Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar Black 886830876578

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The G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar sparkles with the lushly full and distinctively chiming sound that only comes from doubling the number of strings on a fine Gretsch guitar. Further, it features two dynamic "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups, which endow the latest generation of Electromatic hollow-body models with an electrifying voice and identity.

Full and balanced 12-string tone emanates from its bound double-cutaway hollowbody, which features 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 "G" Cutout Tailpiece, vintage-style open-back tuners and chrome hardware.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Bound double-cutaway hollowbody
  • Sound-post bracing
  • Elegant bound f holes.
  • Maple neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and hump-block pearloid inlays
  • Silver plexi pickguard
  • "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups
  • Three-position pickup switch
  • Classic "G" arrow control knobs
  • Rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic bridge
  • "G" Cutout Tailpiece
  • Vintage-style open-back tuners
Specifications
  • Body
    Body Material: 5-Ply Maple
    Body Shape: Double Cutaway
    Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
    Bracing: Sound Post
    Body Depth: 2.25" (57 mm)
    Neck
    Number of Frets: 22
    Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Neck Material: Maple
    Nut Width: 1.8125" (46 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 Blade: 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, "G" Cutout Tailpiece
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 GuitarsG5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice Guitar

This is my sixth guitar from MF and all have been great. I met the UPS man at the door and noticed a 3/4 in hole in the box, we unpacked it and...Read complete review

This is my sixth guitar from MF and all have been great. I met the UPS man at the door and noticed a 3/4 in hole in the box, we unpacked it and found whatever poked the hole missed the guitar body by 1/2 inch, very lucky there was no damage because the guitar was only protected by a thin cardboard box and two small pieces of styrofoam. The packing and shipping box were not up to standards for this price guitar. Recommend you buy a case with it and have them ship it in the case. If not shipped in a case MF should at least double box this guitar to avoid damage.
The Gretch G6241 FT case fits according to a guy who posted a picture of it in the case. I did not verify this myself but the picture showed it fitting.

I let the guitar come to room temp, checked the neck, loosened the strings and tightened the truss rod for a releif adjustment, no problem with the truss rod. (I always check this first on a new guitar because once I received a Jeff Beck Strat with the truss rod maxed out and had to return it.)
Contrary to other reports the nut and saddles were fine. This guitar has the new "Secure" non-floating bridge, I like that, tuning and intonating a 12 string is hard enough with a fixed bridge. Only problem with intonation is that I ran out of adjustment on the B and G saddles, not a big problem because I can reverse the saddles on the next string change and fix that. With those saddles against the aft stop those strings were just a little sharp at the 12th fret.
After I got it all set up and played a while I am convinced I can lower the action at the bridge and have a very fine action guitar. The neck and frets are great. The pickups sound good, no problems with any of the vol pots or the tone pot (guess I got lucky). I would have lowered the action and flipped the saddles right away but tuning and intonating this thing takes 20 minutes of work so it will be put off till I change strings. I wrote to Gretsch/Fender and asked them what strings come with the guitar they answered right away and said they are D'Addario 12 string .010-.046 so I ordered D'Addario EXL 150 12 string sets and some La Bella LAB 20P-12 Flat Wound's because everyone says flat wound are best on a 12 String. I love the guitar it's not a Rickenbacker and doesn't cost half as much, but at this price every elctric guy can have a good 12 string available for those songs that need it. It's a very nice sound and almost as easy to play as a 6 string. If you are looking for a very nice low to medium price 12 string electric this is it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

a swing...and a miss.

This is NOT the guitar for you if:

you want a 12 string out of the box with acceptable intonation, proper string gauge, correct nut spacing, and proper string...Read complete review

This is NOT the guitar for you if:

you want a 12 string out of the box with acceptable intonation, proper string gauge, correct nut spacing, and proper string saddles.

out of the box, this guitar is unplayable. a floating bride on a 12 string makes me question the reasoning of Gretsch's R&D personnel.

The actual saddles that the strings are placed in are not tooled properly. (At least not on the guitar I received) The strings actually sit atop the saddles and in the bass register do not sit within the grooves. Out of the box, the string saddles will need to be retooled. This operation is outside the scope of most players, and more the job of a skilled luthier.

The nut is made of plastic material. This by itself is not a deal breaker, but the spacing of the strings and the depth of the grooves in which the strings sit is very high and creates a very high action even in the first position. The correction of the nut would be another expense for an aftermarket modification should a customer choose to keep the instrument.

I am considering sending this guitar back as correction of these design issues require additional operations that are mandatory for #1 correct intonation, and #2 reduce frequency of string breakage. #3. Instrument playability.

Lastly, the up front cost appears low, but Musicians Friend price for a hollowbody with no case, no gig bag, improperly tooled hardware, a nut that was cut improperly, and pots that are either ON or OFF and no in between is further insult to injury. Read your warranty card carefully. it would be funny if it didn't involve a purchase you made.

