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Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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The Gretsch Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar is just plain cool! Features of the Electromatic include dual U.S. DeArmond 2000 single-coil pick...Click To Read More About This Product

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An updated classic that retains its vintage vibe.

The Gretsch Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar is just plain cool! Features of the Electromatic include dual U.S. DeArmond 2000 single-coil pickups, rosewood fingerboard with neoclassic "thumbnail" markers, anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge, and Bigsby-licensed vibrato tailpiece.

  • 24-1/2" (624mm)
  • Laminated maple neck
  • Parallel tone-bars with sound post
  • Laminated maple body, 16"W x 2-1/2"D
  • Laminated maple neck
  • 2 US DeArmond 2000 single-coil pickups
  • 3-position toggle
  • Neck pickup volume, bridge pickup volume, master tone, and master volume controls
  • 1-11/16" (43mm) nut width
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic gridge
  • Bigsby licensed B700 vibrato tailpiece
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Gloss urethane finish
  • 22 frets
  • Chrome-plated vintage style tuners
  • Neoclassic "thumbnail" inlay position markers
  • Black headstock overlay
  • Pearloid Gretsch and Electromatic headstock inlays
  • Bound fingerboard
  • Double bound body
  • Clear/black plexi pickguard
  • Knurled strap retainer knobs
  • Adjustable truss rod

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Most Liked Positive Review


Gotta great gretsch guys

I went looking for a hollowbody, and played several different brands in the store, not wanting to spend too much money, I was initially leaning toward Ibanez (got a couple of RGs hangin...Read complete review

I went looking for a hollowbody, and played several different brands in the store, not wanting to spend too much money, I was initially leaning toward Ibanez (got a couple of RGs hangin around the house that just plain shred, and two Fenders that I love as well (check out the new Showmaster, I bought one last week, and WOW). Anyway, I decided to spend a the extra bucks on the Gretsch...It came set up pretty good, but needed some minor tweaking. The neck is almost the same feel as the RG series... thin, fast, and smooth, with nice, low action...I love the Bigsby too (remember,this is a blues and jazz guitar (don't expect the trem to work the same as the one on your metal axe). Sounds great unplugged, not like my Ovation, but its not supposed to is it?...plugged it in, gave it some crunch and cranked it up through a just a small VOX AD15 practice amp that I got at the same time (a great little tube amp by the way)...WOW, AC/DC and Rush rythyms rock...then I played clean, and was equally impressed...I like Wes Montgomery (Wes was a big influence on Tony Iommi...(check Wes out, and hear the similarities...the beginnings of a new era for guitarists)...This is my seventh guitar, and a welcome addition to the family. For the money, I think this is a great looking, sounding, guitar that plays extremely well, and has lots of tone. It feels like it'll last for years, maybe I'll even get to pass it on to my kid someday. Check it out for yourself, and if you decide to get it, you won't be sorry. Just keep a towel handy for when your buddies drool on it.


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This is a beautiful guitar that looks really sharp, and has a nice, versitile tone: It sounds warm & full, and can really rock out with the right effects. Unfortunately, you...Read complete review

This is a beautiful guitar that looks really sharp, and has a nice, versitile tone: It sounds warm & full, and can really rock out with the right effects. Unfortunately, you can tune it up really tight & strum it once, and it's completely out of tune again. It will NOT stay in tune at all. The tuning heads MUST be replaced. Also, a wekk after I bought it, it started buzzing near the G and A frets. I don't know why, as I've been really careful with it, and have used a humdidifyer. I was warned by a friend that this guitar is a piece of s*** & I am beginning to believe him. I always dreamed of either a hollowbody Gretsch or a Gibson 335 (the 335 is too pricey for me). This guitar is not worth the money, even though I got it on sale.If you are REALLY in love with this guitar & don't mind spending a lot of money to fix all the problems...hey, in that case, buy something else...

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Serious musicians guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I played one of these at a local music store. The price got my attention first. I have a few higher end guitars. This one is as nice as any I have ever seen. So, I bought one. All I have done is swap out the tuners for some heavier Grovers. This has since become my #1 guitar. I play out several times a month, and practice daily. This guitar can take the workout and deliver. The DeArmond 2000 pickups are perfect for everything. And the guitar is actually built well. I even use it in my livingroom as an acoustic. Even unplugged, it is full if tone and punch. Plugged in, this baby has the ballsiest tone I've ever heard from a single coil. I can cover anything from Pretty cleans, to full out Mesa with a drop tuning. Sustain, Tone, Action, Durrability, Punch, Feel, Response, And don't forget Looks. I got it in black. I couldn't have asked for a better working guitar. It has earned the title of the "GoTo" guy. I think it performs better then I do. The price is deceiving, You get a whole lot of guitar for that money. But I do think it should come with a case. You will want to protect it. I'm not the Gig bag type. Something this nice, you put in a hardshell case. I had to buy mine seperate. Ordering a Gretsch case for it seperately was a pain and wasn't real cheap. But it's worth every penny. You will know when you're on stage, when it counts.



By Setzer fan

from Michigan

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I played this guitar prior to buying a Gretsch G5120. This Electromatic is a great guitar, but I actually preferred the sound and the pickups in the G5120. This is still a great guitar though. You can't go wrong with a Gretsch!


Great Instrument

By The Freeman

from Littleton, CO

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This guitar is going to get me through college. The sound is great. It plays great. The bigsby is absolutely wonderful. The neck position pickup gives mellow tones (bridge is a little bright for me, but some guys love it) perfect for clean jazz cords and soloing. Then you crank the drive and listen to yourself wail. So sweet. All in all, this ax is great. Worth every penny.


