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    A single-cutaway hollowbody with Filter’Tron pickups and Bigsby tremolo in a special finish.

    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 FSR Electric Guitar comes in a special finish. It's 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.

     
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    Gretsch GuitarsG5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar
     
    4.5

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good feel (11)
    • Good tone (11)
    • Fun to play (10)
    • Good pick up (9)
    • Solid electronics (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (8)
      • Jamming (7)
      • Recording (6)
      • Small venues (4)
      • Rock concerts (3)
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      Best Deal for that Gretsch TONE!

      I consider myself to be a Tele guy through and through, but have been eyeing the 6118 Anniversary Model for a long time, (love the tone and the look of that smoke...Read complete review

      I consider myself to be a Tele guy through and through, but have been eyeing the 6118 Anniversary Model for a long time, (love the tone and the look of that smoke green!)but have never been able to justify the price. I was dead set on buying a custom ash 1958 style Tele when I accidentally found this guitar while trying to show a friend the anniversary model. Subsequently, I read some fantastic reviews and heard Andy destroy it in a PGS video and knew she was calling me.
      Absolutely a great decision. Came well set-up and protected with new strings, beautiful ivory/tint of green color, pickups that beat those on the 5120 and 5122 in every way (both of which I am very familiar with) and a fantastic neck! Plus the pearl inlays and f-hole binding! I love the chimey Gretsch tone I get through my Fender Blues Deluxe. I play ambient style, and the hollowbody resonates beautifully with my delays and reverb. A small amount of overdrive and compression really sweetens up the tone. Crank the drive to 12 o'clock and the filtertrons start snarling! This guitar is a no brainer over any of the other Gretsch's in the price range! Thanks Musicians Friend!

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      Gretsch G5420T FSR: Is That All There Is?

      The three features that distinguish the 5420T FSR from the 5120 it replaces are, Blacktop Filtertron pickups, Cadillac Green finish, and F hole binding. The Blacktop Filtertron pickups lack the definition and...Read complete review

      The three features that distinguish the 5420T FSR from the 5120 it replaces are, Blacktop Filtertron pickups, Cadillac Green finish, and F hole binding. The Blacktop Filtertron pickups lack the definition and articulation of Gretsch High Sensitive Filtertrons. These pickups may be fine for many, but some will also want to upgrade to single coils, Gretsch HS Filtertrons, TV Jones pickups, etc. The F hole binding is a nice addition, but why not take it a step further and add binding to the headstock too? The Bigsby and the Tuneomatic bridge are the same as the 5120. Nothing better, nothing worse. Cadillac Green is a great color, that could be enhanced with gold hardware, and/or a little metal flake in the paint. I own three modded 5120's, I saw no need for a modded 5420, so, it was returned.
      The tone control/volume pot layout is the same as the Gretsch G5120. The Cadillac Green paint job is very well done. When word started to spread on this new FSR, many were hoping the Caddy Green would have a little metal flake in it. It does not. The Gretschbucker pickups of the 5120 have been replaced by Blacktop Filtertrons in the new 5420. The ceramic Blacktops lacked the definition and note articulation I was hoping for from what most called "upgraded" pickups. Had I kept the guitar I ordered, I would have replaced the pickups. The 5420 FSR sports F hole binding, something the 5120 did not have. The chrome hardware of the liscensed Bigsby, pickup surrounds and control knobs, look much like the 5120 this guitar replaces. The Cadillac Green finish and gold hardware, would be a spectacular match. Finally, the Tuneomatic bridge, also called the "rattleomatic" by some, is standard on the 5420, as it was on the 5120.
      The 5420 is a well built guitar, but for many, it will be the platform for mods, as was the 5120.

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      4.0

      Gretsch G5420

      By Truthsayer

      from Mpls, MN

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar:

        Love this guitar. Just wish they had cut the nut right and rounded the edges so that it didn't cut into my hand. Wish it had a bone nut, otherwise a great sounding and playing guitar. Get one!

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        5.0

        Good sound for the money.

        By Retired Folkman

        from Colorado

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Found No Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar:

        Bought this Gretsch on sale at MF as the smoke green color is discontinued. The fit and finish is absolutely first rate. Sound is typical Gretsch, with nice highs on the bridge pickup and great mellow jazz sounds from the neck pickup. I mostly play older 50's and 60's rock, and this guitar is perfect for that genre. The neck is perfect for my hand, and the only change I made was to put different strings on which I think improved the sound. The smoke green does look more cream than green, but in room light it takes on a pale green color at times. look for the smoke green on sale, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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        5.0

        Love my Gretsch

        By Epjd

        from El Paso, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar:

          I love my sunburst finish Gretsch... I love everything about it!

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar with a mysterious color!

          By tjanderson

          from Irvine, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Blues
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar:

            I've been wanting a Gretsch for a while and picked up the smoke green when it was on sale.

