and the matching neck, f-hole, and body binding look really nice. Only thing negative is personal in that I like the neck on the fat side, but this plays like butter. Now I'm looking at better amps to do it justice. I'm having fun messing around with different tones and settings/effects, but the neck pickup with tone knob dialed back is soooo nice for jazz tones, which is why I bought it.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Gretsch G5420T Aspen Green

              By Duke

              from Hague, VA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • The Aspen Green Color is awsome

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                Many thanks to Mark Sauer for a perfect sale.....Kudos to Todd the Technician who did the set up....this guitar is perfect.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Gretsch yourself one of these my friends...

                By steve

                from Somerset County NJ

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  as an older person, I have an unusual narrative: took lessons as a much younger man while growing up in NYC from a pretty serious teacher; quit and then, 40 years later, have gone back into it. My first step, last year, was to walk into the Guitar Center in Somerville, NJ and ask: "do you think this is even possible"? The answer I got from Mikey B. and Chris C. and all of the wonderful guys there was: "Of course". So, after starting back in on lessons with Ryan M. and later Brian W. (both terrific btw), I bought an Epiphone Les Paul Standard and started practicing away. And so, I decided to treat myself to a new toy and dove in on a new Gretsch 5420T in Aspen green. Right out of the box, the thing looked classy (even Mikey B. said the color looked a lot different/nicer than the web page seemed to show. The second I got it home I started playing it and cannot put it down! Nice, low, easy action right out of the box plus that classic twangy Gretsch sound! Also a great guitar for those learning as the fretboard and the overall mechanics are sooooo user-friendly. So, in closing, two pieces of gentle advice: try one of these Gretsch 5420T Electromatics and you will get a real sense of what is behind the Gretsch mystique. And buy it at Guitar Center because they stand behind/support everything they sell and everyone they support!

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This is great !

                  By Rickman

                  from Lakewood Colo.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                    I use it in recording and on stage. I also like the light weight of it and the classic look and sound .This is one of the good ones !

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome Sound

                    By Beetlekaz

                    from Cypress, Ca

                    About Me Novice

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                        This is my first Gretsch and it's awesome!!

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Beautiful Guitar

                        By Duncan

                        from Mission Viejo, CA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                          Love the feel.

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