Gretsch Elec­tro­matic G5420T

Dirty deeds done rea­son­ably cheap

Total Guitar - - THE STATION GAS -

Pretty gui­tar. Shame I don’t play rock­a­billy stuff, re­ally...

Count­less gui­tar nerds miss out on the joy of a Gretsch be­cause they type­cast stuff like the G5420T as rock­a­billy ma­chines. Lest ye for­get, Mal­colm Young of AC/DC plied his trade on Gretsch Jet and White Fal­con gui­tars. Pete Town­shend of The Who also played a big-bod­ied Gretsch G6120 on the band’s Who’snext and Quadrope­nia al­bums. Those guys didn’t play rock­a­billy.

Is this based on a par­tic­u­lar vin­tage model?

Yes, in­deed it is. The G5420T is a trib­ute to the iconic G6120, the gui­tar that was beloved by Stray Cat mae­stro Brian Set­zer, doomed rocker Ed­die Cochran and Nashville shred­der Chet Atkins. Like its an­ces­tor this gui­tar has the maple-ply hol­low body, over­sized f-holes and, of course, a Bigsby, in this in­stance a Li­censed B60 model.

So, is it pos­si­ble for me to get a de­cent rock tone out of those pick­ups?

Hell, yes! The Black­top Fil­ter’tron hum­buck­ers on of­fer here com­bine that clas­sic Gretsch twang with some mod­ern tonal girth. They’ll go from rock­a­billy to AC/DC with­out break­ing a sweat.

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