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Gretsch Electromatic G5222 5W 1x6 Tube Guitar Combo Amp   

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Tone-fully simple!

Five watts. Two tubes. Two inputs. Too cool! Designed by guitarists, the low-output, easy-to-record Electromatic G5222 guitar amp is ideal for small-room jam sessions and recording projects. Crank the amp's volume and adjust the guitar's controls for a variety of sounds. Not only does it spank, sparkle and growl, but the visual factor is undeniably Gretsch.

FEATURES
  • Wattage: 5 watts
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Speaker: One 6", 4 ohm Special Design driver with ceramic magnet
  • Channels: Two (High and Low Sensitivity)
  • Controls: Single volume control
  • Extension Jack: External speaker output
  • Inputs: High-gain and low-gain inputs
SPECIFICATIONS

Electromatic G5222 5W 1x6 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • Height: 11", (28 cm)
  • Width: 12", (31 cm)
  • Depth: 7.5", (19 cm)
  • Weight: 15 lbs., (7 kg)
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4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I got lucky with my Gretsh

Reading the reviews most sound like they are talking about a different amp then the Gretsch and I'm no different. My Gretsh is (if you can believe) has NO noise up to 11....Read complete review

Reading the reviews most sound like they are talking about a different amp then the Gretsch and I'm no different. My Gretsh is (if you can believe) has NO noise up to 11. its a fine sounding amp but has little to no overdrive with different guitars I tried. But, I do like it very much for practice because what you put in is what you get out. I did swap out the tubes to Groove tube.. there are so many types of them.. well I threw out the little boxes awhile ago so don't know where they were made etc. But I do know it went from a hard sound to a sweet sound that I like. guess there are plenty of mods for this amp to emulate the old fender champ. I'm not "wowed" over by the amp however its always a nice surprise when there is no noise to drive me crazy and have such a fine sound just wish it could be pushed into over drive without any help.. also, my Gretsch is loud. Wasn't expecting that and it doesn't cause blood to run out my ears.I'm going to try my friends cab with one 12' and see what happens this weekend. Its plenty worth the cost-but if all possible try one out with your favorite guitar. I do use it for practice about 3 hours early in the AM and 3 in the PM (someday I'll learn how to play) so it has payed for it self in my eyes because a couple of other low power amps I have tried developed problem. Forgot.. one of my guitars sounds really good with it, a Fender Jazzmaster The little 6 inch speaker accents the "scooped out sound" I have dialed in and it gets a little over drive. Am I wowed by this amp, no, would I buy another if this one explodes, Yes.I hate this expression . but.. "it is what it is" lastly, its built very sturdy and looks pretty cool

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DONT BUY!!!!!!

The tone is sooooo bad on this amp. with the volume half way(loud enough to hear it) it sounds like it has some AWEFUL type of overdrive pedal in front of it!...Read complete review

The tone is sooooo bad on this amp. with the volume half way(loud enough to hear it) it sounds like it has some AWEFUL type of overdrive pedal in front of it! the tube breakup is so quick and sooo AWEFUL sounding! Please Gretsch, just stick to making guitars!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Tube Tone

By Andy C

from Toronto ON

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Pros

  • All Tube
  • Looks
  • Portability

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Performance
    • Practice
    • Recording

    I gave this 5 stars, because this amp does everything it promises - simple, pure tube tone. For the price, it's a nice amplifier, and looks gorgeous! Most of the photos out there don't quite capture the deep yellow of the tweed.

    Tone is nice with both humbuckers and single coils. The 6" speaker can get a bit muddy on the low end. I hear differing accounts of where - or even if - there is any tube breakup. Around 10 o'clock, mine gets some crackle, and with the volume cranked, you can make it scream fairly well!

    This amp can go much further with a few easy mods, as well. The argument is, "If I have to mod it, why not buy a better amp?" It really depends. If you love simplicity in tone and design, and want something very portable, then why not make this unique little amp even more special? I swapped out the stock tubes (Sovtek 6V6 and Electro Harmonix 12ax7), changed the grill cloth (highly recommended) and put in an 8" Weber AlNiCo speaker. It has taken the amp to a whole new level, and held up against my drummer at jam.

