Modern Gretsch Guitars

Electromatic Bodies vs other Gretsch’s

1

Hi,

My friend is teasing me with a Gold Sparkle Electromatic 5128 that's he's selling. I'm tempted, it's sounds amazing, but I had a 5129 before, and found the bodywork a bit weak. It only lasted two years before the neck started to bend, and I kept it in a strong Hiscox case. I'm a little wild onstage, little like Angus Young AC/DC. I just wondered if the more expensive Gretsch's had stronger bodywork, or is there not much in it?

Thanks in advance, Ralph

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Hi and welcome.

What exactly do you mean by the neck starting to bend?

Did it become twisted or did the heel come loose?

If it's bent inward a little, the truss rod only needs a bit of tightening.

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It was twisted beyond truss rod adjustment. It got stolen afterwards!

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I've had mine about four years now... it hasn't seen much stage time, but I keep it out on a stand, summer/winter, whatever. I play it all the time. I've never even had to adjust the trussrod! She still plays as well as she ever did.

Unless you get a multi-piece neck it's not going to be any more stable. You may have just gotten a bad one, I'm sorry to say. But it's the first time I've heard of it happening (doesn't mean it doesn't happen, it's just not a common complaint on the Interweb).

Go ahead, grab the gold sparkly... you know you want it...

5

I would say if you want a stronger hollowbody, the Tim Armstrong is the way to go. That one felt much more solid than other hollowbodies.

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I've had my 5129 for about 5 years, no neck bending for me and it was my primary guitar for about 2 of those years, I aslo beat the shit out of it. Maybe you got a Lemon. Get ittttttt.


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