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  • Bound single-cutaway hollowbody
  • Maple neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and hump-block pearloid inlays
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A single-cutaway hollowbody with Filter’Tron™ pickups and Bigsby tremolo.

When the Gretsch R&D team unearthed a Baldwin-era Filter’Tron pickup with knockout punch and phenomenal twang, they incorporated its DNA into dynamic “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ pickups, which now endow Electromatic hollow-body instruments such as the G5420T with an electrifying voice and identity.

The G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar is a sharp Gretsch guitar with a bound single-cutaway hollowbody featuring sound-post bracing and elegant bound f holes. Other features include a maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and hump-block pearloid inlays, silver plexi pickguard, three-position pickup switch, classic “G” arrow control knobs, rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and Bigsby®-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece, vintage-style open-back tuners and chrome-plated hardware.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Bound single-cutaway hollowbody
  • Maple neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and hump-block pearloid inlays
  • “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ pickups
  • Three-position pickup switch
  • Classic “G” arrow control knobs
  • Rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic™ bridge
  • Bigsby®-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece
  • Silver plexi pickguard

Choose your color and get ready to strap on something special. Order today.

 

G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body
  • Body Material: 5-Ply Maple
  • Body Shape: Single Cutaway
  • Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Bracing: Sound Post
  • Body Depth: 2.75" (69.85 mm)
  • Neck
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
  • Scale Length: 24.5" (62.2 cm)
  • Electronics
  • Bridge Pickup: "Black Top" Filter'Tron™ Bridge Pickup
  • Neck Pickup: "Black Top" Filter'Tron™ Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome-Plated
  • Bridge: Rosewood-Based Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage Style Open-Back
  • Miscellaneous
  • Unique Features: Hump-Block Fingerboard Inlays, Bound Body Top and Back, Bound Sound Holes and Fingerboard, Silver Plexi Pickguard, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, Adjustable Truss Rod, Bigsby®-Licensed B60 Vibrato
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Gretsch GuitarsG5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (12)
    • Practicing (11)
    • Recording (9)
    • Small venues (8)
    • Rock concerts (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Good Value

    I really like this guitar - sound, looks, value. I also have one of the earlier 5120 Electromatics and love that guitar too. The 5420 has a slightly livelier, brighter, and even...Read complete review

    I really like this guitar - sound, looks, value. I also have one of the earlier 5120 Electromatics and love that guitar too. The 5420 has a slightly livelier, brighter, and even more Gretschy tone than the 5120. Both are quite beautiful guitars. My new 5420 has a deeper orange and the top, while not technically considered a figured wood, has such grain patterns as to almost appear burled. Really beautiful and the finish is excellent. I love playing it and hearing it's complex tone. Now for the bad. My first purchase was the Cadillac Green FSR 5420. It looked nice, sounded good, but the strings would not center over the pole pieces of the PUPS. If the bridge was moved to adjust this, it would spring back from string tension to its original position. I figured the Bigsby was not positioned correctly. Had to send it back and exchaged for the slightly more expensive orange model - which was dead on arrival - no sound from the amp when plugged in. Sigh ... I decided to fix it, figuring it to be wiring related. I resoldered several questionable looking joints and everything is fine now. I really liked the looks and feel and sound of the guitar otherwise I would never have gone to the trouble. The wooden base of the bridge was also not matched to the contour of the top very closely. I used some Stew-Mac tools and supplies to sand it to a perfect match. I know - this is a lot to do to an almost $900 guitar. It is beyond what is reasonable to expect for your money IMHO. Fortunately, I have enough experience to deal with some of these issues. This is typical of my experience with Asian guitars in this price range. Sometimes you get absolutely stunning value, sometimes you get a clinker - that's the way it is. Almost all of them require a good set-up. DIY or pay somebody competent. So, with all issues addressed, do I still love her? Yes, it was worth it for me. I would still recommend the guitar. Just a heads up of what you might expect of any brand in this price range. I have a great guitar now - but it took a little work to get it there. Seems typical these days.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good tone - poorly constructed

    This guitar is very poorly constructed. The input jack broke two times in one year and the strap pins and pick-up selector will fall off.

    The guitar has good tone and...Read complete review

    This guitar is very poorly constructed. The input jack broke two times in one year and the strap pins and pick-up selector will fall off.

