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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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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 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (37)
  • Good feel (34)
  • Fun to play (32)
  • Good pick up (31)
  • Solid electronics (24)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (30)
  • Practicing (29)
  • Recording (23)
  • Small venues (21)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (8), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Good Value

I really like this guitar - sound, looks, value. I also have one of the earlier 5120 Electromatics and love that guitar too. The 5420 has a slightly livelier, brighter, and even...Read complete review

I really like this guitar - sound, looks, value. I also have one of the earlier 5120 Electromatics and love that guitar too. The 5420 has a slightly livelier, brighter, and even more Gretschy tone than the 5120. Both are quite beautiful guitars. My new 5420 has a deeper orange and the top, while not technically considered a figured wood, has such grain patterns as to almost appear burled. Really beautiful and the finish is excellent. I love playing it and hearing it's complex tone. Now for the bad. My first purchase was the Cadillac Green FSR 5420. It looked nice, sounded good, but the strings would not center over the pole pieces of the PUPS. If the bridge was moved to adjust this, it would spring back from string tension to its original position. I figured the Bigsby was not positioned correctly. Had to send it back and exchaged for the slightly more expensive orange model - which was dead on arrival - no sound from the amp when plugged in. Sigh ... I decided to fix it, figuring it to be wiring related. I resoldered several questionable looking joints and everything is fine now. I really liked the looks and feel and sound of the guitar otherwise I would never have gone to the trouble. The wooden base of the bridge was also not matched to the contour of the top very closely. I used some Stew-Mac tools and supplies to sand it to a perfect match. I know - this is a lot to do to an almost $900 guitar. It is beyond what is reasonable to expect for your money IMHO. Fortunately, I have enough experience to deal with some of these issues. This is typical of my experience with Asian guitars in this price range. Sometimes you get absolutely stunning value, sometimes you get a clinker - that's the way it is. Almost all of them require a good set-up. DIY or pay somebody competent. So, with all issues addressed, do I still love her? Yes, it was worth it for me. I would still recommend the guitar. Just a heads up of what you might expect of any brand in this price range. I have a great guitar now - but it took a little work to get it there. Seems typical these days.

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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 52 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

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 ...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By Lucas Kellis

    from Cohoes New York

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Wide range of tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Played in the shop several times and loved it. The pots are responsive andhave a good feel. The neck is amazing superr low action with no buzz at all. Beautiful fretboard that is not dry so it feels silky smooth. You can get anywhere from a jazz tone through rockabilly classic rock to even some punk sounds. Fiddle around with the individual volumes while having the master at full then don't touch the individual volumes just use the mast to clean up the gain so you can always go back to it with the master and keep the same tone. The tone knob works but is a lot! More subtle than what you might find on a strat unless it's all the way open or closed so I just keep it in the middle. The only things I don't think it would not sound like is metal and hard rock and those sort of styles. Although you can get a pretty thick tone. Also it doesn't really have that strat sound for like your Eric Clapton or John Mayer stuff but can still cover plenty of tones.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What a sweet suprise!

      By Dr. N

      from Vancouver, BC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        This guitar got my attention at the store due to its nice "vintage" aspen green finishing. I decided to give it a try and was impressed by the following:

        a) Craftsmanship: I could not find anything wrong with the guitar. The 2016 model has an "aged" multi-ply binding that matches the aspen green perfectly. Fretboard was impeccable. 5-ply maple, good quality rosewood (fretboard), pearloid inlays and GraphTec nut.
        b) Playability: comfortable neck, frets with rounded edges, great action and no buzz.
        c) Sound and electronics: the black top filter tron PUs have lots of twang and the Gretsch sound I was looking for. I like the midrange as well. They sound very dynamic and responsive. These are great PUs. Pots are not CTS, they are made in Korea but no concerns so far. If needed, it would cost me almost nothing to replace the pots with CTS ones and install a Switchcraft output jack.
        d) Hardware: good hardware. No issues and no need to replace anything. Bigsby B60!!!

        The 2016 model plays, sounds and looks great right out of the box. It sounds amazing with my Vox and Carvin amps. This Gretsch guitar is proof that you don't need a very expensive guitar to sound great, in the studio or on stage. Just be careful with feedback as this is a full hollow-body guitar.
        I have many guitars (classical, acoustic and electric), made in USA, Europe and Asia. I have bad g.a.s. and always look for a good deal based on quality, playability, sound and value.
        Please trust me. This is indeed a great guitar. I couldn't resist and brought one home. By the way, I never sell or trade my guitars, so my kids will also enjoy this beauty. Thanks Fender/Gretsch/Korea for another great instrument.

         
        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.

             
            5.0

            I Would Buy This Product Again and Recommend it To Others

            By Ricky the Runner / K4VMS

            from Port Charlotte, FL and Los Angeles

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • The other two reviews say it all.

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                I own 2 of these. Orange one and the White and Gold one.

                (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!!

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I would buy this guitar again

                    By Roy

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                      Played well straight out of the box. Didn't care for the stock strings, but my luthier did a setup with D'Addario 11's and now it has the great Gretsch sound I wanted. Looked it over carefully out of the box; no flaws, workmanship was excellent. Gold hardware and inlays give it a classy look.My luthier called it a "statement guitar" and I have to agree. As other reviewers have noted, the volume nob is not linear. Just a personality quirk that requires some getting used to. Bigsby vibrato works well; a bit stiffer than the whammy on my Strat, but again, just something to get used to. Some reviewers have noted difficulties getting a good case. My local GC in ATL carries Gator brand cases, and they had a quality hard shell case that fits the Gretsch G5420T like a glove. I bought this guitar to play Beatles and rockabilly, but got a pleasant surprise: on the neck pickup only, it is a respectable jazz box, and I expect to enjoy exploring that aspect of the guitar. It sounds great for just about any style of music. If you are looking for a quality, well-made mid-priced hollow body guitar that looks great, sounds great and is very versatile, this guitar fills the bill very well. If it gets damaged or stolen, I would definitely replace it with the same model, same color.

                      (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.

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