Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar Aspen Green 886830943843

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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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Overview

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.

Case sold separately.

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
Warranty
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 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Novice (3)

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 21 customers

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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

        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

          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

                  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.

                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Loving the look, sound and feel of this axe

                        By Richard

                        from Middle Village, New York

                        Site Member

                        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                        No doubt, I love owning and playing different guitars, but these days there's so many to choose from, it sometimes confuses and boggles my mind. There's the cost of those awesome looking guitars, price tags going upwards of $3000 and more ... The Guitar Center sent me a brochure, the other day, focusing on acoustic guitars, and the one on the cover was priced at nearly $11,000, sincerely, a guitar with that kind of price tag, better play and entertain me all the way, without my human touch. Thank God there are guitars for sale that a guitar player like myself can afford and still be pleasing in all aspects wanted by a player of my taste. The G5420T is just one of those guitars ... With its classic body styling, good color choice to choose from, ease of playing, and sound, that should be expected by a guitar, such as this ... Surely it hits its mark. I chose the Sunburst color, for me, it was most appealing and stepped-up its overall look. The action is comfortable and playable all the way up the neck, only problem is the Low E String has a slight buzz to it, adjusting the bridge may extinguish that flaw, or sanding the frets, if that fails. Another issue is that the pick guard had some scratches on it, I noted that right out of the box, and a sales person is addressing that issue with the company, for a replacement guard. I love the sound of this guitar, its sweet mellow tone is perfect for jazz licks, and the toggle setting, lends it to country picking. All in all, I'm so glad I bought this guitar, it really complements my other guitars, my Gibson Deluxe Les Paul, my D18 Martin, and my Fender American Stratocaster, its unique styling and tone construction, makes it a welcome addition to my guitars, thus far. I hope my comments are helpful to others.

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