With the guitar out of the box, and tuned to pitch, if a player wants to execute chords above the fifth fret, there will be faulty intonation, this rendering the guitar all but useless for anyone wanting to perform more ambitious music beyond first position chords.

This guitar is the Gretsch company's offering for an affordable alternative to Gibson's recent Les Paul Traditional 12 string, as well as 2013's ES335s 12 string. This guitar has Gibson dwarfed by way of affordability on paper, but does nothing impressive by way of build quality.

i really wanted to like this guitar. i really did. but after spending the bread I could afford, I have to say that this guitar is not worth the time, or money at any price. While Gretsch did make some great guitars years ago, their current line of affordable guitars doesn't cut it. Yes, the guitars look good, but for players who need a reliable guitar for work or jamming, this isn't one of them.

Would I recommend this guitar to a friend? no way.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Guitar

By Ross123

from Tucson AZ

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar:

    This is my sixth guitar from MF and all have been great. I met the UPS man at the door and noticed a 3/4 in hole in the box, we unpacked it and found whatever poked the hole missed the guitar body by 1/2 inch, very lucky there was no damage because the guitar was only protected by a thin cardboard box and two small pieces of styrofoam. The packing and shipping box were not up to standards for this price guitar. Recommend you buy a case with it and have them ship it in the case. If not shipped in a case MF should at least double box this guitar to avoid damage.
    The Gretch G6241 FT case fits according to a guy who posted a picture of it in the case. I did not verify this myself but the picture showed it fitting.

    I let the guitar come to room temp, checked the neck, loosened the strings and tightened the truss rod for a releif adjustment, no problem with the truss rod. (I always check this first on a new guitar because once I received a Jeff Beck Strat with the truss rod maxed out and had to return it.)
    Contrary to other reports the nut and saddles were fine. This guitar has the new "Secure" non-floating bridge, I like that, tuning and intonating a 12 string is hard enough with a fixed bridge. Only problem with intonation is that I ran out of adjustment on the B and G saddles, not a big problem because I can reverse the saddles on the next string change and fix that. With those saddles against the aft stop those strings were just a little sharp at the 12th fret.
    After I got it all set up and played a while I am convinced I can lower the action at the bridge and have a very fine action guitar. The neck and frets are great. The pickups sound good, no problems with any of the vol pots or the tone pot (guess I got lucky). I would have lowered the action and flipped the saddles right away but tuning and intonating this thing takes 20 minutes of work so it will be put off till I change strings. I wrote to Gretsch/Fender and asked them what strings come with the guitar they answered right away and said they are D'Addario 12 string .010-.046 so I ordered D'Addario EXL 150 12 string sets and some La Bella LAB 20P-12 Flat Wound's because everyone says flat wound are best on a 12 String. I love the guitar it's not a Rickenbacker and doesn't cost half as much, but at this price every elctric guy can have a good 12 string available for those songs that need it. It's a very nice sound and almost as easy to play as a 6 string. If you are looking for a very nice low to medium price 12 string electric this is it.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet 12 String

    By Paulo

    from Long Island, New York

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy to play
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar:

      Bought this 12 string as an open box purchase. Arrived securely boxed and in MINT condition. I've been playing it for about a week now. Very comfortable guitar to play. Nice thin neck and in my case no set-up was necessary. Beautiful finish. Very happy with this instrument. If your considering it, not bad for the price. Especially if its reduced. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exceeded my expectations

      By Marty

      from Connecticut

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • The 60's Jangle

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar:

        What strikes me most is the ease of play. The neck plays like that of a six string possessing a nice low action. Seems to remain in tune as well. This Gretsch is a nice way to spice up your collection. A unique sound at an affordable price.

        Well Done!

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Jangle all the way

        By GARY

        from Bonney Lake, WA

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar:

        Our classic rock group has been doing more tunes where a 12 string electric is needed. I looked at the Dean Boca, Ibanez Artcore, Danelectro, the Italia and the Gretsch 5422. There wasn't much debate when it came to which gave the best overall jangle per dollar (the Blacktop pickups are great for 12 strings). Not a small guitar it still is comfortable and finished very well. I polished the nut and saddles to remove any burs (very few were present, put a fresh set of strings on it (Elixir Nano)and adjusted the action to suit my particular taste (surprisingly low action for a 12 string). I did turn the G string saddle around to get more room to adjust for intonation (spot on now), the neck didn't need any adjustment. I take the time to do all these things with any guitar I purchase so none of this was unusual to do. I own Custom House Gibson's, PRS Maryland made, and Taylor guitars - I am used to well put together instruments. This Gretsch did not disappoint. Yes it has a poly finish and not hand done lacquer, but it looks great, sounds beautiful and plays well. It is a great example of Korean craftsmanship. Truly great value for the price.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome guitar

        By Tim

        from Williamsburg, VA

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar:

