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Gretsch G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body - Black Reviews

5.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
  • from Morristown, TN March 19, 2016

    Gretsch G5420T Fantastic Guitar

    I recently purchased this Gretsch G5420T (in black) from Sweetwater. All I can say is WOW! I am totally amazed with this guitar. I just can't seem to be able to put it down. I've owned a lot of electric guitars in my 40+ years of playing, and this Gretsch is by far the best of any I've ever owned. I even owned a 1959 Chet Atkins Gretsch for many years and it never played or sounded like this Gretsch. The fretting on the G5420T is smooth and only requires an easy touch. It has that distinctive Gretsch sound and then some. I primarily play fingerstyle, (progressive Chet songs and Jazz songs, etc...), so most of the time I use the neck pickup and back off the volume a little bit and put the master tone at about seven. I play it through my Fishman Loudbox Artist (also purchased from Sweetwater) with all the EQ knobs set at neutral (center) and I put a set of D'Addario EXL115w Nickel Wound Medium (wound 3rd) strings on it. With this setup I get a very sweet and warm sound that I've always heard in my head. The only thing I had to do to this guitar is adjust the intonation on the low E and A, they were way off, but the rest of the strings were spot on. To sum it up, this is one of the best purchases that I have ever made. I would recommend this guitar.

  • from Upland, Ind. January 1, 2016Music Background:
    gospel, folk, country and some blue grass.

    Very good

    I have wanted one of these for quite some time now. I mostly play flat top guitars, but I had nothing like this by Gretsch. With one of my amps this guitar shines and the tone and looks are simply wonderful. Greg Baum is my go yo guy at Sweetwater, this will work for me for many years.

  • from DeSoto, MO March 26, 2014Music Background:
    Serious Hobbyist Guitar-Aholic

    Gretsch G5420T Get more than you pay for

    OK, Got this last year as a self gift item. Research and trying a couple at the local shop (Price there was crazy) sealed my fate. I wanted a guitar that would have that smooth country sound I was looking for. This one delivered all that and more. Easy run with a clean responsive action, nice setup by the folks at Sweetwater (those techs hit it on the mark). It arrived on pristine condition. Checked the tuning and it was beautiful. sounds good through my Fender amp and the Line 6 as well. Great tone, vibrato is flawless, sustain is amazing for a hollow-body. Provides beautiful country rhythm and lead tones. If you get the urge to soften things and lay down some classical lines it can handle that beautifully. I usually find nothing to be perfect but this gets 5 stars for being so darn close. If you want classic look and feel with tone that holds up even when you get maniacal with distortion in your wild rocker moments this one has it all. You won't find another like this or a better deal anywhere.

  • from Broomfield, Colorado February 7, 2013Music Background:
    Pro guitarist/recording

    New age of Vintage

    I'm a collectedr and was blown away at the quality and craftsmanship of these Gretsch guitars. I'm usually a "buy American" guy , so I was curious what would happen when Fender/Gretsch plant popped up around the world. I gotta say" top notch". We may be in a new age of vintage and AFFORDABLE!!! Snatch 'em up kids... While they're still this cheap!!! I already got 2....

  • from Dallas, Texas February 5, 2015Music Background:
    retired pro musician

    Beautiful guitar beautiful tone great playability, having some trouble staying in tune

    Beautiful guitar awesome gretsch sound. G string is having some trouble staying in tune. Going to see if perhaps break in period is needed. Great value.

  • from Hermleigh, TX USA June 4, 2013Music Background:
    Singer / Songwriter

    Gretsch Electromatic Hollowbody

    I love this guitar! Sounds great. Easy to play and its beautiful to look at. No complaints whatsoever. Thanks Sweetwater.

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