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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

    True tube sound at this price? You bet. Order now.

     

    Electromatic G5222 5W 1x6 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

    • Height: 11", (28 cm)
    • Width: 12", (31 cm)
    • Depth: 7.5", (19 cm)
    • Weight: 15 lbs., (7 kg)
    • Tubes: Tube preamp and tube power amp (one 12AX7 tube; one 6V6 tube)
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    4.2

    (based on 18 reviews)

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    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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    4.0

    I got lucky with my Gretsh

    By paul

    from Plymouth Ma.

    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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    5.0

    A little beast ready to be unveiled

    By Serban Dragosloveanu

    from Bucharest

    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!

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    5.0

    Great Recording/Practice Amp

    By LoveThatJag

    from Washington, DC

    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.

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    5.0

    very reliable amp

    By lokivip

    from MA

    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.

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    2.0

    Get A Vox!

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

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    4.0

    Great for what it is...

    By 66toSoCal

    from Mpls.. MN

    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.

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    5.0

    Simple and great

    By Pierre-ODzsC

    from Laval , Quebec, Canada

    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.

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    5.0

    sounds good

    By metalhed22

    from in a house

    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.

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    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

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    4.0

    Great for the Price

    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.

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