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allthumbs
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Max Doubt

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Apr 28th, 2009 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I gather "Electromatic" means "cheap line". Where are these guitars manufactured?

dan pascoe
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Kansas City

just me
Apr 28th, 2009 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

China...still a very good guitar for the price...I own a silver pro-jet, and a corvette... try one!

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Max Doubt

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Apr 28th, 2009 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK Dan. Thanks I will.

dan pascoe
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Kansas City

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Apr 28th, 2009 07:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thought I would toss this out there, depending on the gretsch sound your looking for, a pro-jet or corvette will not quite get you there, close though...you may want to look for one with DeArmonds in it for pups...these will get you a lot closer to the big boys...looking at your gear Id say..

Erik Nygaard

Norway

Apr 29th, 2009 04:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The cheapest ones are the Jet Jr with mini humbuckers wich means there may be some woodwork involved if you want to change the pups to say TV Classics.
That said I like mine and it sounds quite different from my Les Paul, Strat and Tele so its a keeper (and the tobacco sunburst looks very nice).


Comfortably Numb

USA

Apr 29th, 2009 07:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I believe the 512x series are made in Korea.

I have a gold Pro Jet. It competes with my MIA Strat for playing time. It holds it's own quite well. The fit and finish is also very good.

F107Plus5

Florida, USA

May 2nd, 2009 06:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The best selling guitar in the Gretsch line up is the 5120. It, and its' brothers, the 5122 and 5124-5129, are all made by SPG in Korea.

Other than some of the components used to save money in manufacturing, the word "Cheap" sure doesn't fit these Guitars.

"Great Value" or "inexpensive" are more appropriate, and since it appears that most serious Gretsch fans will mod their fiddles anyway; the cheaper, uh; Less Expensive, parts are soon relegated to the History Books regardless. Speaking of history; I paid the same amount of Dollars for my Country Gentleman back in 1965, and other than the amount of frillies tacked on, I can't see any difference in Quality or Workmanship or playability between the two.

When I bought my Orange 5120; I paid $600 for it. The average price has gone up to $700 this year.

....yeah; I'd pay 8 if it went up again and I wanted another one.

Another thing to remember. Unlike Fender with the Squire line; Gretsch calls their Electromatic series "Gretsch". It's not "Electromatic by Gretsch", but "Gretsch, Electromatic".

It is first and foremost a real Gretsch.

There have been a ton of discussions over at the Gretsch Pages over the major differences between a 5120 that looks and sounds and plays like a 6120(modded with TV Classics, Gold painted Pickguard with Gretsch Logo, a Rocking Bar Bridge, and like that)and the differences usually come down to the difference between 5-ply construction vs three, and a slight difference in workmanship which may translate to a slight improvement in playability.

....other folks insist that the 5120 plays better! It's up to the individual player to determine since different Pro-Line models have different neck profiles.

And of course there's the lack of some of the more expensive items; like F-hole Binding and binding around the wood overlay on the headstock, and stuff like that. Some folks even contend that the Licensed Bigsby is actually superior to the US made component on the Pro-Line!

...yeah; something about the Licensed unit being made in a modern factory with newer techniques....

And then there's "Soul" and "Tradition" and like that. Like maybe the Japanese can get closer to the True Gretsch Brooklyn Mojo than the Koreans.

I dunno; maybe they can!

They are a true "gateway Drug" though!

If they are "This Good" at "This Price", just how much better can a Pro-Line really be!!??

I really gotta get me another one!



jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Dec 3rd, 2012 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got me a G5435T gold top pro jet a few weeks back..I so far have found nothing to complain about with this guitar. Fact is, I went in for strings yesterday and they had 3 others hanging, hollow bodies etc.. I thought, well I have 4 strats, why not... uh.. get outta here quick.. so I did.

I found out that I may have the only Gold Top pro jet out here. The authorized store has 3 stores on Oahu and 1 on the big island and none but the store I bought it at had any at all, and only the one came in to see if there was interest....

Quackerjack
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USA

Dec 3rd, 2012 06:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had a 5122, and I have a G100CE. Both made in Korea, and both excellent guitars.

Electromatic G100

(This message was last edited by Quackerjack at 06:16 PM, Dec 3rd, 2012)

Uncle Pat

Central KY

Seasonal musician
Dec 5th, 2012 06:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just traded for a 5127 in powder blue. Still fine-tuning pickup height on the Dynasonics, but this thing is a PLAYER. Once I restrung in and got the action and intonation where it needed to be I literally can't put it down.
The workmanship on this "cheap" guitar is every bit as good as my custom shop Les Paul...which sort of pisses me off but that's another story. ;)


Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

Make it count
Dec 5th, 2012 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Uncle Pat, I can't find the 5127 in the Gretsch catalog - what is it? Powder blue sounds enticing!

Do you have any pics?

(This message was last edited by Joe Potts at 02:44 PM, Dec 5th, 2012)

Uncle Pat

Central KY

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Dec 5th, 2012 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

From what I've gathered on the few Gretsch forums I've been stalking since I picked this up, this run of Korean-made Electros, 5125-5129 came with DeArmonds and the floating compensated Bigsby bridge. Colors incl red, black, powder blue, not sure what else...but the blue is apparently on the rare side. It's not tricked-out like the 6100's (one of which I'm now determined to own since acquiring this one...) but it gets me there.
When I took this apart for a general cleaning and going over, upon removing the pickguard and bridge the color was a shade or two darker under there so it has faded over time. It was probably quite the looker when the finish was new.
Still, it's in excellent condition otherwise. I don't have a pic yet...will try to take one with my iPad.

wnstardis
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Bill~~~
Dec 5th, 2012 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love my 5125, It's a real Gretsch and is just as playable as my 6128T.

Edited to correct 6126 to 6128...

My Gretsch 5125

(This message was last edited by wnstardis at 04:12 PM, Dec 5th, 2012)

Uncle Pat

Central KY

Seasonal musician
Dec 5th, 2012 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bill, that's a beauty!

Joe, I'll have to email it to you, if you want.


5Strats
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Hello Blackbird
Dec 5th, 2012 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Darn you guys, now I've got a real jones for a 5125!

Listening to Brian Setzer, the Cramps and Reverend Horton Heat is also to blame.

Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

Make it count
Dec 5th, 2012 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Uncle Pat,the light's on. By all means, send me a pic!

Uncle Pat

Central KY

Seasonal musician
Dec 5th, 2012 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sent from the basement lair!

Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

Make it count
Dec 8th, 2012 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I see the Pro Jet is now available in white, orange, or burgundy. Yum!!

Don't need GAS now, don't need GAS now...

Yummy Pro Jet

Beatlefreek

Canada

Living is easy with eyes closed
Dec 8th, 2012 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

F107Plus5: "Other than some of the components used to save money in manufacturing, the word "Cheap" sure doesn't fit these Guitars."

TOTALLY agree!!

Uncle Pat

Central KY

Seasonal musician
Dec 8th, 2012 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And who among us hasn't opted for better components.
;)

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