Gretsch Electromatic G5420 LH - Hollowbody Lefty
Gretsch’s popular Electromatic 5420T Holowbody single cutaway is already a top seller. This lefty model screams traditional Gretsch design, with its single-cutaway body, sound-post bracing and elegant bound f-holes.
Classic features—including 5-ply maple hollow-body construction, Blacktop Filter’tron pickups and standard Bigsby tailpiece—make the5420T and incredible bargain with tons of traditional Gretsch vibe.
Recent improvements have made them even better performers, with added ’50s-era aesthetics and better-quality features, including:
- Smaller, 1950s-style bound headstock
- Removal of “Electromatic” from the headstock
- Nu-Bone nut for increased tuning stability
- Late-‘50s style “Neo-Classic” thumbnail inlays
- Aged binding with multi-ply purfling
- Bound, oversized F-Holes
- Treble Bleed Circuit added to the Master Volume control
For the money, we’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better-looking, better-performing classic-style guitar than the Gretsch Electromatic 5420T.
Standard Electromatic 5420 features
- 5-ply maple body and maple neck
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Blacktop Filter’Tron pickups
- Bigsby tailpiece and secured, adjust-o-matic bridge
- Classic appointments: G-Arrow knobs, thumbscrew strap buttons, chrome tip switch
- Made in Korea
- Case extra
Why We Like Gretsch Electromatic Guitars
The Gretsch Electromatic nameplate has been around for many years. Now, it signifies the company’s line of guitars built in Korea and China. The guitars are very well made, the electronics/pickups are really good and quality control is excellent (we’ve had several players say these are better-made guitars than some of the old NY-made instruments). In short, we’re happy to recommend these great-looking, vibey, very affordable Gretsch guitars.
We really like Gretsch’s classic looks and distinctive tone—and nobody else makes a Bigsby look as cool. With the Electromatic’s recent improvements, including “Black Top” Filter’Tron pickups and the addition of new center-block models, you can’t find a better, more economical way to get “that great Gretsch sound.”
Body 5-ply maple top, sides and back
Finish Gloss urethane
Body depth 2 3/4”
Scale Length 24.5"
Fingerboard Rosewood, bound / 12” radius
Inlay NeoClassic Thumbnail
Nut Width 1.6875"
Tailpiece/Bridge Trapeze w/ Adjusto-matic
Tuners Vintage-style open-back
Pickups 2 “Black Top” Filter’Tron
Controls Master Volume
Neck Pickup Volume/ Bridge Pickup Volume/ Master Tone
3-position pickup selector
Case Hardshell available (not included)