Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar

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Unsafe at any speed.

Buckle up boys and girls, because this CVT will take you on a ride to the wild side of Gretsch guitars. Mega'Tron pickups howl at the wind, and the ultra slim design means you can take this baby on the go! Made in response to the numerous electric guitar players who have requested a contemporary version of this short-lived model from the 1960s, the G5135 Electromatic CVT guitar combines modern features with retro styling into one instrument that is truly built for speed.

The ultraslim, solid mahogany body is lightweight and easy to shoulder, without sacrificing the unique, biting tonal properties for which mahogany is known. Additional features include a set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and 22 frets, adjustable truss rod, an anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge and Bigsby B50 tailpiece, dot position markers, pearloid headstock inlays, black pickguard, chrome plated hardware, vintage style tuners and G-Arrow knobs.

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  • Solid mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck (24.6" scale)
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Bone nut (1-11/16" wide)
  • Vintage style machine heads
  • Dual Mega'Tron pickups
  • #1tone pot control setup
  • G-arrow knobs
  • Anchored Adjusto-matic bridge
  • Bigsby B50 vibrato tailpiece
  • Gretsch knurled strap knobs

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Gretsch GuitarsG5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar

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By azglenn

from middle tennessee

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

    I have two Vettes, been using about a year, Gig two to three times a week, retired my 335 and my tele's sold my two strats, very fast neck, do my own set-ups so that was no problem, I do it on every guit I own, I love the tones you can get on this guitar, Played on Peavey, Behringer and fender amps, settled on a fender stage 1600. NO BACK ACHE'S after the gig

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    Old Corvette Gretch

    By ktfeeney

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

    I owned the original single pickup and it was very easy to play but, did not like the sound. The new double pickup is significantly better. Best part of this guitar is its easy playing. Your fingers glide over the frets. The new sound is comperable to my three PRSs.

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    Best value for the money

    By Delta Guy

    from Baton Rouge, LA

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar less than a week and I am amazed. I own an American Highway 1 Telecaster and bought this as a backup to keep in a different room and also for gigs if I break a string on the Telecaster. I was also thinking of using an alternate tuning on it for one song. The single coil pickups on the Tele also drew interference from something in my playing room but these humbuckers on the Gretsch have no such issues. It came set up just fine though I don't care for extra light strings so I put on a set of Dean Markley mediums with a wound 3rd string (just my preference but I think easier to play leads). This guitar is a good looking maroon, about as light and thin as it gets, the action is great, and the humbuckers and Bigsby make for a bargain like I've never seen. Two minor complaints are that the volume control should be a little closer to the pickups and away from the tremolo and the front strap peg could be toward the top of the body. And if you've never strung a Bigsby, it does take a little more work. These are minor points, however. I know this guitar is Chinese-made but it stacks up well against anything made over here and I've tried some great guitars. You can't find a better axe for this price. My Tele is upset and is going to need therapy. He's not used to sharing.

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    Great Little Guitar!!!

    By RhythmRocker

    from Springfield, MA

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

    This is a re-issue of a 60s model, although there are some modifications from the original headstock and vibrato that are borrowed from the Jet models. It is a very slim guitar that is rather small, comfortable and easy to play (the neck is just the right width for me). You'd never guess with its light weight that the guitar is all mahogany. The humbucker pickups shine on this guitar, bright and clear; they sound great through both my Fender tube amp and solid-state. The vibrato is a solid Bigsby model that functions fine if you know how to use it, The tuners are rather cheap (I have replaced mine), but I love the classic "G" knobs. My least favorite part of this guitar? The printed "Gretsch" name on headstock --why not pearloid inlay? Over all, a lot of fun to play, and eye-catching as well.

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    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G5135 Electromatic CVT Electric Guitar:

    Bought this guitar a few months ago. Finish is very good, strings..change them, pick-ups adequate but could be better. Overall I enjoy playing this guitar but would not recommend it to anyone. Intonation is a problem for sure and the neck is not very comfortable compared to my 5 other guitars. You get what you pay for.

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