Gretsch G5442BDC - Transparent Red

Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar with 5-ply Maple Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Transparent Red
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A Fantastic Hollowbody Bass from Gretsch!

One of the nicest things about Gretsch's G5442BDC short-scale hollowbody electric bass guitar is that, although it gives you that characteristically full acoustic bass sound, it also escapes any kind of sonic pigeon-holing. In other words, whether you play old-time country or are riding the cutting edge of modern rock, you'll have no trouble whatsoever introducing the sound of this incredible bass into your music. Made from 5-ply laminate maple (naturally bright) and adorned with a pair of Gretsch's awesome Black Top Filter'Tron humbuckers, the G5442BDC provides you with the deep, expressive yet controlled sound you'll only get from a short-scale bass. Keep reading to learn all about the Gretsch G5442BDC short-scale hollowbody electric bass.

Gretsch G5442BDC Short-scale Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • 5-ply maple body provides your tone with excellent definition
  • Black Top Filter'Tron Humbuckers bring out the woody warmth of your bass
  • Short-scale neck gives you the comfort you crave and the action you need
5-ply maple body provides your tone with excellent definition

Maple has to be one of the most lively, bright, and colorful tonewoods out there, which is exactly why Gretsch decided to make their G5442BDC short-scale hollowbody bass guitar almost entirely out of this wonderful wood. And although bright and vibrant may not be the kind of terms you'd usually associate with acoustic bass, the G5442BDC's 5-ply laminate maple body and maple neck actually make perfect sense. You see, the size and shape of the G5442BDC's acoustic-style body alone are just what you need for big, thumping, and booming bass sound, but all of that gets overwhelming really quickly. But thanks to the G5442BDC's naturally bright and resonant maple body and neck, you get a perfectly balanced and extremely expressive acoustic bass sound instead.

Black Top Filter'Tron Humbuckers bring out the woody warmth of your bass

A naturally warm and woody sound is just what you'd want out of an acoustic bass, but although the G5442BDC short-scale hollowbody electric bass gives you the right kind of general sound, it's also way too quiet, without the aid of amplification. That's where the G5442BDC's Black Top Filter'Tron humbuckers come in. Far from your typical bass guitar humbuckers, Gretsch's specially designed Black Top Filter'Tron dual-coil pickups to actually provide you with incredibly clarity that extends from an impressively rich open E up to the highest overtones. The result is a round and resonant sound that still provides you with plenty of attack and definition. The result is a well-rounded tone that delivers the character of and acoustic bass, plus the dynamic expression you'll only get from a truly special set of bass guitar pickups.

Short-scale neck gives you the comfort you crave and the action you need

Short-scale basses aren't just great for young bass players or those with small hands. Actually, many bass players prefer the slightly more percussive and brighter sound of a short-scale bass for its unique sound - and the Gretsch G5442BDC short-scale hollowbody electric bass certainly doesn't disappoint! Whether you're playing old-time Americana or modern jazz, if you want just a bit of extra clarity from your bass, without giving up that hollowbody woodiness, then you've got to get your hands on a Gretsch G5442BDC!

Gretsch G5442BDC Short-scale Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar Features:
  • An excellent way to get acoustic bass sound that's tight and focused, without applying tons of EQ
  • Short-scale provides fast action, excellent response, and extra comfort
  • Single-cutaway, 5-ply laminate maple body adds top-end definition to the naturally round and resonant sound of an acoustic-style bass
  • Unique Gretsch Black Top Filter'Tron bass pickups provide you with full and perfectly balanced bass sound
  • Sound-post bracing ensures full sustain and excellent resonance
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard on a smooth 30-1/4"-scale maple neck feels incredibly comfortable and is easy to play
  • Hump-block pearloid inlays, bound F holes, and classic G arrow control knobs all add touches of traditional Gretsch quality craftsmanship
  • Rosewood-based four-saddle Adjusto-Matic bridge and G-cutout tailpiece provide you with the stability you need
Get the warm, woody, and focused sound you love with a Gretsch G5442BDC short-scale hollowbody electric bass guitar from Sweetwater!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Electromatic
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Transparent Red
Body Material 5-ply Laminate Maple
Body Finish Gloss Urethane
Neck Material Maple, set
Neck Shape Electromatic Bass
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Hump-Block
Number of Frets 22, medium jumbo
Scale Length 30.25"
Nut Width 1.6"
Bridge/Tailpiece Rosewood-based 4-saddle Adjusto-Matic
Tuners Enclosed precision tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Black Top Filter'Tron humbucker
Bridge Pickup Black Top Filter'Tron Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 1 x tone
Manufacturer Part Number 2518002515

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I've always loved the Gretsch hollow body guitars and decided to treat myself to this bass. It is beautiful, wonderful and I just love it. It sounds great unplugged and with the two pickups the options are many for different sounds. My favorite so far is to use just the neck pick up for the stand up bass sound for rock-a-Billy type music. The neck is comfortable and the instrument was perfectly set up on arrival.
Music background: Hobbyist

Love my Gretsch bass

I ordered this Gretsch bass from Sweetwater a while back and I love it. I have never ordered any guitar sight un seen, but now I'm glad I did. It surpassed all my expectations. I have been playing bass for about forty years and have always wanted a hollow body bass. The tone is magnificent and is suited for most types of music. Everyone that sees it says how beautiful it is. I love to just open the case and look at it. Another reason I wrote this review was to say how great Sweetwater is to deal with. I have ordered from other online retailers before, but Sweetwater blew them all away. Next time I order musical equipment, it will definitely be from Sweetwater.
Music background: Pro musician, singer, songwriter, amateur recording engineer

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