Gretsch G5420T-140 Electromatic review – personality, attitude and tones to match those dazzling looks

Gretsch celebrates 140 years with a stunning anniversary line that dresses this handsome hollowbody in two-tone Pearl Platinum over Stone

Gretsch G5420T-140 Electromatic
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

If you want a glamtastic axe for rockin’ club shows that can also pair well with a tux for wedding gigs, the Gretsch G5420T Electromatic 140th Anniversary model looks the part while delivering tones and playability that are as impressive as its appearance.


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    Pickups deliver the distinctive twang, honk and snarl.

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    Elegant, classy looks.

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    This – unbelievably – retails for less than $1,000.

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    Solid build and nice attention to detail.


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With Gretsch’s introduction of its new 140th Anniversary Electromatic models, the gap between an affordable sub-$1,000 electric guitar and a professional-grade model costing $3,000 and up just got a lot narrower. 

In addition to being some of the coolest and most luxurious deluxe-looking guitars in their price range, the Gretsch 140th Anniversary Electromatic models deliver playability, craftsmanship and tantalizing tones that come pretty damn close to their more expensive counterparts with the main differences coming down to finer details of the tone woods, pickups and hardware. We looked at the (deep breath) G5420T-140 Electromatic 140th Double Platinum Hollowbody with Bigsby model.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.