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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 u...Click To Read More About This Product

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Unsafe at any speed.

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.

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FEATURES
  • 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

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Gretsch GuitarsG5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • School bands (4)
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    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

THE single best mid-priced guitar made...period.

I own everything from Rickenbackers to Gibson to BC Rich to Charvel to Fender to Paul Reed Smith--Les Pauls, SG's--some Epiphone guitars with EMGs thrown in, or with Gibson '57...Read complete review

I own everything from Rickenbackers to Gibson to BC Rich to Charvel to Fender to Paul Reed Smith--Les Pauls, SG's--some Epiphone guitars with EMGs thrown in, or with Gibson '57 and BurstBuckers. The Gretsch Corvette in my collection remains THE instrument to surpass in the overall, and while each guitar has something special to it, sound-wise or aesthetically (or both), the clarity, power, and authority of the Corvette sound and its fine playability (wide-neck, low action), particularly for rhythm, stands alone. Only the Paul Reed Smith Single Cut, with its extra-extrodinary humbucker pickups, rivals the 'Vette. So if you're thinking 'Gibson SG' or a 'Gretsch semi-hollowbody' to take you to that next level, I recommend you think again.
The Bigsby is well secured, has good resistance, does not interfere with strumming or picking, and though it doesn't dive bomb like the Floyd Rose, the Bigsby does not throw the tuning way out. In short, everything is quality made and well appointed on this model. The Corvette's Metatron pickups expel an absolutely fantastic sound, eating distortion while projecting unrivaled clarity and bite. The Corvette has less sustain than the SG, but it's not as potentially muddy---the 'Vette rings all six strings, making it a preeminantly and outstanding rhythm instrument. The Corvette has the incredible capacity to stop sound on a dime, which gives real definition to chords and notes without a hold-over from whatever changes you're coming off of. The 'Vette's tonal range is not as massive as one might get with a good semi-hollow with superior pickups, but its clarity while distorted or clean makes up for it, and it does it better than the rest.
From the tuners to the pickups to the set neck to the knobs to the pickguard to the Bigsby, the guitar is expertly crafted. The sharply beveled mahogany on the Corvette adds artistic distinction--coupled with a glossed, rich, and utterly gorgeous coat over a nice wood grain, it catches the eye; it is not a dull mahogany. The Corvette is thin as an SG, but is more dynamically architectured, and has more weight and substance. The Corvette is superior, no matter who makes the SG, and I love SG's. Nothing about the Corvette is cheap or flimsy. It's solid through and through. Absolutely beautiful to behold and undoubtedly durable as a tank, yet it's a thing of art.
This guitar is the best mid-priced guitar made.....period. Don't waste your time with the Schecters or the ESPs. While Epiphone and Paul Reed Smith make absolute winners in the $500--$700 range (ex.: The Epiphone Korina Flying V or the PRS Single Cut), the Gretsch Corvette, an instrument hardly ubiquitous and made by a seemingly archaic brand in today's age, is the best value I've ever gotten for the money spent on a guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Promising but challenged

I really really wanted to like this guitar. The color, weight, neck, the pick ups, the vibe, the controls and the vibrato are exactly what I wanted in a guitar. Unfortunately,...Read complete review

I really really wanted to like this guitar. The color, weight, neck, the pick ups, the vibe, the controls and the vibrato are exactly what I wanted in a guitar. Unfortunately, the guitar body is made from three pieces of mahogany. The one that was sent to me was made from different colored pieces so that the guitar was 2/3rds dark cherry stain, and 1/3rd light cherry. There was enough difference to be annoying. In the woodworking trade, it would have been rejected as a second. The wood blank used for the body should never have been given a transparent finish. Maybe if the two colors were separated by a metal strip or a painted stripe, it would have looked as if the flaw was intended.
Secondly, the first fret E string fretted out and the neck pickup was stuck in place. These could be fixed if I kept the guitar, but with the blemished wood, it wasn't worth it. It is not an inexpensive guitar, but this one had all the qualities of one.
Bottom line: try to get a good look at the one you're buying and expect to have to make major adjustments to get it to play well.
I'm still jonesing for one though. Maybe later.
Musician's Friend were champs all the way through the process. With the exception of drop shipping the product sight unseen, and the horrible set up, everything else about transaction, buying and return went well.

