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Clarence

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Mar 28th, 2013 08:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Has anyone played or owend the double cutaway 5422?

JohnD

USA

Mar 28th, 2013 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, I've got the 5422T in white.

Great player, chunky neck, excellent build quality, and the "Blacktops" sound very good IMO.

Any of the 5422/5420's are a great "bang for the buck" IMO.

Darn nice Gretsch at a great pricepoint.

(This message was last edited by JohnD at 11:17 AM, Mar 28th, 2013)

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Mar 29th, 2013 06:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played one in a local shop several months ago. If I had the cash at the time it would have gone home with me.

Clarence

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Mar 29th, 2013 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thinking about the amber maple at MF for $639.

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Mar 29th, 2013 11:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Clarence, compared to the other finishes being $250 more Amber Maple is a steal and good looking too!

JohnD

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Mar 30th, 2013 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you like that color, a steal it is. If you don't, well, that's a different story.

That's a great price for one heck of a nice Gretsch.

Clarence

USA

Apr 7th, 2013 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pulled the trigger and got the 5422 AM. First impressions are that fit & finish are superb. I'm a fan of Gretsch orange and the AM is it in spades. The finish (stain I'm assuming) is flawless & a very nice wood grain can be seen through the finish. After being tuned up, the action and set up is really good right out of the box from MF. The tuners seem a bit cheap, but from playing 5420's in the stores, I expected that and will probably replace them with locking tuners pretty quickly - any suggestions? And props to MF who delivered for free within 24 hours (I'm only about an hour from the KC distribution center.) I really like the tone of these p/u's. I play mainly through a 70's BandMaster and a Princeton. Really enjoying this one, and enjoying the savings as well. Great product, great price.

(This message was last edited by Clarence at 09:37 AM, Apr 8th, 2013)

lox

Columbus, Ohio

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Feb 23rd, 2014 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

5422 is a nice guitar. Especially like the walnut stain finish. The pups are jangly, very traditional Gretsch type of sound. Much better than the 5100 series IMHO.

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Feb 25th, 2014 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FYI: The 54xx Blacktop Filtertrons are adjusted woefully low from the factory. They REALLY come into their own when raised up close to the strings. A common topic of discussion on several other Gretsch forums.

Another highly recommended mod (but simple and reversible) is to replace the OEM rattletrap bridge with a Compton (link below). BIG improvement in tone and sustain.

My 5420 has been my #1 for nearly a year now.

Compton Bridges for Gretsch

(This message was last edited by capnhiho at 03:29 PM, Feb 25th, 2014)

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Jan 30th, 2017 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Asked how to adjust the pickups on my new 5422. Then just used the screws. Thought I might have to shim.
They were found (with strings depressed at last fret) 1/8" away. Adjusted them to 1/8" bass and 3/32 treble, both pickups. Sounds a little chimier. I like it.

(This message was last edited by RDR at 03:53 PM, Jan 30th, 2017)

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