B1509 Gretsch G5420T Aspen Green (7.6lb)
For those who want their first Gretsch at an affordable price, we recommend this beauty. But don't take our word, listen to third parties...
Check out this review from Music Radar:
"Recreating the classics"
"Our single-cut G5420T is based on the classic 6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body - the 'generic' Gretsch we all drew in our school books. It features a new-to-Gretsch colour, Fairlane Blue, which is a deep metallic blue that takes its name from the Ford Fairlane that was introduced back in 1955, the same year that the first version of the Chet Atkins Hollow Body was unveiled.
The new colour is a beautiful setting for the chromed parts, the silver-backed pickguard and ribbed plastic pickup surrounds. It does have that oh-so-new shiny gloss sheen, which is slightly less smooth than the Professional models, but we're splitting hairs: in anyone's book, this is a looker.
Oh, and on the new models that have chrome- plating, you'll find 'thumbnail' fingerboard inlays; the gold-plated models use the Grestch 'hump-block' inlays.
While the Streamliner Hollow Body features just dual longitudinal top braces, the new G5420T, like the previous model, follows pretty much the 'sound post'-style bracing with a pair of squared-edged and quite hefty longitudinal front braces, and a small square section block (not a dowel) placed centrally under the bridge connecting the top to the back.
It's not as efficient either in terms or sustain or feedback suppression as the 'trestle' or 'ML' bracing of the Professional models, but it's better than the Streamliner and should mean the whole guitar - a pretty big 406mm (16 inches) full-depth 'jazz box' - isn't over heavy.
In fact, our G5420T weighed over 1.5lb (0.7kg) less than the trestle-braced Professional G6136T-59GE Vintage Select 1959 Falcon that we reviewed recently.
The Electromatics have had 'secured' wood- foot Adjusto-Matic bridges since 2015, so that's not a new feature here. However, it means that not only is the bridge stable, but that intonation shouldn't be a problem, especially if you want to up the string gauge from the supplied 0.010s to 0.011s.
Our single-cut G5420T is based on the classic 6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body - the 'generic' Gretsch we all drew in our school books.
Setup is fast and quite slinky as supplied and the intonation is excellent, like the neck shape, which is, again, very 'Gretsch' with a quoted 'U' shape that feels slightly flat-backed and is slightly trimmer in depth (20.8mm at the 1st fret and 23.6mm at the 10th) than the Streamliners and the Professional models we reviewed earlier this year.
Fret specs too differ, too. The fretwire here is noticeably wider than the Streamliners and just a little wider than the Professional Series models. It shares a similar height to the Streamliner, however, which is lower than the Pros and, along with that neck shape and setup, helps to create a very contemporary, almost rock-like feel.
The pickups haven't changed since their 2011 introduction, but a subtle change is that a simple treble bleed capacitor is added to the master volume, which should help you retain the highs as you turn down. Aside from that, it's a very familiar drive.