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Item Reviews for: Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic Hollow Body Electric Guitar  -  GRE 2504812 LIST

Where have you been all my life !!!
By: Maui Ed from Wailuku, HI, USA, calicoharmony@gmail.com      Submitted: 6/5/2014

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General 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 ! Quality 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. Feel 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 Tone 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. Finish 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". Value 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. Playability 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 .
It Has That Great Gretsch Sound!
By: Larry Christopher from Youngstown      Submitted: 11/5/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? It's an absolutely beautiful looking and sounding guitar. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? It's a Gretsch, so you go into it knowing it's not the ideal guitar for everything, but it rocks the oldies, and you can have a blast playing early Beatles, Stray Cats, or even Chet Atkins, if you can hang with Chet. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? It has a nice neck, and it's very light for a guitar of this size. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? The tone was what you expect from the great Gretsch tradition. I had originally bought it to record some Beatles songs and play it on any oldies or whatever, but I rarely play that stuff these days, so the guitar sat there never being touched most of the time. Then I had the idea to set it up for slide guitar, so I jacked up the bridge, put heavy .012 gauge strings on it, reset the intonation, and WOW, what a tone for slide this guitar has! Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The finish I got is walnut, and it looks amazing. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? I got plenty of value. Usually, you think big $$$ when it comes to this brand of guitar. I've played a Country Gentleman many times, and there isn't a real noticeable difference. Playability How was the action out of the box? The action was fine, but now that it's set up for slide, I won't be playing any fast licks on it anytime soon.
Well worth the money !!
By: Greg Hostetler from Knox,in. USA      Submitted: 9/16/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? This is a very nice looking guitar ! I have big hands and it feels really good when I grab ahold of it. I couldn't beat the price with the easy payment plan they gave me. I put different strings on it as soon as I got it but I just like the elixir extra lites anyways. but this played right out of the box and sounded great. nice tones clean or dirty. I'm very glad to have gotten this guitar and maybe looking forward to getting the 12 string later. thanks guys ! :)
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