Hillsong use Gretsch!!

By United

from PR

I own this guitar about a year now. I bought it looking for that Hillsong sound. It has a very nice vintage sound.. Excellent with delays. Great sustain. Whit no effect, it has a beautiful twangy clean sound almost like an acoustic (Is like having two guitars in one). The only complaining I have is that it seems to get a lot out of tune and with distortion the pickups are kind of weak. But the guitar works perfectly with a cruchy overdrive sound, it really capture that hillsong crunchy sound. Beside those minor problem this is a great guitar with a stunning look on it.


Good Sound; Nice Looks; Fun to Play

By Timmy-e7o2D

from The Great Northwest

I smile at folks who give $800 guitars a ?perfect 10?. I question dudes who play one in a music store, then rate 5 or 6. I?ve owned mine (silver sparkle) a year now. It takes time to know an instrument, particularly regarding quality and durability. I really like this guitar. It is one of many in my decent sized collection, including very nice US made instruments. It nicely fills the need for a hollowbody. SOUND: Great for old school rock sounds, bluesy stuff, and some jazzy tones. The DeArmonds are nice; they put out that scratchy, rockabilly sound. They also cleans up nicely with warmth. Sustain? Not here, but hollowbodies aren?t made for that. FIT: The neck feels more like my Les, than my Stat. Comfortable and easy to manage. Because of the thickness of the heal where the neck meets the body, it gets tricky to do lead work past the 12th fret ? not that you?ll want to a lot of screaming up there anyway. No problems with the Bigsby, but don?t use it much. FINISH: My only area of complaint. Some silver sparkle laps on the neck where it meets the guitar top. Common to finish work on Asian guitars. Also, the finish around the f-holes isn?t as smooth as I desire. The little tuners look weird, but I have had no problem with them. In spite of these fussy finish criticisms, this is the one guitar that CONSTANTLY gets all the oohs and aahs. It?s a cool guitar, and much classier and impressive sounding than the Ibanez hollowbody guitars (and it?s just not an apples-apples comparison to any of the 335 knockoffs).


Closest to the Duane Eddy guitar

By yeoldgrump

from Skamokawa WA

The single coil pickups on this guitar will give you the sound that Duane Eddy had back in the late 50's and 60's. It is a great sounding guitar, especially when played through a Fender Twin Reverb or Fender Super Reverb. It has very good action, as well.



By Psychobilly Cadillac

from American Fork, UT

After having my Gold Sparkle Electromatic for 1.5 years, it has become one of my favorite guitars for live playing. It took a while to break it in - tuning and bigsby adjustment, but now it's a blast. It has great, controllable harmonic feedback at high volume and great rockabilly and reverbed surf tones. I use the Bigsby quite a bit - it's not a whammy bar for sure, but works good for tremolo and subtle pitch shifting. Yes, it's a pain to change strings, and the knobs are in a configuration that takes a bit of time to get used to, and you can't play past the 14th fret unless you palm the neck with your thumb up ala Ted Nugent, but the visuals, tones, and price make up for those negatives.It's a keeper!


Gorgeous pickups, I love this guitar

By straycatkid

from Long Island, NY

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I honestly laughed out loud when I saw one reviewer saying the G5120's humbuckers blow the DeArmond 2000's out of the water. The 'Gretschbuckers' are largely unloved and often-replaced. Several of the 5120 owners of the Gretsch Pages forum have installed TV Jones or real Filtertrons and now they have real 6120 look-alikes. If that's what you're after, fine. Anyway - The pickups on my 5125 are just beautiful. Clean and crisp. Tons of twang. The thing growls, it sings, it croons. Rockabilly, blues, straight-up rock - she'll do it. The guitar DOES stay in tune pretty well with the Bigsby. I really love everything about this guitar. Buy one.


My first electric

By Johnny_Garage

from winnipeg, canada

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I started playing guitar about 2 years ago. My first guitar was a yamaha acoustic. I always wanted to play electric so I figured "go for it".I didnt want to go cheap, so I researched all the guitar sites, and decided to buy the Gretsch 5125, black with Dearmond pick-ups. I couldn't have made a better choice! The guitar is gorgeous out of the box, the action was good and the finish is flawless. A real nice guitar. I also bought a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp. It arrived in perfect condition, not a mark on it. Now I'm no pro, but I have been listening to music my whole life and I know what good tone is. These 2 combined are great! I also use a Digitech RP350, and there is no tone I can't get out of this rig. The tones out of the RP are each distinct in there own way, you can also fine tune your tone on the computer using the X-edit feature. I changed the strings and now I am using DAdarrio XL Pro steels. I can get classic crunch, Brit, punk,jazz, country, rockabilly, tones with ease. I am very impressed with the DeArmonds, very versatile pups single coils. The only thing I dislike are the strap buttons, they tend to come loose, so keep an eye them or change them to locking ones. Also buy a case, I got the Gretsch hardshell case and it fits the guitar perfectly. Get this gutar and a decent amp you wont regret it!


A bit cheap feeling

By Twanger-nator

from Round Rock, TX

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I own a Falcon and thought I would purchase one of these on ebay at a good price but I went to the local Guitar store and played one and I thought it a bit cheap. It just feels cheap to me. Yes it is quite a bit less expensive than the guitars I am used to but still, it just feels like the guitars we bought in the 60's that were made in Japan from K-mart. It does have a fairly good Gretsch sound though. It is a bit expensive for the starting musician. I like the Epiphone Dot much better as far as the feel of quaility.

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