            The smoke green color is somewhat mysterious. When I pulled the guitar out of the shipping box my first thought was "This looks more like an aged white". But then as I looked at it more and my eyes adjusted the subtle green color started coming out more and more.

            As far as playability the fit and finish of this guitar out of the box was really good! I played with the stock strings for a couple days and had no fret buzz or rough spots on the neck. After I decided she was a keeper I put on a fresh set of strings and now she sounds even better.

            The pickups have a unique sound that is much different from my Strat or LP so this compliments my those guitars nicely. It also sounds great unplugged for those times I just want to noodle around for a couple minutes.

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Deal for that Gretsch TONE!

            By Peter

            from Frederick, MD

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues
              • Worship leading

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar:

              I consider myself to be a Tele guy through and through, but have been eyeing the 6118 Anniversary Model for a long time, (love the tone and the look of that smoke green!)but have never been able to justify the price. I was dead set on buying a custom ash 1958 style Tele when I accidentally found this guitar while trying to show a friend the anniversary model. Subsequently, I read some fantastic reviews and heard Andy destroy it in a PGS video and knew she was calling me.
              Absolutely a great decision. Came well set-up and protected with new strings, beautiful ivory/tint of green color, pickups that beat those on the 5120 and 5122 in every way (both of which I am very familiar with) and a fantastic neck! Plus the pearl inlays and f-hole binding! I love the chimey Gretsch tone I get through my Fender Blues Deluxe. I play ambient style, and the hollowbody resonates beautifully with my delays and reverb. A small amount of overdrive and compression really sweetens up the tone. Crank the drive to 12 o'clock and the filtertrons start snarling! This guitar is a no brainer over any of the other Gretsch's in the price range! Thanks Musicians Friend!

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar!

              By Elliott Mazur

              from Kennett Square,PA

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Good For George Thorogood
                • Good For Johnny A
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar:

                I'm a big George Thorogood fan, and I don't have nearly enough money to buy a Gibson ES-125 (like he uses). So I replaced that with this, and on my opinion, it made a great replacement. It feels like a Gibson and sounds like a Gibson, you can't ask for any more. The guitar also has a Bigsby! I am also a huge Johnny A. fan and like to use Bigsby's like Johnny does. Overall, this is a great guitar for a great price!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Smoke Green Sweetness

                By Tim

                from Beacon, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good finish
                • Good Tone
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Bridge buzz
                • Uneven Bridge Base

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar:

                  Two-tone Smoke Green Gretsch Anniversaries are some of my favorite looking guitars. Thus, I chomped at the bit when I noticed a FSR 5420 being offered in the finish. Speaking of which, this is an incredibly difficult color to photograph. The MF photos here make it look cream, which it does in direct sunlight. However, in artificial light it takes on a 'key lime' type green, which is the lighter half of the two-tone annies. The finish of the guitar is great. Just wish it would come with the dark green acrylic pick guard instead of the silver. Purely a cosmetic preference of mine, no biggie.

                  Excellent feel and tone. The Blacktop pickups are very nice. I won't be replacing them. Warm yet still crisp. Versatile. The Bigsby is great, no issues. I enjoy the feel of the neck. Frets are well dressed with no sharpness to be found. The nut works for me. The guitar is a joy to play.

                  There are two particular issues with this guitar: the buzz-tastic stock tune-o-matic bridge and the bridge base.

                  Do yourself a favor: order a Compton Compensated Bridge immediately once you receive this beauty and take its measurements. Google them for more information. That is unless you strangely love the sound of the buzz-o-matic. I, for one, do not.

                  Secondly, you will probably need to perform some light sanding to the rosewood bridge base to match the curvature of the arched top. There are ~1/16" gaps between the bridge and body, which unfortunately shouldn't be an issue on a guitar of this caliber. Be careful, but Stew-Mac has a great tutorial as to how to go about this without ruining your finish or bridge base.

                  Very happy with my new smoke green 5420 after these modifications.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gretsch for the masses

                  By Matthew

                  from Ann Arbor,MI

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar:

                    Great for Jazz & surf -switch to flat wounds & get butter warm tone for days

                    Comment on this review

                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice Guitar

                    By xxx

                    from US

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar:

                        Very nice guitar. I bought a used one, hoping it was in great shape. It was, and I'm pleased with the sound of the Gretsch as well as the feel of the neck. Cadillac Green is a sharp color. Since this color is a FSR, I'm hoping the guitar retains a great deal of its value over the years.

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                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Well made beautiful instrument

                        By SKU2

                        from Deep in the Heart ofTexas

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing
                          • Rock Concerts

                          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar:

                          I bought this as a complement to the 5122 thinking maybe a slight change in tone...What a difference...The 5420 stays mellow and sounds much different than the 5122. I would say if you want something to produce the 60's type or country twang try this guitar you will love it. It came pretty well set up and ready to play. the Cadillac Green is a beautiful finish...

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