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Gretsch G5191BK Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollow Body

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Truly One of the Reigning Kings of Punk Rock!
Tim Armstrong’s legendary status stretches way back to his punk-ska roots with iconic bands Operation Ivy and Rancid. One thing has maintained and that is his hollowbody. Gretsch’s Electromatic Tim Armstrong hollowbody screams with that punchy punk rock tone we’ve been in love with since the early days.

Gretsch Tim Armstrong G5191BK Features
  • A Solid Punk Rock Hollow Body from a Living Legend
  • Single Cutaway Laminated Maple Body
  • 1-Piece Maple Neck with 21 fret Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Black Top Filter Tron Neck and Bridge Pickups
  • Flat Black Matte Urethane Finish
  • Grover Gold-Plated Die-cast Tuners
The Tim Armstrong Electromatic Features parallel tone bars, sound post mounted under the top of the 17 inch wide body, harp tailpiece and a pair of Black Top Filter’Tron pickups for maximum sustain and tuning stability. Don’t forget the Grover tuners, big block fingerboard inlays and gold-plated hardware set against the ominous FLAT BLACK urethane finish.

Other Unique Features
  • Block Acrylic Inlay Position Markers
  • Gold-Plated Hardware
  • White Graphite Nut
  • Black Headstock Overlay
  • Gold Plated Pickup Bezels
  • Harp Tailpiece
  • Pearloid Gretsch Headstock Inlay
  • 4-Ply Bound Top and Back
  • 3-Ply Bound Fingerboard and Headstock
  • Single-Ply Bound F-Holes
  • Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Tim Armstrong Signature on Truss Rod Cover
Punk rock war-lord, Tim Armstrong makes no apologies that the music radiating from his soul at times can be loud & ferocious. His guitar tone alone has become as infamous as his world renown persona.
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Product Specifications

Gretsch G5191BK Tim Armstrong Electromatic Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Model Name: G5191BK Tim Armstrong Signature Electromatic Hollow Body
  • Model Number: 251-6000-(506)
  • Series: Electromatic Collection
  • Category: Hollow Body Guitars
  • Body Style: Single Cutaway
  • Scale Length: 24.33 inches (618 mm)
  • Top: Laminated Maple
  • Bracing: Parallel Tone-Bars with Sound Post
  • Back: Laminated Maple; 17 inches Wide
  • Sides: Laminated Maple; 2.75 Deep
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16 inches (43mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12.5 inches Radius (320 mm)
  • Pickups: 2 Black Top Filter Tron Pickups
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle:
    • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
    • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls:
    • Volume 1. (Neck Pickup)
    • Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup)
    • Tone 1. (Neck Pickup)
    • Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
    • Master Volume
  • Bridge: Rosewood-Based Adjusto-MaticTM Bridge
  • Tailpiece: Harp Tailpiece
  • Hardware: Gold-Plated
  • Finish: Matte Urethane
  • Frets: 21 Jumbo (Plus Zero Fret)
  • Machine Heads: Grover Gold-Plated Die-cast Tuners

Customer Reviews

Review: Ironsides Submitted: 6/16/2016

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.



Great addition to the collection
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The pictures do not do this guitar justice. The flat black with gold hardware look amazing together. The production was nearly flawless. Action come perfect out of the box, no additional setup needed, played great out of the box. The pickups are super hot, really cut through the entire band. I could go on forever, if you're on the fence, I suggest getting it. Just be clear that it's a wider body, so you'll need a 17" case for it, the standard 16" will not fit it.
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Review: Jesse Submitted: 6/5/2015

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.



Punk rock gretsch...

