Submitted February 3, 2020 by Anthony A in San Diego, CA
"Very Good Stock, Truly Great Modded"
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Pretty much as long as I've played guitar I wanted a Gretsch hollow body. Although I'm not really a rockabilly player, I always adored Brian Setzer's guitar tone and wanted something like that in my arsenal of tones as well. The G5420T was a great way to begin that tone journey, without spending the $3k-ish of the Prolines.
The Blacktop Filtertrons in the guitar are by no measure bad pickups, but if you're looking for the classic Gretsch sounds they don't exactly get quite there. They sound good with some type of drive, but I play clean a lot and felt they were lacking something there that I was looking for. Tone is kind of like a Filtertron and PAF mixed, something I'm sure a lot of people will really like. If you're into Gibson type sounds, you'd probably be pretty satisfied. But as mentioned before I wanted the classic Gretsch sound, so I did swap out my pickups for some vintage style Filtertrons. I bought the guitar knowing that I'd most likely be switching them, so no big deal to me. Really just comes down to taste.
I am not a fan of TOM bridges, switched mine to a Compton bridge right away. Lots of people are fine with the stock TOM, just not a design I like.
Ease of Use
Don't take the fact that I've modded this guitar to mean that it needs any modification! It was an excellent guitar right out of the box, played excellent and sounded good. I like to tinker with my guitars though, and feel like I've taken a very good guitar and made it great.
Very solidly built, as good as my American Fenders and Gibsons.
For less than $1000, you're not going to find a better hollowbody guitar in my opinion.
I haven't needed any support yet, don't imagine I will. I have heard good things though.
The Wow Factor
I get compliments all the time about how great the guitar looks and sounds.
Studied guitar at LA Music Academy, play in active original band, 17 years playing overall.
Most types of pop, rock and Americana.
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