Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the European Union version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Jun-18 > DOUBLE ANNIVERSARIES


We’ve often raved about Gretsch Electromatics and been consistently wowed by sheer quality of the Players Edition Anniversary, so what happens when they go head to head? Huw Price indulges in a spot of jazzboxing…


We had the pleasure of getting to grips with one of Gretsch’s Japan-made G6118 Anniversary guitars back in April of last year, and to celebrate the company’s 135th anniversary, the brand has decided to deck that same guitar out in a lovely gold/cherry combo. However, there’s, no point in us reviewing the same model twice, so it’s very handy that Gretsch has also revealed 135th Anniversary limited edition Electromatic version.

What better opportunity for us to assess just what that extra £1,300 or so is going to get you if you’re in the market for a big-bodied Gretsch? On the surface, the Korean-made G5420 is, like the G6118T, a Bigsbyloaded single-cut with ‘neoclassical’ thumbnail markers and an identical control layout featuring a master volume at the cutaway combined with individual volume controls and a master tone. Beyond this, however, the guitars are quite different – which is signified by a sizeable difference in price.


Although ostensibly a mid-priced guitar, the G5420TG has various features that are more commonly associated with high-end Gretsches. We’re talking f-holes, headstock and fingerboard binding, and a pinned compressed ebony bridge.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Guitar Magazine - Jun-18
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - Jun-18
Or 449 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 2.83 per issue
Or 3399 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only € 3.49 per issue
Or 349 points

View Issues

About Guitar Magazine

The June 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside we celebrate 135 years of Gretsch, check out a pair of the company’s sparkling new Anniversary models and trace the history of some of the most famous and affordable guitars ever to deliver ‘That Great Gretsch Tone’. We also find out how Jonathan Wilson became a go-to guitarist and producer for artists as diverse as Roger Waters and Father John Misty and get a close look at his killer live rig. Elsewhere, we get to grips with a breathtaking original Olympic White 1963 Stratocaster, rundown the world’s most popular fuzz pedals in our buyer’s guide and review a host of new gear from the likes of Universal Audio, Maybach, Eastman, Fender, Rift Amps, Way Huge and more. In this jam-packed special edition of the mag we also go behind the scenes with Crimson Guitars, interview the legendary Bill Wyman about the home-made bass that powered early Rolling Stones hits, give a mystery vintage Fender amp a makeover, go into the studio with up-and-coming UK roots duo Ida Mae, salute the genius of former Gibson president Ted McCarty… and give you the chance to win a road-ready Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV combo worth £849. Phew! Get your copy of the June 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now.