1 Vic9658 1 year ago Although it's an odd way of starting a review I've got to say that I'm astounded that Gretsch have managed to get these guitars into the shops at a price point slightly less than most retailers were recently selling the G5120 for. When the first reports about them surfaced I was certain that we would be looking at a MRSP in the region of the Tim Armstrong model. Fortunately this is not the case. My sunburst G5420 arrived Friday morning. I know that it never happened if there are no pictures so here is a link to my actual guitar on the Richtone music website serial no 3730. http://www.richtonemusic.co... Their photography is much better than mine. Anyway. I didn't post immediately because I wanted to get some time in with the guitar first. It's had about 12-14 hours since it arrived and so now I feel happy to comment on it. Fit and finish - Superb. The finish is evenly applied all over with no voids. Binding is very tidily finished. Frets are well polished and nicely smooth at the edges. Inlays are well done with no sign of filler. Neck is lovely. It feels considerably wider than a Fender Deluxe player Strat neck and is more of a handful too. I would say it feels much more like the neck on a Yamaha APX series electro acoustic (although the frets are much bigger). Blacktops - That great Gretsch sound! I had planned to get some HS filters but that most likely won't happen now. I really like them and have no prejudice against ceramic magnets. Bridge pickup is my favourite, it's nicely rounded and not harsh at all. I've heard people describe them as 'darker' than HS filters and I'd agree at lower volumes but they seem to open up as the volume increases. B60 Bigsby - Works perfectly and the handle sits at the right height to hold whilst playing. I like the little rubber tip as well, it's very tactile. I planned to get a V cut Bigsby and most probably will in the future as it's an aspirational and aesthetic thing but there is definitely no rush (or functional requirement). Inevitably there are a few very minor niggles - The bridge is a rattling, buzzy piece of rubbish but I had already factored in the cost of a replacement and a Compton is already on it's way. Initially I quite liked the big chrome pickup surrounds but having looked at the guitar for 5 days now they are a bit overbearing and I could see replacing them in the future if Paul Setzer or another forum member starts making similar sized plastic replacements that mimic the normal Gretsch surrounds. That said it's not a big deal and I can easily live with them. Overall I could not be more pleased with the guitar, especially since I'm not now Jonesing for new pickups. It's the first guitar I've had which I think is actually limited by the quality of the gear I'm playing it through. I don't have a pro line to A B it with but it is definitely better built than my previous Gretsch, a G3156 Historic series Streamliner, surprising since both were, I believe, made by Samick. Kudos to Gretsch for both raising quality and maintaining a price point. They deserve to sell these by the truckload.