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Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar Burgundy

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Buckle up boys and girls, because this CVT will take you on a ride to the wild side of Gretsch guitars. Mega'Tron pickups howl at the wind, and the ultra slim design means you can take this baby on th... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Buckle up boys and girls, because this CVT will take you on a ride to the wild side of Gretsch guitars. Mega'Tron pickups howl at the wind, and the ultra slim design means you can take this baby on the go! Made in response to the numerous electric guitar players who have requested a contemporary version of this short-lived model from the 1960s, the G5135 Electromatic CVT guitar combines modern features with retro styling into one instrument that is truly built for speed.

The ultraslim, solid mahogany body is lightweight and easy to shoulder, without sacrificing the unique, biting tonal properties for which mahogany is known. Additional features include a set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and 22 frets, adjustable truss rod, an anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge and Bigsby B50 tailpiece, dot position markers, pearloid headstock inlays, black pickguard, chrome plated hardware, vintage style tuners and G-Arrow knobs.

Case sold separately.


  • Solid mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck (24.6" scale)
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Bone nut (1-11/16" wide)
  • Vintage style machine heads
  • Dual Mega'Tron pickups
  • #1tone pot control setup
  • G-arrow knobs
  • Anchored Adjusto-matic bridge
  • Bigsby B50 vibrato tailpiece
  • Gretsch knurled strap knobs
  • Chrome hardware
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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

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(77 of 82 customers found this review helpful)


Great little slim guitar!!!

By guitarcookie

from Massachusetts

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

This is a terrific guitar for the price. It's got a very slim body that feels like an SG, and light as a feather, even though it's solid mohagany. The neck plays comfortably and frets are wide enough for my over-sized fingers. The humbucker pickups are awesome: very active, clear and punchy. The Bigbsy vibrato works like a charm. I've had no problems with the strings going out of tune. This is a great little guitar. Very versatile and just a lot of fun to play. It's got a shape and vibe like no other guitar out there, and definitely attracts attention. Get one. You won't regret it!

(53 of 57 customers found this review helpful)



By guitarman1

from Malibou, CA

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

I used to use an Epiphone Les Paul but it was so heavy. I had dropped it at least 6 times. This guitar is alot more comfortable and light as a feather but still has a great sound to it. This is without a doubt my best guitar purchase ever.

(44 of 47 customers found this review helpful)


Can't be beat for the price

By Terry Brooks

from Houston, Texas

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

This thing sounds amazing, the action is perfect and it plays so easily..I played an original Corvette back in the 70's and this one plays just as well plus it sounds even better...You won't regret getting one of these for your collection no matter what your price range...It looks like a much more expensive guitar.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Great sound

By Dustin Vincent

from Port Neches, TX

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

The Gretsch Electromatic is my 6th guitar, and is perhaps now my favorite. Overall light weight, and the neck feels natural in hand. The finished mahogany neck inhibits ultra fast shredding, and the Bigsby tremelo will bend the strings slightly out of tune if frequently used. The MegaTron pickups sound amazing when playing blues and classic rock songs with rich warm tones. Add a little distortion and it still sounds clear and warm. However, crank up the distortion and the sound gets a bit muddy, so metal heads beware. I replaced the strings not too long ago and the Bigsby really makes things frustrating with the use of short hooks to hold the string ends in place. The bottom line: Great guitar if you're looking for a clean/lightly distorted blues sound. String replacement is frustrating, and leaves something to be desired in the heavy distortion department.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


A great deal on a versatile guitar

By Guitar Fan

from Flushing, MI

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

'Got this guitar as a birthday gift last June after comparing it to Epiphone SG, Fender Strat and Ibanez ARX 320 guitars in the same price range. Price at Flint, MI Guitar Center was nearly half the amount listed on GC website. Guitar has great tone, plays easily with a low action and the Bigsby came standard! It was either unavailable or extra cost on other guitars. Very pleased overall with the light weight, playability and unique looks of this great guitar!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Gretsch G5135 Corvette

By Glenn Baker

from Chillicothe, MO

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

Well made from the start, a pair of terrific MegaTron pickups sound very pro, short playing scale and a light weight body says it is the cat's meow to play. Bigsy will hold tune provided that you don't get to deep into our bends, finish is A#1, top notch all the way thru. Try one, you won't be sorry. I used to look at these Corvettes and think what a silly looking guitar, but I sure changed my mind when I strapped one one and listened to the MegaTrons take charge. I was sold then and still sold. It has that great Gretsch sound that cannot be duplicated.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Sub $1000 Perfection

By Shawn Stevens

from Freehold NJ

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

This guitar is amazing looking and plays just as well. The sound gives me the rockabilly I am looking for yet has the awesome classic rock sound we all yearn for. The finish it perfect and I mean perfect and the fret work is outstanding. No need to setup the guitar (I do my own) out of the box for most people but even with that, the setup was pretty much on target so I did 5 minutes worth of adjusting. The intonation is right on as well! Great job Gretsch!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome sound, good price, plays well!

By Danny Walker

from Wellington, New Zealand

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

Bought my CVT a few years back and it has become my go-to guitar for pretty much everything. It's super comfortable, light with an awesome gretschy sound. The default pickups are very good, giving earthy grunts when you want them, but also capable of an excellent jangly clean sound too. The hardware quality is good for a guitar at this price range. It's ageing well so far, with few signs of age. I do recommend getting a quality hard case for it (doesn't come with one) Gretsch aren't particularly well known for their solid bodies, but if this is a typical example, they really should be. If this is your first guitar, it'll be an excellent starter instrument. And if it's not your first, don't hesitate in adding this awesome guitar to you arsenal. Dan

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