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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, ... Read More

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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 G5420T with an electrifying new voice and identity.

The G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body is a sharp new Gretsch guitar with a bound single-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, gold 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 gold-plated hardware.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Hollow body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Maple laminated
  • Body wood: Maple laminated
  • Body finish: Gloss polyurethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Shape: Info not available
  • Wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Finish: Gloss polyurethane
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Hump-block
  • 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: Parallel
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master volume, master tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby B60
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style open-back
  • Color: Gold
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body and neck binding
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Korea
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Gretsch GuitarsG5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Classy Hollowbody

I am a pastor, and I play this guitar in church. I've had it for about 6 months now, so the rush of a new guitar is gone, and I can give an...Read complete review

I am a pastor, and I play this guitar in church. I've had it for about 6 months now, so the rush of a new guitar is gone, and I can give an uncolored review. First of all, I know that loving the look of a guitar is subjective, I can say that every time I play this guitar I get comments on how great it looks. Now on the the important part: The Black Top FilterTrons really give this guitar that little bit of Gretsch twang. I had the G5120, and liked it, but it lacked the classic Gretsch twang. Once I heard the Black Top Filtertrons on this guitar definitely made the G5120 expendable. I didn't want to be overcome by this guitar, so I played a few of hollowbodies at the GC in Cool Springs, TN. One in particular had serious feedback issues, where this Gretsch did not have that problem at all. I understand this has to due with the overall resonance of the guitar, but this Gretsch sounds full without the feedback problem. Other important factors are that the bridge on this guitar is pinned, so it is less prone having the bridge buzz (as happened with some G5120's), the neck is comfortable and smooth, the binding on the top and bottom of the body, f-holes, and neck is a nice ivory color and looks good against the white finish. Lastly, the Bigsby vibrato is not something I need for what I play in the church, but it's a nice touch when I'm just playing for me around the house. Overall, the look, the feel, and the sound of this guitar is excellent. For the price, you can't go wrong, but get it fast, because this white one is not one of the standard offers in the G5420 lineup, so it will soon be gone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but odd buzz -- no offer to fix.

Came in yesterday and played this for awhile. Almost walked out with it except I noticed a buzz coming from the rhythm pickup. When I pointed this out to the kid that worked there...Read complete review

Came in yesterday and played this for awhile. Almost walked out with it except I noticed a buzz coming from the rhythm pickup. When I pointed this out to the kid that worked there he said it was the guitar's "resonance." Well, I've been playing 32 years, and I think I know a buzz when I hear one. If you press on the top of the p/u the buzz will abate. The guitar tech was working 15 feet away from this conversation, but there was no offer to fix the buzz or even have the tech look at it. Otherwise I would give this 4 stars.

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5.0

Absolutely awsome guitar!

By Paul

from Temple, TX.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Buttery Smooth Neck
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Warm Jazz Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I play in a country band and some of the more traditional country music that we play sounds absolutely fantastic on this guitar!! We jazz up some of the older songs such as Kansas City, and this guitar really does shine!!! The buttery smooth tone and the warmth and fullness of the sound is absolutely astounding. I had never played a Gretsch guitar before, now I wonder how I got along without it!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gretsch G5420T

    By Big Dave / Jazzman

    from Richmond Va

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful bound F-Holes
    • Bigsby use stays in tune
    • Fun To Play
    • Gold Hardware is stunning on the White Color
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Build and finish
    • Great Gretsch Value
    • Great neck
    • Has the Gretsch TWANG
    • LOVELY IN THE SNOW WHITE COLOR
    • Pick ups are great and spanky for not being TV J
    • Pinned Bridge is great
    • Solid Construction
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • NO Cons

    Best Uses

    • Impressive Cool Vibe
    • Jamming
    • No Harsh feedback
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rockabilly,Rock & Jazz
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues
    • very versitile

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    My first Gretsch, and IMO the best value on Gretsch guitars ,ever !! Totally stunning in White with gold hardware.That Gretsch twang and spanky sound at this price point is incredible. Neck is wonderful and easy to play. Will switch strings to either 11s or flat rounds to get creamier sound.Thought I would have to put TV Jones pick ups on , but not necessary,these Filtertrons are great.and very hot. Master volume tone circuit is great.Too bad ,no case comes with it,but did get one at great discount and has GRETSCH imprinted , fits like a glove.Got a great deal at GC with coupon, best price in the country. I am basically a Fender and Gibson guy, but this ax is in a class by itself.I just sit and stair at it all the time. To me sounds as good as more expensive Gretsches.Can not say anything negative ,here ,this beast ROCKS big time. White ones ,hard to find and I got lucky ;but the Fairlane Blue and Orange are gorgeous also., Aspen green also looks great.Get one , you will be happy !

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Factory defect?

