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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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Gretsch G5222 Electromatic Guitar Amp + Fender Champion 600 Tube Set, JJ Tubes (x1 6V6, x1 12AX7) + Jensen MOD6-15 6" 15 Watt Guitar Speaker, 4 ohm
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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.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 18 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003K4RW0O
  • Item model number: 2301030000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,444 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

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20 of 22 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Eder on May 8, 2014
This is my favorite amp for getting a good all around overdrive sound from my prs. Swap out the tubes for some JJ's and you have yourself a top of the line practice amp that will impress anyone. Its about the size of a toaster and very easy to take anywhere you have to go. I also use it as a cabinet for my tubemister 5, jetcity picovalve, orange micro terror heads. the speaker just unplugs from the amp and plug it into my other low watt heads. Probably the bets buy of the year for me. Mine was actually in the super bowl commercial and have a cert. signed by Fred Gretsch 3rd. Adds to the cool factor.
Enjoy, I know you will
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8 of 10 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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3 of 4 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 David E Baker on November 27, 2010
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This amp was ok when I first hooked it up but, after two mods it was great sounding and loud for such a small amp. I installed an Alnico speaker and upgraded the tubes. It's the same as the Fender amp so there is alot of mods out there for this amp. Great retro look.
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I bought this amp recently because I needed a practice amp and I live in an apartment. After reading reviews I purchased the Jensen MOD6-15 6" 15 Watt Guitar Speaker and Fender Champion 600 Tube Set, JJ Tubes (x1 6V6, x1 12AX7). The speaker and tube replacements made a significant difference in quality of the clean sound. It was more difficult than I thought to replace the speaker and tubes because of how tight things are fitted in the amp as well as the back panel being glued down. With the changes, the amp begins to sound distorted at around 3 o’clock. It does not get distorted as easily as I prefer, so I use a Wampler Tweed ’57 distortion pedal rather than turning the volume up to the max. I tried the max volume on the amp with lowering the volume on my guitar and that did not really work for me. I also use an equalizer pedal, which helps because the amp has no treble, middle, or bass controls. With a six inch speaker, this amp does not produce much bass, as you would expect. I would not recommend you purchase this amp if you want to gig. If you want to play fenderish sounding clean or distortion tones at relatively low volume levels in your room, apartment, or home, this is a good amp. It seems like it was decently constructed as well.
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