Gretsch Electromatic G5420T
Dirty deeds done reasonably cheap
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.