If you are reading this, you are most probably tipping your toes into the Gretsch world and you are unsure if Gretsch is really for you. Tread carefully for Gretsch is a magic brand unlike any other and sooner or later one will get under your skin. I sold my first Gretsch only to suffer a serious case of seller's remorse just a few weeks after. The G5220 was the cure, and I am already eyeballing the G5266T just as a prescriptive therapy.
What is the "Great Gretsch sound"? You need to give it a try and hear for yourself, as there is definitely a very authentic and special tone coming out of this guitar. If I would need to describe it, the G5220 sounds like a child of a Les Paul and a Telecaster, with significantly more resemblance to the latter. There's twang and edge, there's brilliance in the highs and there's definitely body in the mids. Cuts through the mix like a laser but roll the volume and tone back and it starts to play nice, never losing that trademark sparkle and angel dust on the highs. Put some dirt on it or even better, plug it into a Fuzz face to control the gain with a master volume knob and you are in for a sonic nirvana! I am yet to find a genre where this tone would be short of breath. Covers literally everything from Jazz to Metal, never losing that recognizable sound.
The finish quality is unparalleled and finish wise this Gretsch is probably one of the nicely finished instruments that I own. This particular color looks a bit dull in low light environments, but hit it with a bit of light and it's the best guitar finish color I've ever seen!
- Great (Gretsch) sound
- Outstanding finish & ergonomics
- Very light instrument
- Master volume taper is linear so you can tweak it very precisely
- Big block inlays are definitely an acquired taste