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Gretsch Guitars Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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

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.

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
  • Chrome-plated hardware

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

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Gretsch GuitarsSpecial Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (8)
  • Small venues (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow what a guitar.

By GUITAR 6

from Panama city beach florida

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Pros

  • I Give This Guitar An 11

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

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

I have owned super chets , country club, country gents from the USA. The quality of this is unbelievable good. Made in Korea. The black top filter tron is all Gretsch. it does not sound like a dearmand or the pickups in the 5120. They have that great gretsch sound with a lot of adjustment. My action is 3/64s at the 12th fret. no sharp or uneven frets, guitars was in perfect intonation, take note Gibson. All i did was lower the action and raise the pickups adjust the neck. I could not be any happier with the guitar. Purchased from Musicians Friend. I highly recommend this model.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Gretsch Sound at a Great Price

By Mr. Guitar

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.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!

By Mark

from South East PA

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Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good price
  • Good Tone
  • Great Neck
  • Great Varied Sound
  • Solid Electronics
  • Well made

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Bought an Amber Stain Gretsch 5422 that was a demo...must have had a little glitch, but I can;t find it.
    Long ago, I had an early 60's Gretsch, and this one is easily as good...the build quality actually seems BETTER than the old one, and the neck and playability is as good...these have the second best neck of any guitar I have ever played in over 50 years.

    Great pickups, especially when adjusted and the tuners really hold tune very well. This is a VERY FINE instrument, and if you have any problem with it being made in Korea, forget it - this is among the best guitars I own, versatile, great playing and great sounding!

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is the Holy Grail

    By Marshall Advovate

    from Charleston SC

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    Pros

    • Gobs Of Tone
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Great All-around Guitar

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

      I absolutely love this guitar! Right out of the box you will notice that the color is exquisite! It screams "Play me!" And you will want to, all of the time. It quickly became my number one go-to guitar. When played through my Fender and Ampeg tube amps it sounds so good you don't want to stop playing it, but then when you do put it down you can't wait to pick it up again. The playability is excellent and the neck is fast. As a bonus, with the double-cutaway and the neck being set further out than most Gretsch hollow bodies you can reach all of the way to the top fret. The Pickups can have that Setzer bite and growl when you attack the strings, or they can be sticky sweet and full with a moderate attack. It also does quite well played through an amp with OD or through an OD or Distortion stomp box. The tremolo however is, well, it's a Bigsby, and there is a good reason the Floyd Rose Trem was invented - because the old trems would not stay tuned when you dive them and this one is no exception. The old trems were never designed to modulate more than a few cents. If you crank on it you will constantly be tuning. So just leave the trem alone and view it as a pretty ornament and you'll be fine. I gave the guitar a 5, but if the ratings went to 10 that would have been my choice. This is probably the coolest guitar you'll ever own.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very happy

      By Rob

      from Denver

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      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.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Blown away!

      By Aardvarkbark

      from Central IL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

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

        Not only was I blown away by the perfect shape of this guitar, the quality of tone and ease of playing surpassed anything I've ever owned. It's a dream to play. Everything about this transaction with the seller was 100%. I'm totally satisfied with this deal, and saved $$ too.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Must Have Instrument

        By Marshall Advovate

        from Charleston SC

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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.

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gorgeous

          By bluesfer

          from Bogota - Colombia.

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          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 Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            I am truly blown away with this beauty.
            I had my doubts at the beginning with the guitar being made in Korea, but once i saw her and play her, all my concerns went out the window.
            The color, finishes, oh man.... Are fantastic.
            As for the tone, bite and sound, ... Impressive very impressive. Sound amazing even unplugged!!!
            The sound of this beauty is so versatile that you can't only play rockabilly with it, you can cover pretty much every kind of music genre, i guess in hard rock i'd draw the line.
            The guitar arrive to my hands in perfect intonation, i just had to make so little adjustments, the action is just perfect.
            I got her out to a gig the very next day a got her...no issues there, like I would have played her all my life.
            The cherry on top to my Parker, PRS, Fender and Gibson arsenal.

            (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Guitar

            By JoeGuitar

            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!

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Gorgeous Instrument

              By Sluggo

              from Cape May, NJ

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              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.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                well done

                By elektricsammy

                from Jackson, MS

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                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.

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Outstanding

                    By Bob

                    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.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wow! Just wow!

                    By Bryan

                    from undisclosed

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                    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 Special Edition G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                      I have wanted an orange DC Gretsch for some time. When I saw this FSR here on MF, I bit the bullet and grabbed one and I was blown away. The finish is that of a vintage, nicely aged Western Maple Stain finish. I did mod a few things as I am making this a dream Gretsch (TV Jones Classics) and after a setup and pickup swap (The Black Top Filtertrons are stellar) this is a joy to play and perform with. Grab this while they still have it.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      5122T orange gretsch happyness

                      By 73stratman64

                      from Altoona, Pennsylvania

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                      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.

                       
                      5.0

                      New Amber 5422!!

                      By Randy

                      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.

                        (0 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        The back of the guitar is scratched,bad

                        By haozhou28

                        from Detroit , MI

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                        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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