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BobbyMac
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Feb 22nd, 2019 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been waiting to see the new Gretsch Electromatic G5655TG Center Block "Junior" size semi-hollowboy single-cut guitars hit the market. Got an email from my Sweetwater sales engineer that they were in so I went to the website to check them out. They do, indeed, look really cool.

I was a little disappointed that these new Electromatic models are made in China! And they are $899, without a case or bag. Now as nice as they look, I am a little uneasy spending that much money for a Chinese made guitar. I guess I'm going to have to check one out in person before I make a buying decision.

I've been very happy with the Korean built Electromatic guitars, having owned three of them. All three each cost less than this one, though. I know the Chinese are building better and better guitars, so I'll reserve judgment until I've held one in hand.

(This message was last edited by BobbyMac at 04:32 PM, Feb 22nd, 2019)

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Feb 22nd, 2019 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Electromatics have been built in China for several years now.

And the quality is quite good!

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Texas Panhandle

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Feb 22nd, 2019 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not all the Electromatics are made in China. I'm pretty sure most all are still built in Korea.

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Texas Panhandle

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Feb 22nd, 2019 08:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Most of the Electromatic line, including the 5420, 5422, 5622, and many others, are still Korean built.

I've known only a few Electromatics to be built in China, and they were lower end models.

Don't take my word for it, though, go to the Sweetwater site yourself and look at the back of the headstocks.

(This message was last edited by BobbyMac at 09:09 AM, Feb 23rd, 2019)

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Feb 23rd, 2019 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I also had my eye on these, and was disappointed to see they were made in China. While I agree the quality of Chinese instruments has improved, I really like the quality of the Korean Gretsches. I also feel like the price is a bit steep for a Chinese guitar with no case.

I know they've been making the Pro Jets in China for several years or so. It seems like the "f-hole" guitars were typically Korean, although I think I saw some that were Indonesian. The G5422 I sold last year was Korean, as was the G5420 I looked at recently. I hope they don't plan on moving all production to China.

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Feb 24th, 2019 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you can find an old, used 6120-JR or 6122-JR (both MIJ), I think they didn't have a full center block. If memory serves there is apiece about 1/2" thick (attached to the bottom of the top) that runs down the center of the body instead. This helps combat both feedback and top sag (at the bridge) without piling on the pounds. My 6122-JR was not heavy at all.

On the downside, those models don't pop up that often and tend to be spendy when they do.

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Feb 24th, 2019 12:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've always loved the 6122-JR ever since they first came out way back when. Couldn't afford one at the time, and then they were gone. Subsequent JR offerings never really captured me like the first, though, and the value on the vintage model remains high. If today's Gretsch would do an MIJ reissue of the original, I'd be first in line.



Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Feb 24th, 2019 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's my Junior...

...with pal Lester:

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Mar 20th, 2019 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh my heavens. I just spotted the Cadillac green on Sweetwater.

899. If the built quality is good, I must have one. I would throw Dynasonics in it.

Can anyone comment on the Gretsch Chinese build quality vs Epiphone? The Epiphones are generally cheaper and it shows, IMO. Hoping this is several steps up. My recent Epi 339 was OK for the money. Hoping this is more along the lines of my MIK Electromatic.

Achase4u
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Mar 20th, 2019 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Confirmed that these are China made with my Sweetwater sales rep.

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Knuckleheading
Mar 20th, 2019 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Love that color!!!!

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GospelBilly!
Mar 21st, 2019 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought one of these in azure blue metallic today, after playing it for about 30 minutes. It plays great, sounds good and looks like a high end Gretsch.

I was immediately interested when I saw these debut at winter NAMM and was wanting to try one out.

ps - The store had just received the guitar from Gretsch today. AND I JUST WENT IN TO BUY STRINGS, HONEST!!! (:oD

I Azure You It's Very Nice

(This message was last edited by 5Strats at 04:46 PM, Mar 21st, 2019)

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Mar 21st, 2019 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is very nice . Can’t go wrong with any of those colors.

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GospelBilly!
Mar 21st, 2019 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I owned an expensive (at least for me) MIJ Silver Jet for awhile, but it just didn't play that well and I had tuning problems when using it on a recording session for a rockabilly song. It's since been sold.

This MIC Gretsch is just as nice as far as quality goes (IMHO) and plays better. It stays in tune pretty well when using the Bigsby for vigorous rockabilly bar shaking, but the nut needs a lube to help tuning stability for that style of music.

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Mar 24th, 2019 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am very jealous but thank you for the report, 5Strats. Is it worth the $899?(Hopefully you got a little deal)

Of course I'd be putting some Dearmond/Dynasonic style singles in and having Peegoo set up my Bigsby(He set mine up on my 5120 and I've never played a tremolo that good and stable in my life)

This sounds like a great axe. I am hoping it would be better quality and playing than my Epiphone MIC 339...

Achase4u
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Mar 24th, 2019 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Also, whats the neck shape like?

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Mar 29th, 2019 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't have it yet. I put some money down after trying it out and should be able to bring it home soon. (I don't like buying guitars online.)

I'm paying the going rate at a local independent store.

I think the neck shape is a relatively slim "U" shape.

Te 52

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Mar 30th, 2019 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

If they made one of those with nickel hardware and other than a solid color finish, I'd be all over it.

Leftee
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Knuckleheading
Mar 30th, 2019 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is puurdee!

jefe46
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Apr 30th, 2019 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

"If they made one of those with nickel hardware and other than a solid color finish, I'd be all over it."

Absolutely.

Gag me gold is used to elevate the status of an otherwise cheap guitar. And in doing so, makes it look cheap.

I will not, and do not, own any instruments with gold hardware..
If I must purchase one with gold, nickle immediately.

Gold is a deterrent to purchase.

(This message was last edited by jefe46 at 07:27 PM, May 4th, 2019)

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