Gretsch G5420LH Electromatic Hollowbody Left-handed - Black

Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Left-handed, with Maple Top, Back, and Sides; Maple Neck; Rosewood Fretboard; and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Black
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Classic Gretsch Tone for Left-handed Players

Take home the left-handed Gretsch G5420LH Electromatic single-cutaway hollowbody electric guitar to get that unmistakable Gretsch twang. Incredibly affordable, yet laden with professional features, the G5420LH Electromatic single-cutaway hollowbody boasts vintage-voiced Gretsch "Black Top" humbucking pickups and an Adjusto-matic bridge that has become synonymous with Gretsch. Three-way pickup switching and four controls, including a master volume, ensure you'll have no problem conjuring the legendary tones the G5420LH hollowbody was built for.

Gretsch G5420LH Electromatic Left-handed Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Bright and spanky "Black Top" humbucking pickups
  • Exceptionally flexible electronics
  • Gretsch twang and punch for lefties
Bright and spanky "Black Top" humbucking pickups

Gretsch uncovered a set of Baldwin-era Filter'Tron pickups with incredible punch and twang. They reverse engineered those special pickups to create the set of "Black Top" Filter'Tron humbucking pickups that you'll find loaded in this G5420LH. With their robust character and trademark cut, the Gretsch Black Top Filter'Tron humbuckers keep you ready for everything from rockabilly and country to blues and classic rock. They're quickly becoming very popular at Sweetwater.

Exceptionally flexible electronics

The Gretsch G5420LH Electromatic allows you to pull off a lot of tonal tricks. Volume controls for each pickup help you create a perfect balance between warmth, bite, and brilliance when both pickups are engaged. The master tone control lets you fine-tune your sound once you have the pickups dialed in. And thanks to the master volume control, you can take your tube amp from clean to growling without changing the balance between your pickups. And of course you'll get sweet tone from the neck and bridge pickups individually.

Gretsch twang and punch for lefties

Finding exactly the right guitar can be difficult for left-handed players. But Gretsch's G5420LH Electromatic hollowbody electric guitar puts the company's unmistakable tone in a left-handed hollowbody that's sure to please. With top-end features like the "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups and expertly applied body, F-hole, and fretboard binding, left-handed players searching for the powerful tones of Brian Setzer, Billy Duffy, and Duane Eddy can rejoice in the quality of their new guitar.

Gretsch G5420LH Electromatic Left-handed Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Left-handed single-cutaway hollowbody electric guitar
  • Laminated maple top, back, and sides add snap and definition to your sound
  • "Black Top" Filter'Tron humbucking pickups deliver exceptional punch and twang
  • Sound-post bracing helps enhance sustain
  • Binding on fingerboard and soundholes adds class and distinction
Left-handed players will love their Gretsch G5420LH.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Single-cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Left-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material 5-ply Maple
Top Material 5-ply Arched Maple
Color Black
Body Finish Gloss Urethane
Neck Material Maple, Set
Neck Shape U profile
Radius 12"
Scale Length 25.5"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnails
Number of Frets 22, Medium Jumbo
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material NuBone
Bridge/Tailpiece Rosewood-Based Adjusto-Matic Bridge, tailpiece
Tuners Vintage Style Open-Back
Neck Pickup Black Top Filter'Tron Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Black Top Filter'Tron Humbucker
Controls Master volume, master tone, neck volume, bridge volume, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Strings .010-.046
Manufacturer Part Number 2516021506

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First things first- Sweetwater is amazing. The guitar arrived quickly and in great shape, and my sales engineer has been working with me for a few years now, and it is always an excellent experience. When I asked to return this dud, there was no issue at all. This isn't the worst guitar I've ever played- that award belongs to a no-name left-handed green strat made from a straight chunk of low-grade plywood with what was apparently refrigerator magnets for pickups. It sounded bad, it looked bad, and it was even unpleasant to touch as if some unseen haunting of careless workmanship was imbedded in the warped neck and protruding frets. This Gretsch has THAT thing beat in spades. But for this higher price? Well, this guitar suffers from a whole range of shortcomings that make it a poor value, in my opinion. What is great about this guitar- 1) The looks are impeccable. Flawless finish, sleek design, and those inlays really give it class. 2) The fretboard feels very nice. Easy to bend a note thanks to the classy looking fixed bridge (It looks like a floating bridge but it is actually locked in place) 3) It's light enough to reduce strain, but heavy enough to feel solid, if that makes sense to you. It's well balanced, for sure. Now, here is why I'm returning this guitar- 1) There was something rattling on the guitar. Any hard strike on the d or g strings would cause a very tinny and unpleasant rattle to occur. I could also hear higher harmonic rattles on every string. It's probably an easy fix, but I think it would require placing tape on the intonation screws of the bridge. Also, the nut was binding on the b and g strings so much that it wouldn't change tuning unless I pressed my thumb between the nut and the tuning peg. I know that's a minor fix as well, but the guitar definitely already needs a major setup- I know that's common with new guitars, but I usually expect that with cheaper instruments. I haven't had to have a nut filed on a guitar to accommodate the factory-installed strings! I feel Ibanez and Epiphone guitars come with less need for adjustment, especially at this price point. 2) These "blacktop" pickups are very muddy and felt very dull. The snarly snap that makes for that great country-fried Gretsch sound is missing. They do sound balanced, and they are not unpleasant, but they really seem to lack character. I would likely replace them with some TV Jones Classic Filtertrons to replace that sparkle these blacktops exclude. This is a $200 upgrade, plus the time and energy of dealing with the wiring through a hollowbody guitar, all for a sound that I feel should be included on a guitar at this price. 3) The written description talks about a "U shaped" neck profile. This is the closest to a "wizard" neck I've seen on a jazz box. It is very much a flattened "D" shape and it felt very unnatural in my hand. If you're coming into this jazz box from a more hard rock angle, you might find this guitar way more comfortable than I did. But when I hear "U" shaped, I'm expecting a girl with some meat on her bones, if you can dig what I mean. For the price this guitar goes for, I expected to have a much better time opening the box and jamming out. Instead, I'm wishing I had gotten an Ibanez or Epiphone jazzbox for less money with less trouble in the quality control. It looks great and Sweetwater truly does great retail, but this Gretsch is going back!
Music background: Amateur guitarist for 25 years!
See also: Hollowbodies, Gretsch, Gretsch Hollowbody Guitars, Gretsch Left-handed Electric Guitars