Gretsch G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar

Get that jazz-box look plus electrifying Gretsch tone with the G5420T Electromatic hollowbody, complete with Filter'Trons and a Bigsby to ensure awesomeness.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
5-ply maple body Sweetly resonant tone with strong, smooth highs
Bigsby vibrato tailpiece Classic top-mount vibrato adds resonant mass
Black Top Filter'Tron pickups Tight, bright and focused vintage tone
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel

A hollowbody hotrod fitted with all the tools for rocking and swinging sounds, the Gretsch G5420T comes ready to roll. Plug in and hear how its pair of "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups deliver that bright twang you thought was only found south of the Mason-Dixon.

Hollow Construction Rings True

Built from 5-ply maple in a hollow body style, you'll hear the natural resonance of the G5420T before it ever touches a cable plug. The hollow design is lightweight and features a carved back, giving relief to guitarists who log lengthy gigs. The maple neck is cut a bit on the thicker side for players who like a chunkier feel.

Pickups Add Punch to Tone

The G5420T's "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups are a throwback to the pickups featured on Baldwin-era Gretsch guitars in the '70s. These updated models give the guitar a bright, punchy sound to help your chicken-picked runs ring true. Twang and jangle are the guitar's specialty, but rolling down the master tone knob cuts out the treble to mellow the sound. If you're more of a rebel outlaw than country gentleman, the Filter'Tron pickups respond well to overdrive, making for a crisp attack on the bridge pickup and full-bodied blues tones in the neck position.

Classic Hardware with Modern Improvements

The G5420T comes equipped with a Bigsby-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece positioned for easy access near your picking hand. The tailpiece is complimented by an Adjusto-Matic bridge, which can rock slightly along with the Bigsby to read more help reduce string friction. The bridge also allows for adjustments to be made to each string's intonation, so you can set up your guitar to play just right. The vintage style open-back tuners complete the classic look of the hardware set.


- 5-ply maple hollow body in single cutaway style
- Gloss urethane finish
- Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
- "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups in bridge and neck position
- 3-position pickup switching
- Individual neck and bridge pickup volume, master volume, and master tone controls
- Bigsby-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece
- Rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic bridge
- Open-backed tuners
- Binding around top and back of body and f-holes

Sweet as southern tea or played with bite like bourbon, the Gretsch G5420T rings true with bright and clear tones.
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- Body Material: 5-Ply Maple, Gloss Finish
- Upper Bout: 11.625"
- Lower Bout: 16"
- Waist: 9.625"
- Neck: Maple, "U" Shape, Gloss Finish
- Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12"
- Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
- Position Inlays: Pearloid Neo-Classic Thumbnail
- Nut (Material/Width): Graph Tech NuBone, 1.6875"
- Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style Open-Back
- Scale Length: 24.6"
- Bridge: Adjusto-Matic, Secured Rosewood Base
- Tailpiece: Bigsby Licensed B60 Vibrato Tailpiece
- Pickguard: Silver Plexi with Black Gretsch Logo
- Pickups: Blacktop Filter'Tron (Bridge) Black Top Filter'Tron (Neck)
- 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), Master Volume, Master Tone
- Knobs/Hardware: G-Arrow, Chrome Hardware
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Azure Blue
Shipping Weight: 11.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 17 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2506115551
Airline Silver
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 17 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2506115547
Shipping Weight: 11.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 17 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2506115512
Shipping Weight: 11.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 18 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2506115517

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 480-596-9690

Gretsch G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody

No nonsense, Electromatic hollow-body guitars are the perfect real, pure and powerful Gretsch instruments. They're your next-step Gretsch--bold, dynamic and articulate, and crafted with essential Gretsch sound, style and playability.

Alive and resonant, the G5420T has fully hollow build with a true Filter'Tron voice that explodes with huge punch and clear, strong presence. Like all Electromatic guitars, it delivers the fearless and electrifying authenticity that has set Gretsch apart as the quintessential rock 'n' roll guitars from the very beginning. It's the sound of honor itself--play proud.

Premium features include: Dual "Black Top" Filtertron humbucking pickups, Versatile upgraded controls including master volume treble-bleed circuit, Oversized bound F holes and aged multi-ply body binding, Smaller late-'50s G6120 bound headstock, Graph Tech NuBone nut, Pearloid Neo-Classic "thumbnail" fingerboard inlays, Bigsby B60 vibrato tailpiece.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (9 ratings)
Submitted July 1, 2016 by Matthew Lukaszewicz in Denver, CO
"Replacement for stolen 5420"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I already knew I liked the 5420's because I just had one stolen from a gig. I bought this one as a replacement and I have done 3 gigs with it now. the fit and finish is actually better than the old one. the pickups are classic Gretsch with a touch more umph. I like the subdued inlays better than the previous ones and the pinned bridge makes a huge difference. Overall I would say that its a significant upgrade and well worth the time and money.
The blacktop pickups have a touch more gain than I would have expected, but it is tamed easily with the master volume control and when flat out the extra umph lends a nice bit of drive to a slightly overdriven amp.
I do not like the tuners and had them changed almost immediately for locking Schallers. The Bigsby works just fine, but the spring it a touch stiff for my tastes. Remember to lube the nut and bridge saddles to keep it in tune, The redesigned blacktop pickups are great.
Fit and finish were both fantastic ..... the fretwork was right on and needed no massaging at all. I was very surprised when I looked it over carefully how good it really was. Its a lot better than the one it replaced (and I really did like the previous one).
It was worth every penny I paid with my only complaint being the tuners and lack of hardcase.
Manufacturer Support
I have had no issues and therefore cant comment on support.
The Wow Factor
Mine is Fairline blue ..... its a stunning sparkling color. Thank you.
Musical Background:
Rock, rockabilly, country .... some jazz
Musical Style:
Rock, rockabilly, country .... some jazz
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