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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 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,856 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 1, 2010

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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9 of 10 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 5 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 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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As others have stated, this is just a rebadge of the Fender Champ 600 amp. I'm a big Fender amp fan, and this definitely has the tone of the original 50's vintage Fender amps.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. Gavoni on January 7, 2014
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arrived on time..packaging good. Don't have much to offer. Used the Chinese tube for awhile..hmmm not bad. I'm using an old epi jazz box..with this tube it didn't sound like a jazz box.. thats a good thing because my favorite blues is Muddy's Satisfied, rollin stone.. his version of Rollin and TUMBLING ETC..Robert Nighthawk and the like.. I TRIED 6 DIFFERENT TUBES.. NOTHING ELITE.. THE USUAL.. tUNG sol etc. Each one made a difference.. the Tung Sol sounded sweet but that's not my aim. So I replaced it with the original. I like this amp the way it is but needs a little more overdrive with the guitar I'm using.. haven't changed the pre tube yet. Its easy to hear the potential of this amp.The mods seem tastey, but there are some blues that sound perfect the way it is..My aim is Muddy and Robert Nighthawk. Could use a stomp box but I'm a snobby purist. My only kick is the screws holding the back on are so tight that I might have to drill a few out.. no biggie. I was able to change the 6v6 tru the opening...I'm liking this amp alot. o'ya.. with my other guitars there is over drive to spare.. also I am solo.. only small rooms.. for me the volume is fine..
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