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(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE single best mid-priced guitar made...period.

By Chris

from Boston, MA

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Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

I own everything from Rickenbackers to Gibson to BC Rich to Charvel to Fender to Paul Reed Smith--Les Pauls, SG's--some Epiphone guitars with EMGs thrown in, or with Gibson '57 and BurstBuckers. The Gretsch Corvette in my collection remains THE instrument to surpass in the overall, and while each guitar has something special to it, sound-wise or aesthetically (or both), the clarity, power, and authority of the Corvette sound and its fine playability (wide-neck, low action), particularly for rhythm, stands alone. Only the Paul Reed Smith Single Cut, with its extra-extrodinary humbucker pickups, rivals the 'Vette. So if you're thinking 'Gibson SG' or a 'Gretsch semi-hollowbody' to take you to that next level, I recommend you think again.
The Bigsby is well secured, has good resistance, does not interfere with strumming or picking, and though it doesn't dive bomb like the Floyd Rose, the Bigsby does not throw the tuning way out. In short, everything is quality made and well appointed on this model. The Corvette's Metatron pickups expel an absolutely fantastic sound, eating distortion while projecting unrivaled clarity and bite. The Corvette has less sustain than the SG, but it's not as potentially muddy---the 'Vette rings all six strings, making it a preeminantly and outstanding rhythm instrument. The Corvette has the incredible capacity to stop sound on a dime, which gives real definition to chords and notes without a hold-over from whatever changes you're coming off of. The 'Vette's tonal range is not as massive as one might get with a good semi-hollow with superior pickups, but its clarity while distorted or clean makes up for it, and it does it better than the rest.
From the tuners to the pickups to the set neck to the knobs to the pickguard to the Bigsby, the guitar is expertly crafted. The sharply beveled mahogany on the Corvette adds artistic distinction--coupled with a glossed, rich, and utterly gorgeous coat over a nice wood grain, it catches the eye; it is not a dull mahogany. The Corvette is thin as an SG, but is more dynamically architectured, and has more weight and substance. The Corvette is superior, no matter who makes the SG, and I love SG's. Nothing about the Corvette is cheap or flimsy. It's solid through and through. Absolutely beautiful to behold and undoubtedly durable as a tank, yet it's a thing of art.
This guitar is the best mid-priced guitar made.....period. Don't waste your time with the Schecters or the ESPs. While Epiphone and Paul Reed Smith make absolute winners in the $500--$700 range (ex.: The Epiphone Korina Flying V or the PRS Single Cut), the Gretsch Corvette, an instrument hardly ubiquitous and made by a seemingly archaic brand in today's age, is the best value I've ever gotten for the money spent on a guitar.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rocks

By riskyrisky

from Seattle

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Light Weight
  • Nice design
  • Solid Electronics
  • Solid feel
  • Unique Mega 'Tron pickups

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

    This is a fantastic instrument. Though it's an Electromatic, it's at the head of the class. A great mid-price guitar with a high-end sound and feel. It's light-weight, has a unique look and sound, and feels solid in your hands.
    It's just a marvel to play and listen to with its wide ranging tone.
    I could go on with this love letter to my guitar, but I digress. You have to play it to believe it.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    PRS quality in a Gretsch...

    By Vince Dees

    from CT, USA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None That I Can Detect

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

      I have always admired Gretsch pickups...but could not afford an American Gretsch...(guitar prices are assinine these days)...and the look of the Corvette is compelling...so I took the plunge via MF who you can trust...when it arrived (as a gift from my wife)...the first reaction was that it felt as solid as an older PRS I had some years ago. This does not feel Fender-ish or Gibson-ish...but Smith-ish.....lol....and I don't mean that in a bad way...it just feels like a PRS...you know what I mean......quality to the touch....