    The guitar has good tone and you can make some interesting sounds with the Gretschbuckers, but if you are going to spend close to a grand on a guitar, just buy an American made Gibson

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    5.0

    Comfortable Classic, Striking Looks

    By Mike

    from Southern Maine

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    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Striking
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I own and play this Gretsch, an Epiphone ES-175, an American Standard Strat, a Squire Tele and a Gibson Hummingbird Pro. This Gretsch 5420 is the easiest to play as its action is very nice. It's a very comfortable size as it's thinner than a full size hollow body like the ES-175. I can see the fretboard as I play. The tone through my Fender Blues Jr is really pretty and full. I tried 2 of these out and they were both very nice. My wife thinks it's the coolest looking guitar she's ever seen. The Bigsby vibrato bar is so nice that I don't want to play a guitar without one now. I will get one for my Epiphone. After a couple days of adjusting the tuning a number of times with a new set of Daddario 11 to 52 (with an 18 wound G), the Gretsch stays in tune quite well. I play mostly rhythm guitar to sing and perform solo with so what I look for is a full balanced tone and to stay in tune, along with comfortable easy action. I will try other strings to try and hopefully get a little bigger sound from the bass strings. Daddarios are nice but my sets are too old to know for sure if their tone is like new strings. When you have one of these guitars adjusted just right and you strum a chord with a little reverb and just give the vibrato bar a slow wiggle, it's guitar heaven!

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      5.0

      Great Gretsch Guitar!!!

      By Larry Christopher

      from Youngstown, Oh

      About Me Professional Musician

      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 G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        The Gretsch 5420 is an excellent guitar. I have played pro lines, and I prefer how these play. The neck reminds me of a Les Paul. It's a great neck with perfect frets. The guitar is big, beautiful, and very light. These guitars are a perfect platform for modding, and I plan to get 3 more and mod them all, creating my own signature line! lol I got the Aspen green, and can't wait to get orange, black, and smoke green. With some TV Jones pickups, Compton bridges, and locking tuners, while they wouldn't have the same re-sale value, they'll be every bit the guitar that the pro lines are.

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        5.0

        Love this guitar

        By CP Duo

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No Case Included

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        Have Taylor acoustic and Fender Tele. This guitar fills the gap between those beautifully. Looks great, plays great, sounds great. Lots of different sound options with the tone and volume knobs. Just gonna take some time to find the sounds that work best for me.
        Should have come with a case.

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        5.0

        Great looking, and sounding,guitar

        By Rich

        from Rochester, New Hampshire

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          The look and feel of this guitar is fantastic. Never goes out of tune, and sounds especially sweet in an all tube vox amp.
          My only complaint would be how it was shipped to me. Packing of the guitar was terrible. I'm surprised it didn't get damaged. Other than that, great deal.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          G5420T

          By Red

          from Midland, Tx

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

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                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                Very nice guitar for the price.

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                5.0

                Tone depends on the amp

                By UnclePhil

                from Somewhere, IA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Feel

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                    I played this through my Fender amp, sounded very bright with a bit of harshness distorted. Not very impressive. Played it through my Vox amp and it sounded absolutely heavenly. I've seen this with Lollar Thinline Tele pickups too, they're so "good" in their own way that they suffer in mainstream amp settings. So experiment before you decide. I bought this because it was built well, played well, and with some experimentation, had a really great distinctive sound. Can't beat that.

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                    (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Good tone - poorly constructed

                    By Julianguitar1988

                    from Charlottesville

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                    Best Uses

                    • Recording

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                    This guitar is very poorly constructed. The input jack broke two times in one year and the strap pins and pick-up selector will fall off.

                    The guitar has good tone and you can make some interesting sounds with the Gretschbuckers, but if you are going to spend close to a grand on a guitar, just buy an American made Gibson

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great quality & sound, fun to play

                    By MMMarcel

                    from Pittsburgh, PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                      I'll echo some previous reviews in saying that the quality of workmanship is very good. The finish is professionally-applied with a great shine, the fit is tight. I didn't find some other flaws mentioned by others: namely, the bridge fits the contour of the arch top, the pick guard is perfectly installed, the f-hole binding is clean and tidy.

                      I'm not crazy about the Gretsch knob layout - I prefer all the knobs together for easy access. I will replace the nut and tuning machines w/ Schaller locking heads. Other than that, it is a very nice guitar.

                      The sound is warm and solid. The Bigsby tremolo is awesome. The action is pretty much how Iike it right off the bat.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Gretsch G5420T

                      By Yoborific

                      from San Jose,.CA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Lots Of Sound
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Great Rockabilly Guitar
                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                      This guitar has more tone than I thought!
                      The hollow body really resonates well.
                      A lot of guitar for the price!

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome for the money!!

                      By RESPLENDENT62

                      from Memphis, TN

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Great fit and finish
                      • Shipped Safely

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                        Suprisingly nice instrument. Great fit & finish. Blacktop pickups are sweet. Shipped safely. Only setup required was adjusting bridge for best intonation. Super play-ability!

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