    Mostly I use this amp for home practice and small solo gigs. If you want to hear it stock, I've got a video here.

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    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    not good stock, but with a few upgrades a good amp

    By musicfreak80

    from Athens, GA

    same as fender champ 600, has a crappy 6v6 made in china, russian 12ax7, crappy speaker, replaced speaker with a weber 7oz AlNiCo speaker, put a old RCA 6v6GT and a telefunken 12ax7 in and wow a good amp. you can get by with just changing the speaker and the 6v6, all current made 6v6's are crap, get a NOS or a used tested tube. but for about $85 dollars more you can make it a good little amp with great tones for recording

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    sounds good

    By metalhed22

    from in a house

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    Well, I got this amp to play just jazz stuff on because my 75 watt line6 wasn't the best for that sort of thing. It sounds great for jazz, very warm and thick, but if you set your guitar up right it can be dark and mellow too. But I was surprised by the versatility--if turn the volume up, you can get a pretty sweet blues tone, but that's the problem! I can't play jazz at a loud volume because it comes out distorted! But the 2 input jacks even it out though. The extra one is a cool little bonus if you want to jam with friends but you've only got one amp. This amp is very portable and the great thing for me is the simplicity! I'm telling you I can't get over it 1 knob! I'm used to messing around with solid states for up to 30 minutes before I get the tone I want. But this takes no screwing around. Overall it's a great buy--portable, has great tone, and simple.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I got lucky with my Gretsh

    By paul

    from Plymouth Ma.

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Clean Sound No Noise

    Cons

    • Not Much Overdrive

    Best Uses

    • Practice Small Gigs Recor

    Reading the reviews most sound like they are talking about a different amp then the Gretsch and I'm no different. My Gretsh is (if you can believe) has NO noise up to 11. its a fine sounding amp but has little to no overdrive with different guitars I tried. But, I do like it very much for practice because what you put in is what you get out. I did swap out the tubes to Groove tube.. there are so many types of them.. well I threw out the little boxes awhile ago so don't know where they were made etc. But I do know it went from a hard sound to a sweet sound that I like. guess there are plenty of mods for this amp to emulate the old fender champ. I'm not "wowed" over by the amp however its always a nice surprise when there is no noise to drive me crazy and have such a fine sound just wish it could be pushed into over drive without any help.. also, my Gretsch is loud. Wasn't expecting that and it doesn't cause blood to run out my ears.I'm going to try my friends cab with one 12' and see what happens this weekend. Its plenty worth the cost-but if all possible try one out with your favorite guitar. I do use it for practice about 3 hours early in the AM and 3 in the PM (someday I'll learn how to play) so it has payed for it self in my eyes because a couple of other low power amps I have tried developed problem. Forgot.. one of my guitars sounds really good with it, a Fender Jazzmaster The little 6 inch speaker accents the "scooped out sound" I have dialed in and it gets a little over drive. Am I wowed by this amp, no, would I buy another if this one explodes, Yes.I hate this expression . but.. "it is what it is" lastly, its built very sturdy and looks pretty cool

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    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    DONT BUY!!!!!!

    By Unitedguitarist

    from Undisclosed

    The tone is sooooo bad on this amp. with the volume half way(loud enough to hear it) it sounds like it has some AWEFUL type of overdrive pedal in front of it! the tube breakup is so quick and sooo AWEFUL sounding! Please Gretsch, just stick to making guitars!

     
    5.0

    gets the job done

    By nopicksplease

    from in the u.s.

    My friends an I jam together on a regular basis. Most of the time we use our acoustics because we don't feel like lugging our 40 pound amps everywhere (especially if we're outside by the swimming pool). I decided to take a chance on a travel amp, the solid state amps couldn't make my tele sound as good as my fender tube amp, so I picked this one up and have enjoyed it as much as the person plugged in with me. My only disappointment is that it has no features other than volume, so if you need verb or some distortion-you need to get some pedals.