    By Rob the hammer

    from Lewes, DE

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar brand new from a dealer. They checked it out and set it up before it left the store. After I got it home, I used it unplugged for about 8 weeks since it has a great acoustic sound. When I went to plug it in, nothing! I peered into it with a flashlight and everything appears to be connected properly but no sound. I've never had this happen before not even with a cheap Squire guitar. Now I have to contact warranty repair and have it fixed. I'm not happy about that.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice axe

        By Rik

        from Coral Springs fl

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            Very flashy guitar, good for gigs. Plays nicely. Not my main axe so it shouldn't get too much wear and tear. It might not hold up long term but it's good for my purposes. Did I mention it's cool looking.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar

            By Strummin' along

            from Polkton, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Don't like way it fits in the case that was sold

            Best Uses

            • Church
            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            I thoroughly enjoy this guitar. I've had my eye on it for about a year and finally got it for my birthday. It has a great sound. Stays in tune! It is one of the best guitars I've had.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Don't let the price fool you, Exceptional value!!!

            By Dave

            from Pa

            About Me Experienced

            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:

                Incredible tone, Incredible looks @ an incredible value. All I can say is wow!!!

                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Good but not worth the money

                By gage

                from nashville,tn

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz
                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                I use this guitar to write and demo songs.

                The guitar looks absolutely awesome. It feels awesome, once you get it set up. The stock pickups aren't really that bad. I like the way it sounds running through a Fender Twin Reverb.

                The only problem that I have with mine is, I can't get it to stay in tune. The nut that comes with it is just some shot piece of plastic. The tuning machines are really cheap as well. It took replacing both of those things to make it really come alive.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great right out of the box!

                By Hause

                from Marietta, GA

                Pros

                • Easy to play
                • Fantastic Sounding
                • Flawless Finish
                • Well built

                Cons

                • none so far

                Best Uses

                • All But Metal

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                I bought one of these brand new from the store. I took it home and unboxed it and it was flawless from top to bottom. The pictures do not show very well, but it has a binding on front and back of the body that are a milky white color that make it look even better. I just so happened to have band rehearsal the same night, so i plugged it in and tried it out. I ended up playing it the entire night, with the strings and set up it came with. It sounded amazing (through my AC15) and felt so easy to play. I own a les paul standard and two teles, and this thing is right up there with the les paul in build quality. I just couldn't get over how solid it felt (i was expecting less being it was a hollowbody). So far I am super pleased with the purchase and the white on gold looks absolutely beautiful. I was expecting a lot of feedback issues at rehearsal, but it was minimal even with my tubescreamer cranked.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Classy Hollowbody

                By Robert

                from Clarksville, TN

                Site Member

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                I am a pastor, and I play this guitar in church. I've had it for about 6 months now, so the rush of a new guitar is gone, and I can give an uncolored review. First of all, I know that loving the look of a guitar is subjective, I can say that every time I play this guitar I get comments on how great it looks. Now on the the important part: The Black Top FilterTrons really give this guitar that little bit of Gretsch twang. I had the G5120, and liked it, but it lacked the classic Gretsch twang. Once I heard the Black Top Filtertrons on this guitar definitely made the G5120 expendable. I didn't want to be overcome by this guitar, so I played a few of hollowbodies at the GC in Cool Springs, TN. One in particular had serious feedback issues, where this Gretsch did not have that problem at all. I understand this has to due with the overall resonance of the guitar, but this Gretsch sounds full without the feedback problem. Other important factors are that the bridge on this guitar is pinned, so it is less prone having the bridge buzz (as happened with some G5120's), the neck is comfortable and smooth, the binding on the top and bottom of the body, f-holes, and neck is a nice ivory color and looks good against the white finish. Lastly, the Bigsby vibrato is not something I need for what I play in the church, but it's a nice touch when I'm just playing for me around the house. Overall, the look, the feel, and the sound of this guitar is excellent. For the price, you can't go wrong, but get it fast, because this white one is not one of the standard offers in the G5420 lineup, so it will soon be gone.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very Nice!

                By George

                from Ocala, FL

                Site Member

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                "Very nice" refers not only to this fine guitar, but also to GC and Gretsch customer service. The guitar is sweet, great action and pickups. Plays and sounds as good as it looks, and stays in tune even w Bigsby use. (I've been playing for some 50 years.) When I bought the guitar at GC Ocala, the gold toggle-switch tip was missing. It's been only about seven days now, and a new gold switch tip (along w the entire switch itself!) just arrived via FedEx from Gretsch (Fender) at no charge. This is outstanding customer service from both GC (thanks Jacob!) and Gretsch (Fender). I highly recommend this guitar, Jacob at GC Ocala, FL and Fender. A guitar this nice and customer service this good should be noticed and appreciated. Great stuff all around!

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