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Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar  Amber Stain 

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When the Gretsch R&D team recently unearthed a Baldwin-era Filter'Tron pickup with knockout punch and phenomenal twang, they incorporated its DNA into dynamic new "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups, which now endow Electromatic hollow-body instruments such as the G5422T with an electrifying new voice and identity.

The G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar comes in a factory special run finish. It's a sharp Gretsch guitar with a bound double-cutaway hollow body 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.

A double-cutaway hollowbody with Filter'Tron pickups and Bigsby tremolo in special finishes.

FEATURES
  • FSR finish
  • Bound double-cutaway hollowbody
  • Sound-post bracing
  • Elegant bound f holes.
  • Maple neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and hump-block pearloid inlays
  • Silver plexi pickguard
  • "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups
  • Three-position pickup switch
  • Classic "G" arrow control knobs
  • Rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic bridge
  • Bigsby-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece
  • Vintage-style open-back tuners

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Gretsch GuitarsSpecial Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good pick up (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (9)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very happy

I am very happy with this guitar! Here's a fairly in depth review:

The stain is beautiful, the grain of the wood is very nice. The fret inlay is better than...Read complete review

I am very happy with this guitar! Here's a fairly in depth review:

The stain is beautiful, the grain of the wood is very nice. The fret inlay is better than appears in photos. The photos represent the stain color well. It has a nice weight, without center block it's not bad at all. I really love the neck profile, I would say it's a D profile. The flatness helps for playing barre chords frequently which strains my hands on rounder necks.

Pickups sound amazing, Gretsch really has a characteristic unlike other hollow bodies. It's a guitar you can play with tonally; often an electric can become a bridge pickup only guitar, whereas this can be varied and still sound good in my opinion. I haven't had a feedback issue at high volumes, but moderate distortion sounds best. I would go with center block model if you want to turn the gain up high. The Bigsby is really great. Tuning stability hasn't been a problem, any guitar with vibrato is going to slip out of tune. It's staying in tune better and better as I stretch them properly.

Intonation has been a slight issue, the Adjusto Matic is actually a Secured Adjusto Matic. It is drilled in rather than floating, which I assumed it would be. Adjusting the saddles fixed 2/3 stings with issues, low and high E. The others were fine at factory setting (which it seems to be that on a typical floating bridge that the saddles are set specifically in a sort of staggered position, whereas this fixed adjustomatic's saddles were parallel) The one problem string has been the 3rd string G. It was sharp on 12th fret and around 2nd and 3rd frets oddly. I carefully filed the nut slot on the G and it helped a lot. I don't want to file it more but I did get a set of d'addario 3rd wound strings. I'll try them when the time calls. It's mostly better. They say intonation can never be completely perfect for all strings simultaneously. It's pretty close.

It was mostly a barre F# major that just sounded off unless the G string was slightly flat. So I thought maybe the fretwork had an issue, but nothing seems off from the appearance of the fret bar. The neck seems true. The action is perfect so I won't be adjusting the truss. Anyway, filing the nut helped enough, I'm sure the 3rd wound will help. They say these guitars were originally strung with much higher gauge strings and that's why people often complain of tuning instability in these types because most people use 9s and 10s. Nevertheless, this guitar plays and sounds great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The back of the guitar is scratched,bad

The guitar i received has been scratched on the back .
And the tone is not very well , i think. And the price is so
higher. bad purchase experience !!!!

The guitar i received has been scratched on the back .
And the tone is not very well , i think. And the price is so
higher. bad purchase experience !!!!

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5.0

New Amber 5422!!

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from Houston, TX

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I bought the Amber color and it is even more stunning in person than the pictures. It was virtually in tune out of the box and the intonation is good. Great neck, good feel and such a tone. Even my wife commented on how pretty it sounds. Great buy and the price was excellent with the 15% discount they helped me with.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Must Have Instrument

    By 

    from South

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    Pros

    • Classic Gretsch Sound
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everything but metal

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I bought mine when they first came out a couple of years ago. A quick setup by me to make it perfect and it has been one of my prime go-to guitars. Almost all guitars need a pro setup when they are new because manufacturers can't take the extra time to make them perfect during manufacture because time is money. They make them as good as they can through the manufacturing process.

      I love the weight. These are not heavy like many of the American and Japanese made Gretsches. I can wear it all night. Plus the lighter weight gives them a very natural acoustic tone that carries through to the pickups.

      The color is perfect. Gretsch Orange is too loud, but this amber looks like a faded vintage orange, so it's got the "right" look that will please any Gretsch fan. Sometimes I just keep it out on a stand in the studio so I can look at it. Yes, it's that nice.

      The tone is very vintage Gretsch, though not as bassy as a Country Gentleman and not quite as punchy as the Setzer models. It sounds a lot like the Tennessean model. The tone will never disappoint. To compensate for the lower output I often run it into a preamp before my rig just to give it the extra punch like the Setzer model pickups have and that gives it all I need to push my amp(s) dirty channel over the edge. When played through a clean rig it's hard to put it down. The tone is very good.

      What's not so great? I don't know; I haven't found a negative yet. Other than I wish it did not say "Electromatic" on the headstock. Other than that this is as perfect a guitar as you will find. A classy, attractive, great sounding Gretsch hollowbody at a fraction of the cost of the Japanese and American models.

