Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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When the Gretsch R&D team recently unearthed a Baldwin-era Filter'Tron pickup with knockout punch and phenomenal twang, they incorporated its DNA into dynamic new "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups, ... Click To Read More About This Product

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When the Gretsch R&D team recently unearthed a Baldwin-era Filter'Tron pickup with knockout punch and phenomenal twang, they incorporated its DNA into dynamic new "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups, which now endow Electromatic hollow-body instruments such as the G5422T with an electrifying new voice and identity.

The G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar comes in a factory special run finish. It's a sharp Gretsch guitar with a bound double-cutaway hollow body 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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  • FSR finish
  • 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
  • Bigsby-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece
  • Vintage-style open-back tuners
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

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Great bang for the buck

By Robert

from Lowell, MA

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Great value for the money, although there were a few issues. The nut was too high, which created some intonation problems. And the bridge wasn't positioned exactly where it should have been, which caused the pole pieces and strings to be unaligned a bit. I had my guitar guy fix the nut problem and throw a p90 in the neck position. The pole piece misalignment turned out not to effect the string to string output at all. The mis-alignment affected the lower strings more - especially the low E. Interestingly, I had to lower the pole pieces for that string anyway to match the output of the others. Also, the high end drops off very dramatically when the volume knobs are turned down - I plan on fixing this with a cap(s). After all the work was done (except the caps), this guitar is fantastic. I can get mellow, jazzy, bluesy tones with the p90 (the original filtertron was a bit high-mid-rangey and jangly for this position, IMO). The p90 really shines when arpeggiating; the notes just sing. When overdriven, the p90 sounds gorgeous, beefy, but tight, with nice string definition. The bridge filtertron is great. When played clean with the reverb turned up, it's surf heaven, twangy as anything out there. When the filtertron is overdriven, it's smooth and mid-rangey, reminiscent of a Les Paul with a Dimarzio Super Distortion PU. Fantastic rock sound for soloing or chords. With both pickups engaged, the clean sound is very good - nice rounded top end, but with some twang; rich low end. Great for strumming country, rock, etc. Put a little slap-back on it and it's a rockabilly machine. When overdriven with both pickups on, it yields an interesting sound - rockin', twangy, nice and warm, but with a tight low end. The finish is excellent, the neck and fretboard are perfect. This guitar is the most versatile guitar I have ever played. It has personality, but somehow seems perfectly natural while many playing styles and genres. So, with a minor investment you can get your Electromatic in tip-top shape. The alternative is to spend about 4 times the money and get the high end version. For me, it wasn't worth it. I'm extremely pleased with my Electromatic. P.S. I mentioned the high nut to a Guitar Center technician and he said that a high nut doesn?t affect intonation at all. I was astonished at his lack of fundamental guitar knowledge.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


A Must Have Instrument

By Marshall Advocate

from South of the Mason Dixon


  • Classic Gretsch Sound
  • Great tone
  • Light Weight


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  • Everything But Metal

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I bought mine when they first came out a couple of years ago. A quick setup by me to make it perfect and it has been one of my prime go-to guitars. Almost all guitars need a pro setup when they are new because manufacturers can't take the extra time to make them perfect during manufacture because time is money. They make them as good as they can through the manufacturing process.

I love the weight. These are not heavy like many of the American and Japanese made Gretsches. I can wear it all night. Plus the lighter weight gives them a very natural acoustic tone that carries through to the pickups.

The color is perfect. Gretsch Orange is too loud, but this amber looks like a faded vintage orange, so it's got the "right" look that will please any Gretsch fan. Sometimes I just keep it out on a stand in the studio so I can look at it. Yes, it's that nice.

The tone is very vintage Gretsch, though not as bassy as a COuntry Gentleman and not quite as punchy as the Setzer models. However the tone will never disappoint. To compensate for the lower output I often run it into a preamp before my rig just to give it the extra punch like the Setzer model pickups have and that gives it all I need to push my amp(s) dirty channel over the edge. When played through a clean rig it's hard to put it down. The tone is very good.

What's not so great? I don't know; I haven't found a negative yet. Other than I wish it did not say "Electromatic" on the headstock. Other than that this is as perfect a guitar as you will find. A classy, attractive, great sounding Gretsch hollowbody at a fraction of the cost of the Japanese and American models.

It's a must have.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Best Guitar Ever!

By Christopher

from Taunton, MA

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I recently bought this guitar and consider the best one I have ever owned. The quality is excellent, the sound amazing. Not only is it a very cool name, and an even cooler design...for the money, it was a great value. It;s a beauty and everyone I know wants to play it.

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