The Gretsch 2016 G5420LH Electromatic Hollowbody Left-Handed Guitar is a straightforward, no nonsense model that is superb for both studio recordings and gigging. The sturdy workmanship comes as no surprise, the team at Gretsch know a thing or two about crafting road-ready models that keep up with the most demanding of performers. The stylish vintage finishes are matched by perfectly appointed modern touches that combine to create a heavenly instrument. If you're a left-handed rock 'n' roller, then it doesn't get much better than the G5420LH.
Bound single-cutaway body
Gretsch have shaped the G5420LH to a thinline hollow body design, which is built to create the perfect marriage of comfortability and tonal versatility. By using 5-ply maple as the body tonewood, the guitar is afforded a confident midrange character that has a gently rounded bottom-end, and sings across the highs with a sparkling clarity.
The body top is decorated with stylish over-sized bound f-holes that allows the acoustic timbre to project forth gracefully. The body is bound to create a stylish transition between the top and side woods. The paintwork has been treated to a slender yet resilient coating of gloss to preserving it for as long as possible. The body is completed by the application of a silver plexi pickguard, which proudly displays a black Gretsch logo.
Gloss-finished maple neck
Paired with the body is a gloss-finished maple neck, which is carved to a "U"-shape profile to guarantee a supportive and reassuring playing feel in the hand. Married to the neck is a bound rosewood fingerboard, which is home to 22 medium jumbo-sized frets that bear offset pearloid neo-classic thumbnail position inlays. The neck and fingerboard partnership establishes a confident playing feel, encouraging your fingers to roam freely. The 12-inch fingerboard radius allows your fretting hand to roll around in comfort, whilst string bends can be executed smoothly. The single cutaway body profile makes it significantly easier to reach the upper frets comfortably.
At the top of the neck is a Graph Tech nubone nut, which works in partnership with the vintage-style open-back tuning machines to uphold string tension and tuning integrity. Fitted to the G5420LH is an adjusto-matic bridge with a secured rosewood-based, which is paired with a glorious Bigsby Licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece. The hardware creates a seamless connection between the strings and body to optimise intonation and sustain, whilst the Bigsby offers meticulous control over vibrato.
Blacktop Filter'Tron pickups
Fitted to the body are two BlackTop Filter'Tron humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions. Designed to enhance the "fat" timbre produced by the body, this pair produce an enviable tonal arsenal for you to play with. The neck position enhances the plucky articulation of the neck and fingerboard, whilst the bridge pickup draws more from the body, generating a thunderous charge when you want it.
Control over the pickups comes in the form of a three-way pickup selector toggle switch, which allows you to select either pickup independently or select both outputs simultaneously for a fuller tone. Each pickup has an independent volume knob, and both are connected to master volume and tone pots.
Manufacturer Gretsch Model 2016 G5420LH Electromatic Hollowbody Left-Handed Guitar Neck Material 5-ply Maple Fingerboard Material Bound Rosewood Pickup Configuration HH Bridge Hard Tail No. of Frets 22, Medium Jumbo Position Inlays Pearloid Neo-Classic Thumbnail Pickguard Silver Plexi with Black Gretsch Logo Bridge/Tailpiece Adjusto-Matic with Secure Rosewood Base/"Harp" shape Active/Passive Passive Tuners Vintage Style Open-Back Pickups Neck/Bridge: Blacktop Filter'Tron Controls Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Volume, Master Tone Pickup Switching 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup Finish Black
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