      It's a must have.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very happy

      By 

      from Denver

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      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Intonation

      Best Uses

      • Blues
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock And Roll
      • Rock Concerts
      • Rock Roll
      • Small Venues
      • Surf
      • Tremolo

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I am very happy with this guitar! Here's a fairly in depth review:

      The stain is beautiful, the grain of the wood is very nice. The fret inlay is better than appears in photos. The photos represent the stain color well. It has a nice weight, without center block it's not bad at all. I really love the neck profile, I would say it's a D profile. The flatness helps for playing barre chords frequently which strains my hands on rounder necks.

      Pickups sound amazing, Gretsch really has a characteristic unlike other hollow bodies. It's a guitar you can play with tonally; often an electric can become a bridge pickup only guitar, whereas this can be varied and still sound good in my opinion. I haven't had a feedback issue at high volumes, but moderate distortion sounds best. I would go with center block model if you want to turn the gain up high. The Bigsby is really great. Tuning stability hasn't been a problem, any guitar with vibrato is going to slip out of tune. It's staying in tune better and better as I stretch them properly.

      Intonation has been a slight issue, the Adjusto Matic is actually a Secured Adjusto Matic. It is drilled in rather than floating, which I assumed it would be. Adjusting the saddles fixed 2/3 stings with issues, low and high E. The others were fine at factory setting (which it seems to be that on a typical floating bridge that the saddles are set specifically in a sort of staggered position, whereas this fixed adjustomatic's saddles were parallel) The one problem string has been the 3rd string G. It was sharp on 12th fret and around 2nd and 3rd frets oddly. I carefully filed the nut slot on the G and it helped a lot. I don't want to file it more but I did get a set of d'addario 3rd wound strings. I'll try them when the time calls. It's mostly better. They say intonation can never be completely perfect for all strings simultaneously. It's pretty close.

      It was mostly a barre F# major that just sounded off unless the G string was slightly flat. So I thought maybe the fretwork had an issue, but nothing seems off from the appearance of the fret bar. The neck seems true. The action is perfect so I won't be adjusting the truss. Anyway, filing the nut helped enough, I'm sure the 3rd wound will help. They say these guitars were originally strung with much higher gauge strings and that's why people often complain of tuning instability in these types because most people use 9s and 10s. Nevertheless, this guitar plays and sounds great.

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      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Guitar

      By 

      from MA.

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Kicks Butt Any Amp
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        Buy this guitar today! It will quickly become your go to tone monster. I have owned this for 6 months, and all my buds love it. My pro bud said this is better than the vintage ones he has played. Musicians Friend Has all the best deals on gear! Buy and enjoy!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        5122T orange gretsch happyness

        By 

        from Altoona, Pennsylvania

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Add Roller Bridge

        Best Uses

        • all the time
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        Superb build and excellent neck and looks.
        Will change the bridge with a roller bridge and that will allow the Bigsby tremolo more latitude in movement, smoothness and tuning stability. Its one grate guitar.

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        (0 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        The back of the guitar is scratched,bad

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Pick Up
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            The guitar i received has been scratched on the back .
            And the tone is not very well , i think. And the price is so
            higher. bad purchase experience !!!!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Gorgeous Instrument

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            from Cape May, NJ

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              This beauty is stunning with perfect fit and finish. The pic does not do it justice. It ranks high on looks. The sound can cover many types of music, even Jazz. The neck is very fast and confortable. It's very easy to play. It required no adjustment and was nearly in tune when I received it. It's a keeper.
              I highly recommend Musians Friend for online purchases. They always come thru with price, delivery, the best packing and customer satisfaction can not be beat. Musicians Friend will always be my first choice.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              well done

              By 

              from Jackson, MS

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  delivered quickly, well packaged, not a ding or scratch, polished and clean, well set up with detailed checklist from technician, the fsr amber is prettiest guitar I've ever seen . . . one satisfied obsessive compulsive customer.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Outstanding

                  By 

                  from Niagara Falls,NY.

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • B String Buzzes A Bit
                  • Fret Buzz

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Versitile

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  Great value and bang for the buck.Better tone and quality than Gretsches made in the 60's.

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                  (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Gretsch Sound at a Great Price

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                  from Appomattox, Va.

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                  Pros

                  • Access To Upper Frets
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Has That Gretsch Sound
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • Bridge Base Glued To Top

                  Best Uses

                  • 60's Pop Music
                  • Anything Gretsch
                  • Country music
                  • Electric Folk Music
                  • Jamming
                  • Jazz And Blues
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar is well made and gives you that "Great Gretsch Sound" at a Great Price !!!! I have no complaints about the guitar, but I want to warn potential buyers of this guitar, that if there isn't a piece of foam between the wooden bridge base and the guitar's body and there's a little tag attached to the bridge's adjustment posts that say's something like secure adjustomatic bridge, that the wooden bridge base is actually glued to the top of the guitar so that it can't slide out of position. This feature may be a negative for some but I think it is probably beneficial to most, since most guitarist use lighter gauge strings today than the gauge strings that were used when Gretsch originally designed their guitars.

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