Electromatics

NGD: G5230T Broadway Jade Metallic

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I've been on looking at various Electromatic Jets for some time now. I wanted something that can be a bit more of a 'daily driver' than my 6120.

And just when I had settled on getting a blue DC Jet, THIS thing shows up on my Youtube recommendations. I fell head over heels for the color and ordered it the same day at Gear 4 Music, who had posted the video. In less than 48 (still agonizing) hours a van showed up with a box...

With another box inside...

Blurry 'cause excited...

Let's get all the protective stuff off and see what it really looks like in part 2.

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Let's start with the finish. It's very well done, there's a fine white/silver flake in it that's almost pearl-like. There's a bit of clear coat build up in a couple of corners, other than that really well applied.

The neck is really comfortable, fretwork is flawless.

The pickups are definitely filtertrons but they have their own flavor: they're a bit snarlier and a bit more nasal but not in a bad way, a bit tele-ish. I like them a lot. Notes just fly out with little effort. Combine that with the super nice neck and you have something that feels and sounds like a pro level instrument.

Oh, the three way adjustability is a wonderful feature that should be seen more on high-end instrument.

Are there bad things? Yes, there are. Action was setup way too low and the nut pinched the B and E string. The tab in the jack needed a little bend for better grip. The pots were bit scratchy from sitting idle and there was rust on the threads of the strap buttons.

In short: a stellar guitar, certainly at this price point but needed some setup and mild tech work.

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Definitely a great looking guitar....the color (seafoam green?) is killer!!!! So very tempting with this post......you'll have to check in with first impressions.(quick edit: Just saw you posted the visual inspection so tone is next!) Congratulations!!!

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Gorgeous color! Congratulations!

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Creamy sweetness. I'm Jelly .

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Congrats ,cool colour!

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Yeah, that color looks great, especially in the second photo!

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Love it. Color-matched headstock and all-around binding are the business. Enjoy!

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That's purdy! I'm pretty sure it needs a Reverend soft spring for the Bigsby - Electro solidbodies always whammy way too stiff for me.

And I just can't think what else it might need.

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Dig that finish! There was an Electromatic Double Jet not too long ago that had that top finish w/white back and sides .

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Stunning. Love that color.

Thanks for the detailed initial analysis.

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Every year around this time I start to think of getting something similar in color. Very nice. Congrats

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Thanks for all the comments. For now I'll live by the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' mantra. The spring is indeed a bit stiff but I don't mind.

There are plenty of clips and demo's out there and anything that doesn't have tonnes of gain in it, would be a fairly accurate representation.

If I had to describe the tone it would a 'romanticized fifties rock 'n roll'. Compared to regular filtertrons these blacktops put a bit more emphasis on the higher mids. They're still very clear sounding and very lively with a Telecasterish snarly twang. I wouldn't change them unless you have something very specific in mind. For who's interested in the numbers, I measured the DC resistance at the jack: both pickups measure 4.27K.

The tone knob is a bit strange. Normally it would roll of the highs but this does something in the mids. Almost like a wah.

What else can I say? It's pretty, it's well made, it's comfortable, it's plenty versatile, it's enjoyable to play. Apart from the minor issues I mentioned, it's way better than I expected for a guitar at this price point.

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Congrats, she's a realy beauty! Some years back, I bought a Gretsch G5436T White FSR Pro Jet with Blacktop Filter'Trons. Played great, looked great. My only issue with it was that it weighed like a boat anchor. I moved it on as I couldn't abide with the weight.

How is the weight for your G5230T?

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I weighed it on my kitchen scale and it read just short of 3.9kg.


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