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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 u...Read More

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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.

Case sold separately.

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 32 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Fun to play (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Rock concerts (5)
    • Recording (4)
    • School bands (3)
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    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.

    VS

    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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    5.0

    Great for all ages

    By JN

    from Pasco, Washington

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

      My 9 y/o son plays pretty advanced guitar. I bought this guitar because he likes playing Sleepwalk (Les Paul Version) & Sambati(Santana Version) by Santana & he needs the Vibrato. He was playing a Les Paul Junior before this only. Now he plays 60% of his songs on the Gretch, 20% on the LPJ & 20% on a Taylor Accoustic Electric for songs like Greensleeves, Scarborough Fair, Andante, & other classics. Worth everything we paid for it. Can't wait when he is big enough to be able to play the big hollow Gretch or Big hollow Hofner. He will be playing in public in March with the Gretch as he has played piano in public in the past. Nice Twang to the Gretch.

      Comment on this review

       
      2.0

      Promising but challenged

      By Jazzbo

      from Hudson Valley, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      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.

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      5.0

      Unique-One of my favorites

      By Mark

      from South East PA

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

        Very high quality, unique, clear cleans and absolute filth when wanted. VERY fine pickups that really change when height adjusted. Very comfortable, fast neck, solid, but not heavy. This is a GREAT blues guitar that is also a great rock & roll guitar and probably will do a little jazz, too. Very different from all my other solid body Gibsons and Epiphones...I have 3 Gibson SG's, a Les Paul Junior and a Les Paul Junior Special. None of them sounds like this Gretsch.

        It can also sound "Gretschy" if you want that.

        Very highly recommended for players at any level.

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        4.0

        Good Intermediate Guitar

        By Insaneman9876

        from Gary, IN

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

          I got this guitar for Christmas last year (2012) from my father, and overall, it's a great instrument for the level that I'm at. The Gretsch name is well known, but not a name that you see everywhere, which is something I love (different but not unknown). I love the sound, both dirty and clean, and it works well for everything I play (Classic rock with my dad, all the way to punk, metal, and metalcore with my friends). My only qualms about this instrument is that the G string has a tendency to go out of tune very easily when you play it a little roughly or use the vibrato too heavily, but this may just be a need to re-string the guitar (I've owned it for over a year now and it still has the original strings on it) Also, the pickguard and truss rod cover had some shrink-wrap on them when they came, and this wouldn't be a problem except that I spent hours trying to get the stuff off of the pickguard after it started looking dirty and scuffed, only to find that it actually goes under the control knobs and pickup selector switch, so I've got these little bits of shrink-wrap coming out from underneath them that are, admittedly, next to unnoticeable, but still ugly looking, so I've just tried to trim them back under the knobs as much as possible, and I think I've gotten it completely by now. Also, the only structural issue I've found is that the pots are slotted and the knobs are solid. For me, this resulted in the knobs falling off within the first week or two of getting the guitar, and then when I went to put them back on, the two halves of the pots were pushed together and this made the knobs crooked. Honestly, I think this actually looks quite a bit cooler, but still, its a flaw in the design of the pots and/or knobs. Now, it may seem like I tore this guitar apart in this interview, but honestly, all of the problems I had were purely aesthetic and are probably not going to be problems that everyone has. Overall, the guitar still looks awesome, plays awesome, and is a great, not-your-everyday solid-body guitar for any intermediate musician.

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          (0 of 1 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!

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Job Musicians Friend!

          By jarv

          from australia, melbourne

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is great! I bought this guitar about 7 days ago and it arrived in great condition and i live in australia! this guitar looks and feels awesome, worth every penny! for the quality of the guitar it is a great deal. If your looking for a guitar that not only sounds great but looks amazing this is the one for you

            Comment on this review

            (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

            Ask me a question

            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....

              Comment on this review

              (5 of 5 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.

                Comment on this review

                (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

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

                By Chris

                from Boston, MA

                Ask me a question

                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.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My New Baby: Snowflake

                By Anthony Long

                from Harlan, KY

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

                I love Snowflake. Enough said. I had been looking for a sound different than all the Les Pauls and Ibanez guitars flowing through where I live, but never knew what to get. Then, I found out one of my hero's (Jack White) played a Gretsch so I decided to go for it. I do NOT regret it.
                I got this beauty a week or so ago and love it. I even gave it a name: Snowflake. Everything is wonderful. The only thing I dislike is my neck pickup. Its very quiet for some reason. I may change it soon. But it still, it sounds amazing, I just need to turn it up a bit more when I use the neck pickup.
                The guitar is pretty well made, aside from my input jack constantly falling out. Thats a pretty easy fix though. But its irritating that its like that.
                The sound I get from running Snowflake through my amp compared to the the $650 I paid for it is completely one sided. Other than the pickup and input jack, its a magical sounding instrument.

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