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pentatone
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Feb 27th, 2010 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Today a buddy of mine lent to me his G5235 Electromatic ProJet for testing.
All I can say - I am overwhelmed. I never believed that a guitar in this price range could be this good. He had a fret levelling done and replaced the stock bridge with one of these roller bridges and the playability is absoluely top. The workmanship is flawles and with the goldtop it looks superb.
What impresses me most is the tone. I did some home recording and cannot hear a significant tonal difference to the much more expensive guitars from my arsenal.

Now the situation has arrived that I could manage to avoid for more than four years - I must have one of these. Would it be nice to take it for gigging at places I get afraid that one of my "sweethearts" could get damaged?

Ten Bob

ENGLAND

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Jul 1st, 2010 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i NEARLY bought an electromatic - cant remember the name / number but its the double cut, mini-buckers, comes in black or gold finishes, bigsby.

malcolm young was one of my main formative influences and i simply love the look of this guitar

my main guitars are a tele and a strat(with 2 p90's)
i have an Epi SG for the shorter scale length humbucker duties but i dont get along with SG's for various reasons, so i've decided i AM going to get the aforementioned electromatic, later in the year when i can sell some oth3er gear.

and i plan to have the top refinished red (dont like gold tops and i have two black guitars already and i love the look of the real gretsches of this type in red from the 60's.

some speak of the shortcomings of the pups in these guitars, but i have a good amp so if these pups are at least half decent i think i'll be happy. (DONT THINK THESE PUPS ARE EASY TO REPLACE WITHOUT ROUTING AND tv jones maybe a bit beyond my budget)

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Jun 22nd, 2011 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played a silver Electromatic Pro Jet today during lunch and really liked the guitar. I don't have any guitars with a Bigsby so this is definitely a consideration.

I was amazed at how good the frework was on this MIC guitar.

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Jun 25th, 2011 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one (pro jet). I've gigged it and it's an amazing little imported tone machine.

The stock Gretsch mini humbuckers work, but a set of DeArmond 2000s or GFS "button-tops" (Rickenbacker SC repros) really make the guitar sing. If you keep the mini buckers in there, keep them low and crank up your amp. They sound a whole lot better this way than up close to the strings.

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Nov 7th, 2012 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought the Electromatic G5435T Pro Jet in goldtop on Saturday. We're still getting acquainted and it's kind of bewildering to a strat guy, but those filtertrons are stunning sounding...One of my first thoughts was similar to 5Strats, the fretwork wa very good, very slinky for a guitar at this point. I'm very pleased to add it to my collection.

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Nov 13th, 2012 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorta like a lightweight Les Paul...that's how I approach these tone sticks.

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Nov 14th, 2012 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After almost two weeks with the Pro Jet my conclusions are:

Louder than a Strat. Not quite LP, more p-90ish with hummer undertones. Bigsby just not as responsive nor should it be as a strat. Bewildering knob array takes study and get to knowing. Lighter than a strat. Overall nice git that I would take out in an instant.

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Western Pa.

Make it count
Dec 3rd, 2012 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Been thinking about getting one of these in FSR white or burgundy.

Nice to hear such positive comments about the Pro Jet!

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North Gnarlyington

Jan 14th, 2013 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are the current, chambered Pro Jets Chinese or Korean?

Peegoo
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Jan 14th, 2013 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Electromatics are MIC.

The Gretsch non-Electromatics (mo expensiver) are MIK .

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jan 22nd, 2013 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I finally played my Projet goldtop at an open jam in Kialua at the end of December. A music store sponsors the jam and I played through an Egnater head of some model, and a 2x12 cab of theirs. Stunning.

At volume is where this guitar begins to show it's real stuff. At least 2 guys broke protocol and asked to play it, I had to politely refuse.

In a sea of Strats and LP's this thing is worthy.

Axis40

Fredericksbu, Va USA

John F.
Feb 4th, 2013 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The ProLine Gretsch guitars are all made in Japan... Unless USA Custom shop special runs.

The modern FMIC Electromatic Gretsch guitars have been great guitars and seem to just be getting better. I have an older MIK 5127. It's been a wonderful guitar. I tried a Gretsch Electromatic Jet last year and really liked it a lot.


jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jun 13th, 2013 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wouldn't you know it, round bout the time I really get in love with this gold top, which on any other guitar I would have passed, They come out with a Caddy Green one and a quilted Red one for a hunert more.

Story of my life...;-)

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Oct 8th, 2013 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not that it matters, but I have been disappointed with the QC of the instrument, and shouldn't be for a 6 bone guitar. NOt the fit or finish, but the electronics.

I've traced and fixed an ungrounded buzz from the master tone control, the output jack continally loosens, requiring me to take of the back plate and hand hold the thing so I don't spin it. Tuning issues solved by removing the strings and removing the gunk built up from nut files that should have been removed at the factory, Bigsby issues,etc.

I'm not sure if I'm loving it, or hating it at this point.

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North Gnarlyington

Oct 8th, 2013 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

...and then you get into dropping more $$ into a MIC guitar and then it's not such a deal after all...

(This message was last edited by professor at 10:16 PM, Oct 8th, 2013)

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Oct 9th, 2013 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Indeed. I won't put a penny more into this guitar for obvious reasons. I don't hate the guitar, I love it for what it is, but it should be more for the money spent. It will be my last Gretsch.

Axis40

Fredericksbu, Va USA

John F.
Oct 9th, 2013 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm sad to hear that. I've been playing my 5127 almost exclusively recently. I love my Gretsches and I hate to hear that anyone is disappointed in theirs.

lox

Columbus, Ohio

Docofrock
Oct 26th, 2013 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The 5420 & 5422 Electros are Made in Korea. The professional series guitars are made inJapan

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Feb 21st, 2014 05:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Time moves on...and one thing I have learned about Gretsches, and projets in particular, play them like you stole them and they break in and come round nicely.

All of my former issues have disappeared, I do string it over the down tension bar instead of under it, and the Bigsby is more responsive, but all else was just buyers microscope..

It's a great guitar with great looks and sounds very nice through my HRDLX. I'm cool with it.

jay1vinton
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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Sep 30th, 2014 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Since that last post, I've discovered that Gretsch guitars need a lot of tinkering to make them play well.

You have to locate buzzes and vibrations at times. The TOM bridge is the old design with intonation screws that are almost falling out. So you have to set your intonation, and then use something like Hard as Nails Polish to seal them up so they won't move or vibrate. Slather it on the tension spring of the bridge too..

I also had to put Hard as Nails on the buzzing and vibrating down tension bar that goes unused. It stopped all of that noise.

I had to rework the nut, several times, finally passing a next larger string through the slots to ream out debris left by the factory. That helped enormously. Then I removed the teflon washer from the Bigsby handle to lower the arm which was nigh on to useless.

Little things and some patience make it a good guitar. I still don't have that solid feeling that I get from a strat or my PRS. Gretsches feel fragile.

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