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Gretsch G5222 Electromatic Guitar Amp


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  • Electromatic Amplifier
  • Amplifier Type: Tube
  • Easy-to-record 5-watt amp perfect for small-room jam sessions and recording projects

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 18 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 16 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003K4RW0O
  • Item model number: 2301030000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,164 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

"Tone with soul" is how most players describe the compact-but-mighty Gretsch Electromatic G5222 Amp. Designed by guitarists, this low-output, easy-to-record 5-watt amp is perfect for small-room jam sessions and recording projects. It produces tone that spanks, sparkles and growls, and it rocks '50s-era looks that are undeniably Gretsch.

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Great retro look.
David E Baker
Five tube watts is pretty loud but it's not as loud as some of my other 5 watters- mostly due to the smaller speaker size.
Charlo
I Love this amp, its looks great it sounds great. its small enough to take with you, and still has great quality.
N. Pegis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charlo on March 29, 2013
This is the exact same amplifier as the 5 watt Fender Champion 600 reissue- just different cosmetics. They've stopped making the Fender version, so I imagine that when this is gone, it's gone. If you were wanting to pick one of these up new, do it soon. The amp has a single dial that functions as volume/gain. As you turn it up, it starts breaking up. Five tube watts is pretty loud but it's not as loud as some of my other 5 watters- mostly due to the smaller speaker size. There are two inputs- one being hotter than the other. I agree with another reviewer in saying that this amp benefits from a speaker upgrade. I went with the Weber Alnico and it's nicely matched for the amp and it won't break the bank. You can also unplug the internal speaker and run this into an external cab. It really opened up when I ran it into an open backed cabinet that was loaded with a V30. I've read about all kinds of ways to mod this amp- specifically to a 5F1 version of the Champ. Mercury Magnetics also makes a mod kit that will launch this amp into orbit (transformer upgrade etc- there is a guy on youtube that does a nice comparison of stock vs mercury modded and he tears it up!) but it's pretty pricey. You are better off building a clone if that's the exact tone you are looking for. This is not a 5F1 so don't expect to re-record Layla with the stock version. I haven't modded the circuit on mine, but I have been tempted to remove the negative feedback or do the tone stack bypass. The thing is, I'm getting pretty sweet tones in it's stock form using the right pedals and keeping my expectations realistic. This is a very vintage-voiced amp and it sounds great running a tele straight in and staying on the clean side. I've also used an EQ pedal, a TS, and a fuzz to good result. This is not a jack of all trades amp- even for practice. It has a specific old-school thing going on.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Converse on January 6, 2013
This Gretsch amplifier is, to my knowledge, just a rebadge of the Fender Champ 600 (which seems to no longer be on Amazon), if you're looking for some more reviews.

I have the Champ, it's good. It absolutely needs a speaker replacement, the stock speaker is a mess at the low end, but a cheap Jensen 6" tightens that up and produces a great sound. I wouldn't pay $200 for it, but at $100 or maybe $150 it's a sweet little amp. If you want to use it for recording, you'll need to put more money into it to reduce the hum. Otherwise, a speaker replacement and you're golden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Hitchman on January 6, 2011
While many guitarists prefer alot more than 5 watts of power out of a tube amp, I found that for something like practice or perhaps a small gig, this amp would be more than enough. The 5 watts of tube power out of the Gretsch sound much better when pushed than a more powerful SS amp. It has two inputs, the second being a bit cleaner sounding then the first, which is a little warmer. It comes with a 6 inch speaker that plays ok, but it has an external jack, so I pulled the little speaker out and made the Gretsch into a head for a 1x12 cab with an old Cleveland. That really brought out the sound. They require two tubes, a 12ax7 and a 6v6 (which are provided), but there are alternatives to these tubes that can alter the sound (slightly). I was impressed with the build quality, and it is just a very good looking, simple, and a great sounding amp, through both Strats and LPs. It has alot of potential and would probably be decent at a small gig or something (if miked). Also, I often see reviews suggesting adding a kit that has a valve rectifier/standby switch to "protect" the tubes from getting fried. It's not really necessary (your tubes won't get hit by that much on power-up). For the price, it really delivers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Pegis on October 27, 2011
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I Love this amp, its looks great it sounds great. its small enough to take with you, and still has great quality.
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By sparhawk on September 11, 2014
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It's small, simple, and only four watts, but it does the job and sounds great. It actually almost gets sorta loud and has great low warm tone. There are only two controls which is great, because an amp this small can only do so much anyway. So you got the power switch and volume knob and your good to go. Without any gain or fx the higher the volume the more distortion you get and its got a nice classic tube overdrive sound. Perfect practice amp easy to transport good for traveling. Hell, if it had a battery I'd take it camping.
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