Gretsch refreshes its Electromatic hollowbody collection of guitars with new pickups, trestle bracing system

Gretsch's full line of 2022 Electromatic hollow body guitars
(Image credit: Gretsch Guitars)

Gretsch first unveiled a trio of newly refurbished Electromatic Classic hollowbody electric guitars as part of its full 2022 lineup launch in January.

The three models – the G5420 (available in right- and left-handed versions), G5422 (also available in righty- and lefty-friendly incarnations) and G5422G-12 12-string guitar – are each outfitted with Gretsch's newly unveiled advanced trestle bracing system, which, the company says, provides improved sustain and a snappier attack.

The company's newly developed FT-5E Filter’Tron pickups also come aboard all three models, which are all available now. You can hear them in action below.

All three guitars feature laminated maple bodies and C-shaped maple necks with laurel fingerboards that boast 22 medium jumbo frets. 

The pair of FT-5E Filter’Tron pickups on each model are controlled by two individual volume knobs, plus a master volume knob with a treble bleed circuit, a master tone knob, and a three-way toggle switch.

Though the G5420T and G5422TG both feature Bigsby vibratos, the left-handed versions of those models instead boast G-cutout tailpieces. Hardware, meanwhile, comes finished in nickel on the G5420 and gold on the G5422 and G5422G-12.

The G5420 is available in Airline Silver, Azure Metallic, Orange Stain and Walnut Stain finishes; the G5422 comes in Orange Stain, Snowcrest White, and Walnut Stain finishes; and the G5422G-12 is available in Single Barrel Burst and Walnut Stain finishes. 

The left-handed G5420, meanwhile, is only available in Orange Stain, and the left-handed G5422 comes exclusively in Snowcrest White.

The Gretsch G5420T ($799 right-handed, $899 left-handed), G5422TG and G5422G-12 (both $899) are available now. 

For more info on all three models, head on over to Gretsch.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.