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Couldn't find this guitar in the stores so I pulled the trigger and ordered online. I don't listen to Rancid, so I bought this guitar more because it's a baldwin-era gretsch with a cool finish and filtertron pups. The pickups are crisp and clear and take dirt well, love the control over tone with all the knobs. I am impressed with these blacktop pups. They sound very close to the hs filters in my 5120. I see no need to change them. The top is thicker than my 5120, binding all over the place, beautiful headstock and wider body. The action was high and I set the intonation, but otherwise no work needed. Here's the thing, the flat finish does wear off leaving shine spots where your arms and hands come into contact. Like on the neck and upper body, and where I rest my pinky or fingers while picking. It looks cool to me but something you should be aware of before buying. Tuning is pretty stable, never seems to go way off. Body is balanced and neck plays smooth and fast. Love th

Review: Eli Rainwaters, Producer Submitted: 8/21/2012

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Sexiest looking guitar of all time.

Only had it about 3 weeks, but I was very suprised about how heavy the guitar was considering it is a Hollowbody. Very solid construction, the tuners are really good quality. Fretboard feels great.

So far so good, as I said, the construction feels very good adn solid, the hollowbody wood is far thicker than 90% of the other hollowbodies I have ever played.

Your general opinion of this product.

Here are my thoughts good and not so good: Let's start with the most important "not so good": No case, a guitar this great looking needs one, factory recommends Gretsch 6242L for a 17" hollowbody msrp $149.99 not avail on AMS unfortunately. Knobs are plastic it would be worth it to upgrade to the Gretsch gold plated knobs. It's made in Korea, so expect very minute cosmetic flaws, mine was a ultra tiny scratch in the neck binding and paint on the 2nd fret, and there was what looked like lint that got onto the paint while it was wet on the bottom side of the neck around the 3rd fret. But again, it was ultra tiny, and if I wasn't going over it witrh a magnifying glass, would never have caught it. Ok the Good, outside of that this guitar looks amazing, my chic saw it and said it was the sexiest music instrument she had ever seen, it sounds great, the sustain is money. My band plays traditional rock n roll, and this is perfect tone for it.

The neck is ultra comfortable, not thin and fast, but not thick and bulky like a LP 50's neck, perfect for rythm guitar. But you will not get very much upper fret action for Soloing about the 15th fret cause of the body, I guess if your playing country or punk you wouldn't go that high up, but for those who use all aspects of the neck, this may be an issue.

If you have read any reviews on the guitar, they all comment on the pick ups as not being as high output as Gibsons. this is true, but they do have a really awesome crunchiness to them and a great midrange tone when playing clean. I personally though, am having the proshop install some TV Jones Power Tron Plus pick ups before recording with this guitar.

The Paint is awesome flat "Black" It actually looks more like a super dark green, but still look absolutely great, especially with the gold hardware.

Right out of the box, the guiatr was good to go, just very minor set up and intonation. However, the strings were a little too thick for my taste, so I swapped them out for some Blue Steel lights.

Review: Zisko Zarthrustra from Hollywood, CA, United States Submitted: 8/15/2010

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Not just an Electromatic

Excellent construction and solid components. I look forward to owning this for a very long time!

Even thoe I have had it for a short time I am sure it will last.

Your general opinion of this product.

Best Electromatic to date and built to play.

This guitar is not heavy, just a bit bigger in the body. The neck is perfect and smooth to get around on. All controls are the same as any other gretsch.

The pick ups sound amazing out of the box. Not too much high end from what I thought it would be. Excellent with a big verb and echo or just some distortion. Best of any style you may want to play.

The look of the guitar is great. Baldwin Era tail piece is flawless against that flat black look.

Gretsch is great getting it pretty much there! Just had to remove the foam under the bridge and finish intonating.

Review: Johnny L from Illinois, anonmyous50204 Submitted: 7/19/2010

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


5191 TA ---awesome

made better than my japanese gretsch.

Just got it.

Your general opinion of this product.

One of the nicest hollowbodies I've ever owned. This is definitely not your standard Electromatic.

slim, fast neck. good action for a hollowbody.

Classic Gretsch tone. Sounds a bit different than my Terada factory 6120, but still sounds great.

near perfect finish. slight imperfection on bass side neck binding.

Needed minor setup.


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