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Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic Hollow Body Electric Guitar

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Product Description

Classic Gretsch style, tone, quality, and vibe! The Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic Hollow Body Electric Guitar embodies what Gretsch is all about at a great price! With a bound double-cutaway hollow body featuring sound-post bracing and elegant bound f holes, the G5422TDC has great chime and a vocal like tone that is very pleasant to the ears. A maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and hump-block pearloid inlays add to the classic bite, warmth and overall look of this high quality instrument.

Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic HollowBody Electric Guitar Features

  • Three-position pickup switch
  • Classic G arrow control knobs
  • Rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic bridge and Bigsby-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece
  • Vintage-style open-back tuners and chrome-plated hardware
  • Black Top Filter’Tron pickups for great chime, bite and punch
When the Gretsch R&D team recently unearthed a Baldwin-era Filter’Tron pickup with knockout punch and phenomenal twang, they incorporated its DNA into dynamic new ‘Black Top’ Filter’Tron pickups, which now endow Electromatic hollow-body instruments such as the G5422TDC with an electrifying new voice and identity.

Product Specifications
Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic Hollow Body Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body Material: 5-Ply Maple
  • Body Shape: Double Cutaway
  • Body Finish: Gloss Urethane, Gloss Urethane, Gloss Urethane
  • Body Depth: 2.25 inches (57 mm)
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.6875 inches (43 mm)
  • Scale Length: 24.5 inches (62.2 cm)
  • Bridge Pickup: Black Top Filter'Tron
  • Neck Pickup: Black Top Filter'Tron
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle
  • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome-Plated
  • Bridge: Rosewood-Based Adjusto-Matic Bridge
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage Style Open-Back
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Maui Ed from Wailuku, HI, USA,
Where have you been all my life !!!
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I have been playing for over 40 years 5 of which as a full time gig. I have owned 20-30 Guitars in most price points (excluding collectibles and vintage)and at one time or the other a good portion of available major brands and through out them all I have NEVER been so completely Blown away as I am now with my Electromatic. I am so completely astounded, excited, enthusiastic, and impressed that I can't put the Gretsch down. I am so very regretful that I took so long to find my guitar soul-mate !
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Not only is the Gretsch extremely well built with obvious attention tonute detail in fit and finish it is a visual work of art, a living sculpture that begs to be played. I chose the walnut stain which makes the pickups and pickguard "pop"in a very elegant contrast. I have found not only what is described as the "Gretsch Sound" but that the guitar is by no means "locked" into that tone alone. I have thus far (2.5 months)found that I particularly favor the Fender Mustang Floor Amp. The meld of the Gretsch tones, including the identifiable "Gretsch Sound" and the modeling capabilities of the Mustang deliver the tone characteristics for almost all of the musical genres out there. The Gretsch handles mellow to metal, Les Paul to Leslie West, Folk to Funk, and acoustic to acid. The only time I switched back to my Gibson ES was when I needed very long sustains. I have also been very pleasantly surprised with how "clean" the Gretsch sounds with no muddiness on full chords.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Once I got used to the unfamiliar control layout I find the control, weight and balance, and size to be very comfortable. The size of the Electromatic belies the light weight when compared to a solid LP or a Semi-hollow ES. The size and weight distribution is more comparable to my acoustic Cumberland. Out of the box the neck had such good action that I immediately restrung with heavier strings 11.5 -54 re-adjusted the neck tension (with a little bit of a learning curve caused by my unfamiliarity with the Bigsby) so that I can switch to bottle slide, from regular rhythm and back again with only a slightly more difficult bend when playing lead. My only gripe is the placement of the output jack which is not unique to Gretsch. Some day the entire industry will come to the realization that there are other locations on the guitar to place the output jack. The generally accepted placement (bottom, straight line)exposes the connection to cutouts,hum,and physical damage playing seated
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The tones can be all of the above except for "thin", which I suppose could be accomplished with amp settings. This range of tones allows for extreme flexibility in genre. The wide range of tones the Electromatic can produce makes it a truly all-purpose go to.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The fit and finish is by far the best I have come across including guitars that cost 3x as much. Out of the box I could find NO problems, mistakes, blemishes, or "holidays".
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
The price/value was a double edged sword for me. I shyed away from the Electromatic for years because of the, relative, low price. In the back of my mind I fell into the common misperception that price equals quality. On the other edge I am astounded at how wrong that way of thinking was. I can truthfully say that Gretsch is one of the best guitars I have come across, if not THE best, without hesitation or equivocation.
How was the action out of the box?
The action was so good I immediately put on a much heavier gauge string set from the 9.5 - 42 it came with to 11.5 - 54 which added the capability for playing slide .
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