Gretsch Electromatic G5220 (FF) Solidbody Electric Guitar
Gearank High Notes
- June 2020: Highest Rated Filter'Tron Equipped Solidbody Electric Guitar from $200 to $500 (prior to price increase)
- June 2020: Equal Highest Rated Solidbody Electric Guitar from $200 to $500 (prior to price increase)
While Gretsch did not reinvent the wheel so to speak, they've definitely made their guitars their own - in terms aesthetics, quality and even sound.
The G5220 is a good example, even with its familiar single-cutaway shape, it does not look like your average Les Paul clone.
Its bound body, headstock and neck, along with its V-stop tail piece reinforce its distinct retro appeal further.
This guitar has a chambered mahogany body with maple top, and comes equipped with Blacktop Broad'Tron pickups, which gives it the trebly tone that the brand is known for.
- Body: Chambered Mahogany with Maple Top
- Finish: Black, Casino Gold, Jade Grey Metallic, Dark Cherry Metallic
- Bridge: V-Stopbar Tailpiece
- Pickups: Broad'Tron Humbuckers
- Neck: Mahogany
- Scale Length: 24.6”
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 12”
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Nut Width: 1.6875”
- Controls: 2-volume, 1-tone
- Pickup Selector: 3-way toggle switch
Many users report that this guitar exceeds what they expect in terms of aesthetics appeal and build quality, some even describing it as a near perfect guitar. Many others are just as impressed with its tone, with some commending it for being transparent and dynamic. Rob Laing of Music Radar concludes his review of the Gretsch G5220 nicely by saying that "the sheer versatility and finish quality for the money makes this the kind of deal that you’ll always find space for in the house".
There are some who wish that it had a more traditional control configuration, some even went as far as re-configuring the potentiometers to their liking.
If you want a retro styled electric guitar that impresses both the ears and eyes, then check out the Gretsch G5220.