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blackstrat

USA

Mar 12th, 2019 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just picked up a 2019 Gretsch G5220 BT - Electromatic Jet in Jade Silver Metalic.

Nice guitar...but I already did some changes..

4 days after I got the guitar the treble pickup kept cutting out. Traced it back to the switch. I had a switchcraft switch laying around, so I just replaced it instead of doing a warranty repair.

Next, this was the first import I’m ever owned that the tuners seemed a little wonky. The guitar stayed in tune but the ratio didn’t seem very good, so I replaced the stock tuners with Grovers.

Lastly ... added a tonepros locking bridge.

Now...Sadly, where I live, there are just the chain stores (Ash & GC). Certain brands they just seem to keep the lower end models around. Example - Chinese/Korean Gretsch but not the high end Japanese models.

So curiosity killed the cat so to speak....I was looking at the specs for the GG220 and the G6228 players edition. Wood selection is the same except for fingerboard. Both suposidly have “Black Top Pickups” ... so is the there a difference that is so great, I can buy 5-Chinese G5220 for one Japanese G6228?

Just was looking for answers from a more experienced Gretsch owner!



(This message was last edited by blackstrat at 10:54 PM, Mar 12th, 2019)

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 12th, 2019 09:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

The difference is the hardware, electronics, and fit and finish--especially the binding and the fretwork.

The stuff made in China is really good though; it just has less hand work and attention to detail.

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Mar 13th, 2019 04:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a MIK Gretsch that is very good. I probably will have a new nut put on as it seems to be the only thing wrong with mine. Stays in tune after I tune up , but some strings go sharp while its in its case for some reason.

The fretwork on mine was pretty good compared to a MIC Epiphone which are usually horrid.

I have never seen a higher end Gretsch at a store around here only the lower ends.I have thought about upgrading at some point , but not sure .I would imagine a Gretsch would be a tough sell due to the low demand , but to be honest I am quite happy with my MIK 5420t....... for now.

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 13th, 2019 04:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Korean-made Gretsches are very good. I think the additional $$ you pay for a MIJ Gretsch, over a MIK, is difficult to justify from a ROI perspective.

They're totally giggable and reliable.

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ohio

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Mar 13th, 2019 06:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo I wholeheartedly agree. This is coming from a guy who usually gets the top of the line guitars. I can’t see a reason to upgrade at this point. Mighty fine guitar as is.

Big Joe

USA

Mar 13th, 2019 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I agree with Peegoo and budg points made on the Korean Gretsch quality and comparison to Japan build Pro Line Models. Love my first and only Gretsch, a 5420T which I upgraded with TV Classics. I have subsequently have “road tested” Pro Line models in Rudy’s and to be honest prefer my 5420T neck and feel., not to mention the and fit/finish, fret work is great. The tone is awesome. Most of my guitars are Gibson’s, Heritage and MIA Fenders, which are my benchmarks for quality. This Korean purchase was a “ one off” for me, which I do not regret.

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Mar 13th, 2019 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

The 'Goo has worked on my Gretsch Electromatic 5120. I think it's a Korean one. I am not sure. Great guitar, though. Just wish I liked the neck more. It's not bad though, honestly.

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 13th, 2019 10:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep! It's a MIK 5120.

Achase4u
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Mar 17th, 2019 08:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's a real darn decent guitar, man. I got it used on Guitar Center's website for $550 after taxes and shipping, used.

blackstrat

USA

Mar 19th, 2019 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Guys for your input....I might look into new pickups. I am going to start a new post though for my next question! Lol

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