Gretsch G5422TG Electromatic review

More robust, more player-friendly and sensibly priced, this big-bodied electric from the Electromatic series is a born crowd-pleaser

Gretsch G5422TG Electromatic
(Image: © Gretsch)

Guitar World Verdict

The G5422TG Electromatic is a super-charged Gretsch with snappy playability, solid construction, and plucky Filter’Tron pickups to unleash a massive roar.


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    The new FT-5E Filter’Tron pickups.

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    Bigsby B60 is delightfully springy, yet stays in tune.

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    Trestle block bracing underneath offers stability and limits unwanted feedback.


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    It’s hard to criticise this Electromatic for the price.

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Playing a Gretsch requires a great deal of commitment. I say this because chances are, your electric guitar leanings have primarily been solid-body choices, and Gretsch guitars are predominantly hollow bodies, which often requires some finessing of your amp’s tone if you’ve ever switched between the two. 

But that isn’t a condemnation nor a dissuasion, because if you’ve never experienced the joy of that primal “Gretsch Sound” roaring through an amp, you just don’t know what you’re missing.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.