Gretsch G5442BDC Electromatic Bass review

Comfortably vintage and sonically authentic, this red retro bass delivers the goods

Gretsch G5442BDC Electromatic
(Image: © Gretsch)

Guitar World Verdict

There’s no better bass if you’re after this look and sound.


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    Attention to detail.

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    Authentic sounds.


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    Big body.

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    Headstock dive.

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Gretsch guitars are famous worldwide – who hasn’t lusted over a White Falcon in their time? – but the veteran American brand’s basses are less well known. Still, that’s no reason not to investigate this muscle car of a four-string, the Electromatic, which will supply you with the feel, look, and sound of a '70s bass in return for a nice chunk of your taxed income. So what do you get for your bucks?

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.