        Since purchasing my 5422-12 about a year ago, it is the guitar that is always with me for every practice or church service. It is easy to play, fast for a 12 string, tuning is more stable than any other guitar I have, and when paired with my Fender Super Champ, I can cover about 80% of the music I need to play. Works great with my VFE Blues King pedal for a bit of overdrive, and works well with reverb, chorus and delay, never losing that distinctive Gretsch sound. This guitar put my Dean Boca out to pasture. Very happy with this guitar, it will be a crucial part of my gear for many years to come, recommend it to anyone wanting a 12 string that is user friendly, both playing and on the pocketbook.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great 12 String Guitar

        By jaybird

        from okc

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Beautiful finish
        • Easy To Fingerpick
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Low action
        • Robust Full Tonal Sound
        • Setup Was Already Done
        • Solid Electronics
        • Stays in tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar:

          This baby is a keeper all around. All my guitar buddies love this guitar.

          (26 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          a swing...and a miss.

          By I.Play.Music

          from Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • It looks nice

          Cons

          • Nut Slots Cut Incorrecty
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
          • Pots Onoff No Middle
          • Set Up Mandatory

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar:

          This is NOT the guitar for you if:

          you want a 12 string out of the box with acceptable intonation, proper string gauge, correct nut spacing, and proper string saddles.

          out of the box, this guitar is unplayable. a floating bride on a 12 string makes me question the reasoning of Gretsch's R&D personnel.

          The actual saddles that the strings are placed in are not tooled properly. (At least not on the guitar I received) The strings actually sit atop the saddles and in the bass register do not sit within the grooves. Out of the box, the string saddles will need to be retooled. This operation is outside the scope of most players, and more the job of a skilled luthier.

          The nut is made of plastic material. This by itself is not a deal breaker, but the spacing of the strings and the depth of the grooves in which the strings sit is very high and creates a very high action even in the first position. The correction of the nut would be another expense for an aftermarket modification should a customer choose to keep the instrument.

          I am considering sending this guitar back as correction of these design issues require additional operations that are mandatory for #1 correct intonation, and #2 reduce frequency of string breakage. #3. Instrument playability.

          Lastly, the up front cost appears low, but Musicians Friend price for a hollowbody with no case, no gig bag, improperly tooled hardware, a nut that was cut improperly, and pots that are either ON or OFF and no in between is further insult to injury. Read your warranty card carefully. it would be funny if it didn't involve a purchase you made.

          With the guitar out of the box, and tuned to pitch, if a player wants to execute chords above the fifth fret, there will be faulty intonation, this rendering the guitar all but useless for anyone wanting to perform more ambitious music beyond first position chords.

          This guitar is the Gretsch company's offering for an affordable alternative to Gibson's recent Les Paul Traditional 12 string, as well as 2013's ES335s 12 string. This guitar has Gibson dwarfed by way of affordability on paper, but does nothing impressive by way of build quality.

          i really wanted to like this guitar. i really did. but after spending the bread I could afford, I have to say that this guitar is not worth the time, or money at any price. While Gretsch did make some great guitars years ago, their current line of affordable guitars doesn't cut it. Yes, the guitars look good, but for players who need a reliable guitar for work or jamming, this isn't one of them.

          Would I recommend this guitar to a friend? no way.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Guitar for the Price

          By Artmaker

          from Tampa, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Great Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar:

            Great setup made it playable right out of the box. Holds tuning very well. The action rivals a more expensive 6 string......very versatile instrument.
            I do have to agree with the other reviews however. The tone pots might as well be non-existent. A full sweep reveals very little response. Be prepared to make tone adjustments at the amp.
            Other than this noticeable flaw it still is a great value for the money and I recommend it.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Plays like butter!

            By GerryT

            from New York City

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Playablility

            Cons

            • The Tone Pots Are Weak

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar:

            I would absolutely concur with the review from Richie in Howard Beach. The guitar is beautiful and plays amazing. The action, the intonation are great and it stays in tune. The pots leave a lot to be desired. They do not sweep evenly. You turn and turn and then just before it locks, the sound changes a lot! Other than that, very happy with the guitar. I sounds great and plays great.

            (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A Diamond in the Rough

            By Richie D

            from Howard Beach, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Plays like a dream

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5422DC-12 Electromatic 12-String Hollowbody Guitar:

              I have onwed a few 12 String Acoustics in my time but never an Electric 12 String. After seeing Mike Nesmith of the Monkees play one during their last tour I decided I HAD to have one. When the G5422DC arrived I was (and still am) very impressed. It stays in tune, the intonation was right on and it sounds great. The action is as good as any 6 string and you can play lead and bend strings on it. The Volume and Tone pots could be more versatile. They are basically on or off. They don't offer much in the way of adjusting. Having said that, I still recommend this guitar to anyone who has an interest in solid 12 String electric with that 60's jamgle vibe.

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