Gretsch G5410T Electromatic “Rat Rod” review

Combining old-school curb appeal with modern performance, this is a silver dream machine from the kings of rockabilly

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Guitar World Verdict

Gretsch takes one of its most iconic designs and gives it a street-ready makeover and offers it up for 700 bucks. It's insanely good value for one of the coolest guitars on the market.


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    First off, it looks amazing.

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    Exceptional tones.

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    More versatile than you might think.

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    Very playable.


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    A bit more girth in the neck profile would make it perfect.

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Ed Mitchell

Ed Mitchell was Reviews Editor on Total Guitar magazine from 2003, and his guitar-modding column, Ed’s Shed, appeared in print on both sides of the Atlantic (in both Total Guitar and Guitar World magazines). He was the Editor of The Blues Magazine from 2012-16, and a contributor to Guitarist, Classic Rock and Louder. He died in October 2022, aged 52. Between them, the websites Guitar World, Louder and MusicRadar host over 400 of his articles – among them interviews with Billy Gibbons, Paul Weller, Brian Setzer, profiles on Roy Buchanan, Duane Allman and Peter Green, a joint interview with Jimmy Page and Jack White, and dozens of guitar reviews – and that’s just the ones that made it online.