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Gretsch G5120 Electromatic Hollow Body - Orange Reviews

5.0 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • from Ormond beach florida August 27, 2011Music Background:
    Hobbyist and player

    Gretsch g5120

    Great guitar. It was delivered on time. Can't beat sweet water 4 all your needs A speical thanks sales engineer Josh estock

  • from Texas July 9, 2011Music Background:
    Hobbyist, former amature gig player.

    A Legendary Guitar

    Like the others before me I love this guitar. First, this is the first time for me to buy for Sweetwater and I could be more pleased. My guitar arrived when promised, and packed really well and secure. When taking the guitar out of its packing material, I was in awe. It is like seeing an angel appear from the clouds, it revealed itself in its orange body and beige binding, shinny and new like a newborn child. Man, what a looker. Then after a complete look over the fit and finish I found absolutely no flaws, and yes, it was the same guitar as pictured on the sweetwater website! I made notes and compared. This guitar is flawless. Ok now I give it a quick tune and acoustically play a few chords and then a couple of runs, and man, it feels like butter. The neck is super thin and fast! easy to handle some stretchey chords, for sure. I love this neck and I have meat hooks for hands.
    Next, I plug in to my Fender Mustang III amp and dial in a smooth creamy clean tone. ******, sweet. it was such a surpise to hear those buttery tones from the stock pickups. Next I set a little more gain and get a great VOX AC 30 sound, Wow, even better chugging chords, and put a little more distortion and compression and getting some knarley raunchy Neil Young crunch.

    An absolute pleasure to play, and I will continue to find great tones with this guitar, I am in love. I have played a lot more expensive Gibs and Fender, Schecters, Ibanez etc, but this guitar makes noises that these will never get. Get one. You'll love it.

  • from Central Louisiana April 8, 2010Music Background:
    Guitar & Bass since 1964

    Best Guitar Bargain Ever

    The photos never do this guitar justice. Transparent nitrocellulose finish with gorgeous maple grain. And then you plug it in. Every style of music sounds sweeter coming from this axe. Tear-dropping blues and country, even a jaw-dropping crunch machine. I've owned so many Fenders, Gibsons, Epis, etc., but I've never loved one the way I love this guitar. The action is a dream, like playing music in heaven. I once believed I could never justify $3K for a Gretsch and then I found this and bought one immediately. If you have ever wanted to add that rich Gretsch sound to your arsenal but can't afford to think about one, or if you think that the 51 series guitars are just knockoffs, forget that stuff. The craftsmanship, tone, even the setup out of the box are everything you should expect from a Gretsch. And the real Bigsby will make grown men cry. BUY THIS GUITAR!

  • from Omaha, NE January 15, 2010Music Background:
    Professional Musician, 33 years

    I love this guitar!

    Got this Guitar for Christmas after lusting after it since it came out. Figured I get one, swap out the p/u's for a pair of TV Jones, and I'd have a reasonable facsimele of a Gretsch. I was wrong-it sounds fine the way it is! I'm not saying it wouldn't benefit from the change out, but as of now I'm in no hurry. It sings when you back off the throttle, and it really growls when its cranked! The only "issue" I have, and its very small, is minor tuning issues, which I attribute to the Bigsby, and the fact that my usual weapon of choice is a Telecaster, so I'm used to its tuning stability. The finish is gorgeous (orange stain) and it plays like a dream. All in all,and this is just my opinion, the "bang/buck" factor is off the chart!

  • from Fl July 28, 2008Music Background:
    40 yrs Rock & Roll, Blues, Country,

    "That Gretsch Sound" It Has It For Less $$$

    I have two Gretsch The Country Classic & Tenn. Rose 1962HT models and for the money on this Gretsch is great. I had a chance to order the 125th Anniversary Limited Edition they call the Baby White Flacon and what a nice built guitar for the price and had the Silver plexi pickguard with Gretsch on it and it was signed by Fred Gretsch IV himself. Soon as I got it I took it to my music store and had Flat Wounds put on it cause thats the strings I Like cause they give me that Beatle sound and they stay in tune alot longer and the Tech at the music store stated that gretsch out did themself with this guitar at this price and the set up was perfect that Gretsch did on it I annd nothing needed done to it. So that night I played it for four sets and all I can say is if you don't have $2,000 or $2,500 to spend and want that Great Gretsch Sound, BUY THIS BABY. I am sorry but Gretsch only made limited edition of the Baby White Flacon and it is a guitar that is WOOOOOOOOOOW. Think gretsch needs to get away from the Clear Pick guard. Or replace it with the Gretsch Pick Guard it will make your guitar look like the $2,000 gretsch. BUY IT YOU WILL BE HAPPY WITH THIS GRETSCH AND SAVE ALOT OF $$$.

  • from Cedar Rapids, Iowa September 9, 2010Music Background:
    past professional musician and now for peace of mind!

    always wanted a Gretsch!!

    I grew up listening to Duane Eddy and Chet Atkins. I was always intrigued by their Gretsch guitars. I have been a bass and rythm guitar player for over fifty years and when I saw the orange Gretsch G5120......had to have one. It is beautiful and sounds great. I am still working on that signature rich twangy sound of Duane Eddy. Still a rocker at 66!!

  • from Kansas City, MO January 12, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Gorgeous axe, beautiful tone

    I love this guitar, and feel it was a wise choice. Orange is the definitive color (I dislike the gold hardware on the white one, have never seen gold wear well). The black one is pretty, too, but this color is just stellar, and what I think of when I think Gretsch.
    I got mine at Guitar Center, but was unhappy with the set-up. When they lowered the action I had some bad buzzes around the 12th fret. I had my own guy dial in the intonation and lower the action and adjust the truss. I will probably go with a bone nut later, and a bigger spring for the Bigsby, but this one works just fine now that I'm used to it. Love the sound of the double-coil Gretsch pickups, even though a lot of folks are upgrading to TV Jones pickups, I'll have to hear them first, because as it is it sounds great. Thought about getting locking tuners, but if I lube the nut and stretch well enough while winding, I don't think I'll need to. 2 weeks into new strings and it doesn't really go out of tune anymore with the tremolo bar use.
    Great value!

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