     
    5.0

    very reliable amp

    By lokivip

    from MA

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    the quality on this amp is very good, well made, very solid amp so i gave it a 5 out of 5. The value for this amp is good too, i know the fender champ is around $150 but i personally dint care for the sound as much as this gretsch and it also wasn't as solid as the g5222, so i would pay the extra $50 (of course sound is a personal choice). Now your probably wondering why i gave this amp a 5 out of 5 for its features even though it only has one volume control, but the reason is because its so simple to use (no stress) and thats what i was looking for. Ive also read some other reviews saying the amp when the volume is turned up all the way has no distortion, this is true but it does have great sound that is nice and warm. not only that but i love the look of the amp and that was another reason why i say its an overall great amp. but before you buy any amp remember that it is all personal choice so i recommend that you look up some videos on youtube to see if you personally like the sound of the amp.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Layla

    By LesPaul&StratLover

    from Los Angeles

    That one word - Layla - describes it. It has a well-defined, if slightly boxey clean sound with nice high end. Overdrive is terrible and shrill because the speaker is too small. I plugged it into my Marshall 1960BV cabinet with a TS9 and it sounds like 70's Eric Clapton. Awesome classic rock sounds for the money.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Basic tone

    By Southern Hawk

    from CT

    See all my reviews

    This amp is great for a basic tube tone. For classic rock sounds, blues, or vintage sounds this amp can really deliver. There are few features...but these can be added through effects units or mods. I use this amp with a DD-3 Delay or SD-1 Overdrive and it is really amazing. You can also disconnect (1/4" cable) the tiny speaker and run it into a bigger cab and produce some overwhelming, dirty tone that way.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A little beast ready to be unveiled

    By Serban Dragosloveanu

    from Bucharest

    See all my reviews

    hi.i bought this amp from my gretsch dealer in Bucharest.i liked the nice distorsion.i crancked up after 7-8vol.since then i made some mods including the 5E1 spec and 5E1 feedback circuit.i replaced the ceramic speaker with a weber alnico and moved the baffle a little to the left for tube clearence!the grill cloth it`s now a little excentric but it`s ok.i also gave it a nitro paint!the electroharmonix tubes are nice.what i got in return it`s a louder amp that breaks earlier,around 4-5.it has a lot more bass and middle.the ceramic it was too crisp,now the sound it`s more round.i have a fender custom 57 tweed also,and the sound it`s not the same,but it`s like a modern tweed with a fuzzier voice.it`s a nice addition to my collection.in the future i should change the cloth also to a potato type.:)after the mods you loose the clean a little,but it`s worth it.so buy it!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great for the Price

    By Green Goblin

    from NY

    As people have already stated the Gretch is a great amp for the price. It has essentially the same circuit as the fender champ 600, and now is cheaper after fender raised the prices. My only complaint is that the amp gets muddy when you crank up the volume. This is remedied by swapping out the stock speaker for an after market one by Ted Weber. This speaker makes the highs sparkle, and really cleans up the low end. Perfect amp for apartment/shared house settings. I'd pick this amp over the similarly priced solid states because im of the opine that its better to get one great sound out of an amp, instead of many mediocre ones.

     
    5.0

    Great neighbour-friendly tube amp

    By Elvis2

    from Iceland

    I wanted a tube amp suitable for practicing with at home, I was initially going to buy a Fender Champion 600 but they werent available at the time, I bought this one instead and dont regret doing so, this is a really great amplifier.Ok, heres the deal, if you arent a good guitar player and you use a guitar that doesnt sound very good this amplifier will do nothing to hide those shortcomings, Line6 or Roland make amplifiers for those guitar players, this one is a tube amp with a really simple signal path, there is no onboard eq or reverb and it doesnt do high gain crunch unless you put some kind of distortion pedal in front of it.But what it does do is sound really great, using my Les Paul and no pedals and cranking the amp to the point where its just starting to break up I get a beautiful tone with just a hint of compression from the tubes, also the range of different sounds I get from this amplifier by merely switching between pickups and using the volume/tone knobs on the guitar is amazing.Im not too keen on the way this amplifier distorts at full volume but if I need distortion I will just use an overdrive pedal anyway, I havent gotten around to replacing the tubes yet but im sure it will sound even better with some new/old tubes.Until I bought this amp I had been using a Roland Microcube at home and while I like that amp for certain things there is no comparison between that amp and this one, the Microcube is just a toy, this is the real deal!

