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Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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.

SPECIFICATIONS

G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar

  • 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 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (22)
  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (19)
  • Practicing (19)
  • Recording (16)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (7)

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

 

It plays sweet as only a Gretsch can.

The guitar looks Nothing like advertised in the picture. It is a Tobacco Sunburst finish rather than the red/yellow Sunburst finish that I went to a lot of trouble to purchase. Disappointing.

The guitar looks Nothing like advertised in the picture. It is a Tobacco Sunburst finish rather than the red/yellow Sunburst finish that I went to a lot of trouble to purchase. Disappointing.

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3.0

It plays sweet as only a Gretsch can.

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from Gulf Breeze, Fl.

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        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        The guitar looks Nothing like advertised in the picture. It is a Tobacco Sunburst finish rather than the red/yellow Sunburst finish that I went to a lot of trouble to purchase. Disappointing.

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        5.0

        Pleasant Surprise !

        By 

        from Va Beach Va

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          I bought mine 3 months ago. I played a few until I settled on mine. I have been playing Strats for years and wanted to try something different. I am really happy with this one. Unique sounds. Surprisingly excellent action. Like any new guitar it takes a couple months to bound and see any problems. I had the usual retighten input Jack and a couple screws. I didn't like the stock tuners much. I replaced them with Hipshot locking tuners. Stays in tune pretty good when using the Bigsby. I need to play a couple USA models to see if a upgrade is worth it. But this guitar really hit the mark for me

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          5.0

          Excellent value on a great guitar

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          from Florida

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            Out of the box the only issue I had was that it was tuned to some outer space frequency as the strings were so tightly wound I am surprised they did not snap in unison. Once brought down to 440 the guitar was sweat and mellow and bold when amped. It is a solid guitar whose tone should improve as the wood ages and it is played more. AS is the usual, MF and Billy Turnbull, my gear head, were great.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Some are problematic

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            from Monroe, NC

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            Pros

            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Pretty Instrument

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues
            • Tuning Wanders A Bit

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            I purchased the very pretty sunburst finish and really enjoy the tone the Gretsch produces. From twangy to jazz, the guitar seems to do it all reasonably well. I especially think the price is quite reasonable. I do have several quibbles, though. My first one (Gretsch is replacing it) had a couple of bubbles in the paint. The paint, in fact, scrapped on the model I purchased very readily from the strap! I had to make some adjustments not he bridge to remove fret rattle as well. Those are little things, but still... The tuning also wandered, especially compared with a Strat. I also found that one of the strap lugs (holders) was loose as was a switch. Finally, the forward pickup would change volume or cut out completely. It did it infrequently, but at the worst possible times. The Gretsch warranty is good and the guitar is being replaced. The tone is wonderful and I love the Bigsby. I would still recommend it...make sure that you always use a reputable supplier.

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            5.0

            She's a Keeper!

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            from Crescent City, CA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            This is definitely one of the nicest playing guitars I own. I have the Aspen Green which has a very cool metallic shade up close. Out of the box I only had to tune it up and it was good to go. The neck is excellent, the intonation spot on and the bigsby tremolo works just right. It did have a little fret buzz on the 6th string but it was easy to fix with a slightly heavier guage string. I like that it has a fixed bridge, so no problem when putting on new strings. I play a lot of acoustic guitar and this makes the transition between acoustic and electric beautifully. Good in the studio and there's room to sculpt the sound with the pick ups. We've only been together a little over a week, but so far she's a keeper!

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            4.0

            Nice Axe

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            from Minneapolis, MN

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              This guitar has exceptional tone. Unplugged, it has nearly the volume of a traditional acoustic guitar and has a very similar sound. Plugged in, it reminds me of Brian Setzer's guitar on the SC album entitled "Built for Speed". The Bigsby tail piece and vibrato bar are a nice addition. They give the guitar sound an added dimension.

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              5.0

              Love this guitar !

              By 

              from Burlington, Wis

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Playing Out
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                I've wanted a Gretsch for years , and finally got one! I It was worth the wait . The tone out of this guitar is incredible ! Even out of a small practice amp , you can hear how beautiful it sounds. I've only had this guitar a couple weeks, but I'm very happy so far. Try this guitar , and you will like it .

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                5.0

                Nice Instrument for the money

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                from Monroe, NC

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Controls

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                The Gretsch is a nice-looking instrument that sounds and plays very well. I have experimented with strings and the 11's sound very good (mine came with 10's). The flat-wound strings do mellow the tone considerably and I'll probably go back to round wound for a better overall sound. The knobs (as others have mentioned) are not linear in response and are a bit redundant with pots for each pick up plus one for overall response. The bigsby works nice and it's not too difficult to re-string once you have the technique down. My 5420 is sunburst and is well done. The case is OK, but doesn't have the nice solid feel that some Fender cases do. One more negative is that the tuning tends to vary more than, say, a Strat. It is affected a bit more by temperature fluctuations: not bad, but it's still there. The overall quality of the guitar is very good. There is little to really complain about. It is really a jack of all trades for whatever music (other than really loud stuff) you play. One other thing...the posts for the strap are thick and need to be replaced for strap locks...a minor quibble. For the price, it's a really superb instrument.

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                5.0

                Great guitar

                By 

                from atlanta, ga.

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Workmanship

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  I purchased this guitar in sunburst used (described as mint condition) and must say it truly is mint. Not a scratch, mark or flaw that I can find anywhere. I am very impressed with the build quality of this instrument. It is truly striking in looks and the finish is beautiful. Frets are well done, no buzzes after I lowered the action and adjusted the truss rod. Selector witch and pots work great with no noise and no feedback through my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe tube amp. Love the Bigsby and set up on this guitar. The only thing I need to do now is adjust the height of the strings at the nut as they are high which is typical with a production guitar. I have a new set of TV Jones pickups I may install later but for now I a very happy with the sound. As a luthier I still can't figure out how they sell such a quality guitar for the price. I have found over the years that guitars made in Korea tend to be superior and this is a great example. I see no need to do a rebuild as another reviewer recommended with the exception of a few adjustments. If I want to install CTS pots and a different capacitor later on it is a cheap option but only it the OEM parts wear. Just an awesome guitar

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                  5.0

                  Comfortable Classic, Striking Looks

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                  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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