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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / Gretsch G5422TDC Review

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Feb 10th, 2017 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi. I just got a Gretsch Electromatic 5422TDC from Sweetwater. This is the double-cut thin (2 1/4" thick) guitar. Kinda like George Harrison's. I got an orange one.
Construction: Very nice. I can find no flaws in the binding, finish, inlays, or hardware installation. Amazing how they can do that F-hole small binding so neatly. Cons: there is no output jack plate. I have an oval chrome plate I'll install, after enlarging the hole with a Dremel. I'm not enamored with the screw-tighten strap buttons. Maybe if they were a larger diameter. I tried some beer-bottle type rubber washers, but they compressed too much and the strap didn't rotate freely. So I drilled a hole in a couple of picks and put over the strap. Works great. The open-back tuners look pretty basic but work fine with minimal backlash.
Setup: Arrived from Sweetwater pretty much on the mark. It was almost in tune! Action at 15th is lo 5/64 and high 1/16. I might raise the high side up a little. Relief is about .009. No buzzing. Nut action is a little high on low E side (.023) and OK on hi E side (.015). I may adjust the lo side but it doesn't seem to throw the cowboy chords off that I notice.
Intonation was on!
Playing: Plays easily up and down. Good high fret clearance, similar to my L.I. Casino. Neck is a little thicker than the Casino but not too bat-like. Frets polished, nubs under binding (!). Notes sound in tune up and down. No dead spots that I've found. Bigsby is really smooth, and guitar stays in tune very well. I read that some recommend buying another, generally solid, bridge or maybe a roller bridge. I don't know if a solid bridge would be worth the money. And the tailpiece operates very smoothly and stays in tune, so don't know if I'd need a roller bridge (although the idea is appealing and if I knew what to get, I probably would).
The pickup switch seems ok. The master volume has a mild treble bleed, I could use more. The individual volumes could use a t.b. too. If it wasn't a pain to get to, I'd install it. The volume pots have too quick a taper for me; makes it hard to get some middle tones. All the pots turn very easily; I'll put some sort of felt washer under the knobs.
Guitar has some nice range of tone, from trebly twangy to deep tones. Sustain is good. Sounded great thru my PR with a little slap plus mod and reverb. Guitar is only 6.9 lbs. P/Us are 4.3 ohm, neck and bridge. I can hear a very slight resonance bzzz on some postions on D/A strings when played acoustically, but not amplified. Wires inside vibrating? Very minor, doesn't bother me.
Case: didn't buy one. Sweetwater told me it should fit a 335 or Casino case. Hmm, haven't tried it, but this guitar is overall about 2" thicker, so I doubt they will fit. Maybe my Martin case would work...
Overall I like the guitar a lot. Pretty cool to get a nice Gretsch for middle money. And it's so light! If I've forgotten something, just ask.

A couple of lightweights

(This message was last edited by RDR at 05:38 PM, Feb 10th, 2017)


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Aug 6th, 2017 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a Streamliner recently. Love it!



Aug 14th, 2019 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

RDR, I played one in a local guitar shop (without pluging it in- no time to plug in) and was impressed with the feel and playability. Had I had the money at the time I would have walked out with it but no such luck. Anyway great guitar (at least unamplified)

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