Demo of some new Gretsch electromatics...

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  1. old mark

    old mark Senior Member

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    I bought a new Gretsch hollowbody Electromatic a few months ago, and liked it so much I bought another one...
    I owned a '60's Chet Atkins many years ago, and these new ones are better made and better players, IMO...
     
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    Cool!
     
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    great rocking guitars and PUs, but do these new 'trons get the depth and breadth like the old ones, especially in a jazz setting with big lush chords? they seem to come close with some amps but not with the full on straight in your face TONE as a vintage would.
     
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    I find they respond very well to adjustment - overall height and pole piece height.
     
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    The old Gretschs were notorious for going out of tune. :facepalm:
     
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    I have a pair of the old 51XX series Electromatics. A 5120 modded with TV Jones Classic pu's and a 5129 that came with the excellent sounding Dearmond 2000 pickups. The 5120 has been my main band guitar for a few years now.
     
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    I regret selling my 5120, but I did just re-buy A 5127!
    Great Guitars.
     
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    I hear ya brother. I own one of these Goldtop Electromatic Pro Jets.
    It can not only compete with my Gibsons, under some set-ups it will stomp them.
    Can't recommend Electomatics enough.
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    About the "OLD" Gretsch guitars...I owned a mid 1960's Chet Atkins Tennessean and it was a good guitar, but my 2 new Electromatics are much more solidly built, with great fast necks and fingerboards. They sound great and are as loud as you want. I use a small Marshall or some old US made Peavey amps. IF you play one you will really want it...be warned.
     
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    This, too...

     
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    I have a trans red 5422 double cut that i absolutely love. The blacktop filtertrons have that nice gretsch twang, it super comfy to play and its fit and finish in perfect. Only thing I've changed is the tuners for some locking sperzals.
     
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    I love my '07 5120. Was just playing it today!

    I did swap out the stock "Gretschbuckers" for some GFS Surf 90's though - much better..

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    Never owned a Gretsch, but they seem like great guitars.
     
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    Mine have simple open tuners, but they are Grover Sta-Tites. They are really solid, and do not slip, despite their simple look...
     
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    How are the necks on these new models? I can see myself with an electromatic, but I am not a fan of the skinny, generic, guitar neck shape #6 that seems to come on all the early ones I tried. I want a big beefy chunkster.
     
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    ''I did swap out the stock "Gretschbuckers" for some GFS Surf 90's though - much better.''
    these are not G-buckers or Filtertrons. personal preference aside, the new Blacktops are essentially the whole point of the current line in question and they certainly have any rawk aspects down pat but so far I've not heard proof that they truly stack up against vintage trons which are deep, full, lush, and immediately in your face about it yet can rock out like nobody's business. these Blackies have brashness in spades, on their own they are v cool and can be tamed to a degree, but seem to lack the rich overt beauty and natural beastiallity of vintage trons or even some other old Gretsch PUs. I really like the new Broadtrons which are on the G2420s and such, they're more Gibsony humbucker-lyke and get slammed erroneously as regurgitated G-buckers but cover a lot more quality ground than those or even possibly the Blackies and can get a but twangy. one niggle I detest on the new models is the cheap-ass looking bubble-oid fretmarkers, but I'll still get one or more if my bass obsession allows it.



     
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    so much GAS
     
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    The Blacktops are a definite improvement over the Gretschbuckers, but they still don't quite get into crisp, Filtertron voicing. I'd say mostly because of the ceramic magnets.
     
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    Well, they are not skinny...They are a decent relatively fat neck, but the frets are very well leveled and finished, and IMO, Gretsch has about the best finished fingerboard going. The Electromatics are a real pleasure to play, and there are all sorts of styles...I'm really not selling them, either...
     
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