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Gretsch Guitars G5623 Electromatic Center-Block Bono (RED) Signature Model Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case

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Gretsch and Bono join forces once again for a new signature guitar model bearing the special (RED) logo adorning the pickguard and truss rod cover to bring awareness of Bono's support of Product Red and their humanitarian efforts in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

The double-cutaway G5623 Electromatic Center-Block (RED) Bono Signature Model puts Bonos personalized stamp on Gretsch's new thinline spruce center-block design, which delivers high gain-friendly tone and greater control over the kind of feedback players want.

Other premium features include a bound arched maple top with bound sound holes, maple sides and arched back (also bound), maple neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays, dual Black Top FilterTron pickups with three-position toggle switching and master volume and tone controls, anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge with G-cutout tailpiece, Grover deluxe tuners, and chrome hardware. Includes deluxe thinline case.

"The (GRETSCH) RED guitar is a guitarist' dream," said Bono, co-founder of (RED). "And the reality is that every time someone buys one, it' raising money to fight AIDS. That money can buy life-saving medicine for pregnant mothers living with HIV, and prevent their babies being born with the virus. They'e the same pills that will help deliver an AIDS Free Generation."

Since it was founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006, (RED) has generated more than $275 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 55 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

FEATURES

Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Maple Laminated
  • Body wood: Maple Laminated
  • Body finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Not specified
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.6"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss Urethane
Fretboard
  • Material: Ebony
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Thumbnail
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Black Top Filter'Tron
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Black Top Filter'Tron
  • Brand: Gretsch
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Adjusto-matic
  • Tailpiece: Trapeze
  • Tuning machines: Grover
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Signature model
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Korea
Pro Coverage
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 GuitarsG5623 Electromatic Center-Block Bono (RED) Signature Model Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case
 
4.3

(based on 6 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

A good guitar with a major flaw

By Guitar Critic

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5623 Electromatic Center-Block Bono (RED) Signature Model Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case:

This is my first Gretch guitar. Overall it is a good guitar, but the one I got has a major flaw with the volume pot. A small change in the volume (from 10 to 9) makes a very drastic drop in volume (at least 60% drop in volume). This means that you can use this guitar only when the volume is all the way up. This makes the guitar useless for professional stage and live use, and very limited for studio use. The volume pot works basically as a kill switch. This is not acceptable for a guitar even at half its price range. I have seen reviews from other sites complaining about flat sound from the pick ups. The bad volume pot may have been the issue.

Aside from the major flaw with the volume pot, I did not notice any other issues. The guitar plays very well with no fret buzz. The pickups are more on the bright side, but you can get some Jazz sounds out of it. It comes with Grover tuners which are awesome. It has a very nice hard shell case.

I am not sure if I am going to keep it and change the pot or return it at this point.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Might have to get 2!!

By Capt. Morgan 69

from Jacksonville Florida

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5623 Electromatic Center-Block Bono (RED) Signature Model Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case:

I don't know if it can be beat when you take the price point and contrast with the product. Craftsmanship and detail are way more than its entry level price. This guitars resonance is amazing and it as loud acoustically as my electromatic hollow body. The pickups are the obvious weak point, but I'll be replacing those with TV Jones. I'll still come in way under a thousand bucks and it came with a hard case. I'll bet it'll play and sound as good as those Japanese built guitars that cost 3 grand!!

 
4.0

Beautiful guitar. Great sounds from pickups in any setting.

By Greatfull Fred

from Watkinsville,Ga.

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5623 Electromatic Center-Block Bono (RED) Signature Model Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case:

    Use at home. My friends who are great players love this baby. Fit and finish is awesome.

     
    5.0

    Love it, happy father's day to me!

    By Robert

    from Seguin 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 G5623 Electromatic Center-Block Bono (RED) Signature Model Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case:

        I've been wanting this guitar since Bono gave one to Jimmy Fallon - I finally got mine and I'm not disappointed in the least. She feels good, sounds good and everyone agrees she looks good.

         
        5.0

        A fun guitar!

        By Fred Jones

        from Fuulerton, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5623 Electromatic Center-Block Bono (RED) Signature Model Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case:

          Just picked up mine at GC today, wow I an very pleased. Looks great, plays great, sounds great. Get one while they are on sale!

           
          5.0

          Worthy Purchase

          By fantom menace

          from Dallas, TX

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          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5623 Electromatic Center-Block Bono (RED) Signature Model Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case:

          Simple "hot rod" type controls. Pick up Switch, Master Volume and Master Tone.
          Excellent Gretsch for the price!

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