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Gretsch For the Price

      By Glenn

      from Chillicothe, MO

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      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

      I thought that I'd never own the "Vette" until I played one. Now I'm sold, the MegaTron PUs are the best, a perfect match for the guitar and the Mahog wood. Its light to wear, very easy to play due to short and comfy scale neck and should wear like iron. Thanks Gretsch !

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Promising but challenged

      By Jazzbo

      from Hudson Valley, NY

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Playing guitar

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

      I really really wanted to like this guitar. The color, weight, neck, the pick ups, the vibe, the controls and the vibrato are exactly what I wanted in a guitar. Unfortunately, the guitar body is made from three pieces of mahogany. The one that was sent to me was made from different colored pieces so that the guitar was 2/3rds dark cherry stain, and 1/3rd light cherry. There was enough difference to be annoying. In the woodworking trade, it would have been rejected as a second. The wood blank used for the body should never have been given a transparent finish. Maybe if the two colors were separated by a metal strip or a painted stripe, it would have looked as if the flaw was intended.
      Secondly, the first fret E string fretted out and the neck pickup was stuck in place. These could be fixed if I kept the guitar, but with the blemished wood, it wasn't worth it. It is not an inexpensive guitar, but this one had all the qualities of one.
      Bottom line: try to get a good look at the one you're buying and expect to have to make major adjustments to get it to play well.
      I'm still jonesing for one though. Maybe later.
      Musician's Friend were champs all the way through the process. With the exception of drop shipping the product sight unseen, and the horrible set up, everything else about transaction, buying and return went well.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW!

      By NI0uDA5Kv

      from Pensacola, Florida

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

      WOW! My first real guitar was a single pickup Gretsch Corvette that I played in bands and made some serious money in the 60?s. I couldn?t resist buying the new G5135 Electrometric. The old Corvette was amazing, but the new one is beyond belief? The sound, playability and quality are flawless. The weight and stability when standing with a strap on this axe is just like the old one, which is the simply the best. I don?t have another guitar that compares and I have the majority of ?em. But, don?t believe me or anyone else until you?ve played it for yourself.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Finally Got One!

      By PBall1

      from Edneyville, NC

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      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

      I was fortunate enough to buy a Gretsch Corvette Electromatic in Mint condition in a pawn Shop for a great price. I love the appearance and feel of this Guitar. The pickups are really different from humbuckers I'm used to. The tone is really something else and I can see it working for me in many different settings from Church to Blues jams to freestyle rock guitar solos. The Bigsby is great and you simply have to stretch the strings properly before doing a gig with it. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a unique look (very retro and chic), and a sound not like everyone else has. I chose it because it looks like something Keith Richards would play and I have had great experiences on my friends old Gretsch Committee model guitar. I also own a Gretsch Banjo that is 30 years old, so you can't go wrong with Gretsch. I have large fingers but the smallness of the fingerboard is like a special treat . It is no problem at all. The Guitar responds well , clean or distorted, through my Polytone amp which I've owned for 22 years. I would definitely recommend this Guitar to anyone.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love at 1st sight

      By Roscoe

      from Baltimore,MD

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great look
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

        plug and play right out of the box.no adjustments needed. Even the strings that came on the guitar are good. I highly recommend this guitar. For the price you can't beat it. It's maybe a notch below my Les Paul...maybe

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Real Guitar

        By Willie...

        from USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

          WOW! My first real guitar was a single pickup Gretsch Corvette that I played in bands and made some serious money in the 60s. The old Corvette was amazing, but the new one is even better. The sound, play-ability and quality are flawless. The weight and stability when standing with a strap on this axe is just like the old one, which is the simply the best. I do not have another guitar that compares and I have the majority of them. Do not believe me or anyone else until you have played it for yourself.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Such a great sound for all genres!

          By samrueen35

          from Omaha, NE

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

          I recently picked up this gem at my college music sale, and I instantly fell in love with it! The sound and feel to it is just extraordinary! Even though I'm just a noobie at guitar (I have been playing for about 4 years now, and I play rhythm) this guitar has been amazing and one of my all time favorites! The next Gretsch that I will be saving up for is the Duo Jet, so get ready Mr. Harrison, we will be rocking together sometime soon!

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