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adr2
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Sep 13th, 2013 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just discovered the new G5620T-CB and G5622T-CB Electromatics. Unlike the 5420s, these have spruce center blocks, cats eyes rather than f-holes, a different pickup configuration (neck: Super HiLoTron; bridge: Black Top FilterTron), a fixed bridge and a Bigsby B70 tailpiece rather than a B60. The 5622 is a double cutaway with three Super HiLoTrons.

Has anyone heard anything about these? I'm intrigued because I've been considering a 5420 for a while but have been a little leery of the floating bridge (let the ridicule fly). One thing that continues to bug me, though, is a $1050 street price that doesn't include a case. I don't get that.

They don't appear to be out yet as the few places that have listed them only have them availabl for pre-order.

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Sep 13th, 2013 02:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good looking guitar!

I like the Rosa Red, then the Georgia Green and lastly the Black.

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Sep 13th, 2013 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can still find the original MIK 3161 Historics in great shape for about $400 - $500 if you look around.

Like this one.

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Sep 14th, 2013 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

adr2

I don't know if these new Electromatics are made in the same factory as the new Guilds (also a Fender brand).

If they are--then be prepared to be amazed. The new Guilds are fantastic right out of the box. The only thing I had to do with mine was tweak the nut a little.

It is strange--the "no case" thing.

jay1vinton

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Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Sep 20th, 2013 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've gone over my Projet with a fine tooth comb LOOKING for flaws, imperfections, bad anything. I have yet to find anything that I would consider low quality or bad build or design.

It's not the pro line, but it's every bit as good of a guitar as any of my others with bigger names on the headstock.

I see "it doesn't matter what's on the head stock" all over the net, and I think it's self agreeance on not being able to swing a big name, but while this is a big name, it's not their proline. But it is a Gretsch. It's not an epi, or a Squier, or a LTD. It's a Gretsch and every bit as good as the rest.

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Sep 20th, 2013 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a MIK Pro Jet that I got 2nd hand. It came with the stock mini-HB pickups. While these sound fine (as pickups go), they're not "Gretschy" at all. I replaced them with GFS NY-II pickups. These are single coils with large alnico poles, and are very close in tone and response to the DeArmond 2K units: quite an improvement toward Gretschiness. They are a direct retrofit too. No routing or other wackiness required.

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Mar 21st, 2014 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My local dealer has the single cut in Rosa Red and the double cut, two pickup model in Georgia Green. He also has the double cut three pickup model on order, in Georgia Green.

I messed around with the double cut, but didn't plug it in. When the three pickup model arrives, I'm going to check them all out.

Wish they came in white, though.

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May 23rd, 2014 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bumping this thread to see if anyone has bought one of these centerblock models. If so, how do you like it?

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May 24th, 2014 08:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

adr2

If you're leery of the floating bridge, pin that sucka.

The purists will scoff, but they also will have the usual headaches of scooting bridge feet. Screw that noise!

Here's how. Get your intonation and everything set exactly where you need it to be. Next, tape down some little cardboard squares against the bridge foot. That way, once you remove the strings and bridge saddle, you can place the foot in the exact proper position. Simply taping the bridge foot in place is not good enough...it can move a little.

Click on

this link for a picture. You will wonder why you waited to do this mod.

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May 24th, 2014 08:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Details on this procedure in the Guitar Mods section.

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Oct 9th, 2014 09:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I want a 5622 in Georgia Green! Need to wait for several serious reviews to come out first though.

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Oct 10th, 2014 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Geno, I did a search for the bridge pinning in the Guitar Mods section & came up empty. I must not have tried the right search terms. Got a link?

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Oct 12th, 2014 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I found a 5622T online that had been unboxed for inspection, so I emailed about the weight of the guitar. 9 pounds, 12 ounces. That threw cold water on my desire for one of these big time. No way can I deal with an almost 10 pound guitar!

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Oct 12th, 2014 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Keef. looky here (link).

Pay no attention to my goofy ramblings in response to Pinetree. He brings out the worst in me.

Cheers, brother.

Bridge pinning: how I do it.

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Oct 12th, 2014 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Geno, copied and filed for future use!

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