Gretsch Electromatic 5422 hollowbody double cut...

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  1. old mark

    old mark Senior Member

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    Just got this one, it was listed as used, but it's a demo...It was set up near perfectly out of the box. I wanted to change the strings to my favorite Ernies, but every time I take it out of the case to do that, I end up playing it...maybe I'll change them later this week...Finish is Amber Stain. Pickups are BlackTop FilterTrons. The Electromatics are their "lower end" guitars, made in Korea, and this one lists for around $1300...not really low end, IMO.

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    Comparing it to the original US made early 60's Gretsch I once owned, I find this is at least as good, and some features - and overall quality - are better. I have no idea what the higher end Gretsches are like if these are the "cheap" ones.

    Beautiful very smooth and well finished neck, board and frets, GREAT feel, solid quality and great and varied sounds.

    Still fooling with it and I might change the bridge, but the only problem I have had with it was the bottom strap button was loose. I screwed it back in...problems solved.

    Along with my Elitist Casino and Samick Artist Series jazz guitar, this is my 3rd full hollow body guitar...I'm liking them all a lot!

    Recommended very highly! :dude:

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  2. Electroman67

    Electroman67 Senior Member

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    Congrats on that beauty, do you have a certain bridge in mind? if so, why that one? I'm curious as i have a G5120 and this is my only floating bridge guitar as well as my only hollowbody, i love it. HNGD to you.
     
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    rocking bar bridge
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    why?cause it's a chunk of metal.like a Jr.intonates fine on it's own.rock solid.rings like a bell sustains forever no moving parts
    so they finally made it in orange too hmm
    i had 2 of the G512* series Electromatics with the dearmond single coils.
    then they went to humbuckers which were bland..horrid.
    the pro series is great though.different bracing,pickups ect.
    least you didn't leave the foam under the bridge like some people :cool:
     
  4. old mark

    old mark Senior Member

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    I'm thinking of either a rocking bar or roller bridge as above...or a Compton, which are wildly popular with Getsch people...

    A Powerful Custom Way To Improve Your Guitar

    I really prefer fewer moving parts on any bridge, and I'm leaning toward the rocking bar..but still investigating the Comptons - they make a variety of them.

    I have adjusted the pups and the pole pieces and I think they are just great. They are pretty responsive to even slight adjustment, and a little elevation makes a very noticeable improvement.

    I think the factory bridge is not the best possible, although it's not bad...It is very stable when using the Bigsby and the guitar really holds tune very well. I have no real complaint about this guitar at all, and if all the Electromatics are this good, I see little reason to buy the pro series.

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    RaSTuS26 Senior Member

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    Cool score Mark, glad you're so happy with it, enjoy and HNGD.
     
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    dennis g Senior Member

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    I have it's predecessor, the 5122dc and agree about fit/finish/etc. When I took it to my luthier for an initial setup, his only comment was "this is a really nice guitar". Jonesing for a Caddy Green 6118 Annie at the moment, but this will do in the interim.

    Congrats on a great find. :applause:

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    Congrats! She's a beauty!

    I've got a 5120, and just put GFS Surf 90's in. (The stock Gretsch humbuckers were way too muddy.) These new pickups really brought the guitar to life!


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  8. old mark

    old mark Senior Member

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    These damn Gretsches are addictive, too...Just what I needed...

    Hell, it's only money, I guess.

    I was thinking about an older Anniversary, too...my guitar player in '64 had a double green one...

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    dennis g Senior Member

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    You mean this little beauty?

    G6118 Anniversary
     
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    old mark Senior Member

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    Yeah, Dennis, that's it...but bought his in 1963, so I don't know what anniversary that would have been. He played it through a little Ampeg with the best reverb on the planet.

    It was a good little band, and we got to play behind some good talented recording artists of the day who came through promoting their latest singles...We were all pretty accomplished and never had a problem covering anyone's songs after just hearing it once or twice. I really loved that band...too bad we could not stay together longer, but the damn draft got some and I moved away...

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    My next guitar is either gonna be one of those green Annie's or a Ric Fireglo 360/12. After those two, I'm done...(well, you know LOL) :laugh2:
     

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