     
    5.0

    Simple and great

    By Pierre-ODzsC

    from Laval , Quebec, Canada

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    I bought this amp a month ago and it is great. I use it with my Gretsch 5120 and the sound is perfect. There is only one volume but the is really good. You get two imputs but i only use the high imput. When you bring your volume past the mid point, the amp start a nice distortion.To conclude it is a very good amp for the price and very easy to carry to gigs.

     
    4.0

    Great for what it is...

    By 66toSoCal

    from Mpls.. MN

    See all my reviews

    Tried this and it lost out to the Marshall 5 watter but twoce the price for that one so owuld not compare them head to head. I really liked this little amp. Maybe not such a usefull sound cranked up but sure has a sweet spot around 4 or so and for the price range it would be great. It looks awesome too, doesn't it? Might buy one just to say I did if I have extra spiff laying around some day.

    (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Get A Vox!

    By Rockabillybob

    from Missouri

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    Ordered one. ON/OFF switch was stuck on OFF. Sent it back. Will stick with my Vox Pathfinder 15R. End of story.

     
    5.0

    Wow...

    By Zach-isoc.

    from Lansing, MI

    I first played this amp in a local store, and I was in a bit of disbelief towards the fact that it sounded so good. I started looking around, and I found that I was not the only person that felt this way...just do a google search on the amp to find reviews. The amp has no hum, and it sounds great distorted, clean, and everything in between. It is simple and bare-bones, with one volume knob, and high-gain, low-gain inputs--all you have to do is flip it on and go. My only knock is that there isn't an onboard eq--but you can manipulate that through a pedal. I recently used it at a show in front of about 2,500 people, and it sounded phenomenal--of course, I had a mic on it, but I'm not complaining because it sounds like a full-size, stage tube-amp--for $200. I sold my regular stage amp, bought another one of these, and play them exclusively.Buy this amp...

     
    5.0

    Great Recording/Practice Amp

    By YayForGuitars

    from Washington, DC

    See all my reviews

    This is a great amp for practicing or recording. For live shows, I use either a '69 Bassman or '90s Ampeg VL-102 (and have run through other tube amps). This is a simple unit that does its job well. Clean, nice mellow character, no noise, takes effects well, an lets you use various guitars/tone settings to shape you sound (not everything sounds the same through it). Very responsive, e.g., to the difference between single coil and humbuckers. Good to have around if you need something small for home, are just getting started, or want something for recording.

     
    4.0

    Tons of Tone in a Little Box

    By OutLoudHeyHey

    from Vermont, USA

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    I was pleasantly surprised by this little amp when I tried it at a store. It's got a real sweet and warm tube tone and it's got plenty of volume on tap. I was surprised to find I didn't need to go much more than a third of the way up. I had a Washburn HB30 plugged in, and with no EQ on or in front of it, it sounded alright, if a little flat. I ran it through a demo chain of Boss effects (particularly their equalizer pedal), and boosted the top end and then it came to life. It had a lot of sparkle and chime. If I had the money to spare for a practice amp, I'd certainly consider this one.

     
    5.0

    Simple, but great

    By Random Hero

    from Eden Prairie, MN

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    This amp is basically a fender 600 champion with the kinks worked out. The amp sounds great and has a very classic clean sound until 1/3 or so of the way up when it starts developing a nice crunch. The Fender required you to crank the darn thing to get a crunchy sound. The Gretsch is loud enough to play small gigs with, though it's really more of a practice and recording amp. It is very responsive in playing, much moreso than the Fender 600 or Epi Valve Jr. I use one of these when giving lessons; the unrivaled portability and 2 inputs make it perfect. You won't be disappointed with this amp.

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