From Gretsch – “The Gretsch G5422G-12 Electromatic 12-string hollowbody electric guitar captures the classic jangly 12-string sound of the 1960s. Brought into popularity by guitarists like Roger McGuinn of the Byrds and Mike Nesmith of the Monkees, the double-cutaway 12-string electric has been a staple tone in guitarists’ arsenal ever since the flower-power generation first adopted it. Gretsch guitars such as the G5422G-12 have been sought-after for their chimey and jangly tones that only they can provide.
Gretsch uncovered a set of Baldwin-era Filter’Tron pickups with incredible punch and twang – perfect for the G5422G-12 Electromatic 12-string hollowbody. They reverse engineered those special pickups to create the “Black Top” Filter’Tron humbucking pickups. These humbucking pickups offer the distinctive Gretsch top-end clarity that is necessary for single-note or chordal electric 12-string playing, while still having enough low end to ensure your sound is never thin or shrill.
It’s easy to stereotype the Gretsch G5422G-12 Electromatic 12-string hollowbody until you play it, and then you realize you can pull off a lot of tonal tricks with it. Volume controls for each pickup let you create a perfect balance between warmth, bite, and brilliance when both pickups are engaged. The master tone control lets you fine-tune your sound once you’ve got the pickups dialled in. And of course you’ll get sweet tone from the neck and bridge pickups individually.
Build Hollow Body
Cutaway Double Cutaway
Body 5-Ply Maple
Body Shape Electromatic® Hollow Body
Bracing Sound Post
Neck Material Maple
Neck Finish Gloss
Scale Length 25.5″ (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius 12″ (305 mm)
Frets 22 Medium Jumbo
Nut Graph Tech® TUSQ XL
Position Inlays Pearloid Hump-Block
Headstock Late ’50s Gretsch
Bridge Pickup Blacktop™ Filter’Tron™
Neck Pickup Blacktop™ Filter’Tron™
Controls Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Volume, Master Tone
Switching 3-Position Toggle
Bridge Adjusto-Matic™ with Secured Rosewood Base
Pickguard Gold Plexi with Black Gretsch Logo
Playing this fab Gretsch 12 string is a very good experience – lots of Byrds-like chime and shimmer, with plenty of body, a well defined midrange, and that unmistakeable Gretsch sound.
Everybody needs a good 12 string guitar in their arsenal, and here’s a well made instrument with plenty of character. It is a joy to play – you don’t have to battle this one like some 12s. It plays well in all positions, nice & even all the way up the neck. It intonates well and stays in tune.
This one presents as new. No marks anywhere apart from some swirling on the pickguard. It has not been played much, which is a shame because it needs to get out of its case & make a noise – that unique 12 string noise that you definitely cannot get with a pedal.
Comes in its Gretsch hard shell case in new condition.
Link to video demo – https://youtu.be/EVjSqwjj8vU