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Paul Kreutz-KfX1z

Gretsch Guitars G5120 Electromatic Hollow Body with Dual-Coil Pickups



Sound Quality

Reading the reviews here, I was convinced the first thing I'd need to do was replace the pickups. I figured the guitar was so inexpensive that replacing the pickups would still leave me with a nice budget archtop. Wrong! I took the guitar to rehearsal and it sounded terrific. My main guitar is a Guild X-550 with P-90's, so I've been looking for a compliment to that guitar. I played for three hours swapping between the two guitars, and loved the sound of the Gretsch. The pickup are definitely darker than most "gretsch" pickups, but they sounded killer for me. I played it through a Vox AC15, An Epiphone Blues Custom 30, and a Marsh tweed Vibrolux, and it sounded great in all of them. The pickups seemed to favor twelve inch speakers over the 10" in my Marsh. Bottom line, I don't feel any need or desire to replace the pickups.

Reliability/Durability

Just got it.

Price/Value


General Comments

I've been playing for 25 years, and I'm amazed at how much guitar you can get for your money these days! I play rockabilly, blues, jump swing, and western swign, and this guitar was fantastic for every style. There were actually tunes where I found this guitar to sound more "authentic" than my Guild, so go figure. Not the best guitar ever, but a really solid guitar for a great price. A great gigging guitar for sure. If it were lost or stolen I would absolutely buy another one. I'm considering buying another one and putting in different pickups already. I'm very pleased with this purchase


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