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Gretsch G5222 Electromatic Guitar Amp

4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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  • Specifications -
  • Wattage - 5 watts
  • Impedance - 4 ohms
  • Speaker - One 6, 4 ohm Special Design driver with ceramic magnet
  • Channels - Two (High and Low Sensitivity)
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Product Description

Electromatic® Collection G5222, 5 watts, 2 tubes &

Product Information

Item Weight 15.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 18.8 x 18 x 9.8 inches
Shipping Weight 15.1 pounds
ASIN B003K4RW0O
Item model number 2301030000
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4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #68,878 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#23,082 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com April 13, 2004

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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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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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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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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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What you get for the dough here is pretty much nuts. Add any sort of tube ish pedal (I like Bad Monkey) and you have all sorts of killer valve tones. The manual says dime it and control dynamics with guitar volume and the manual is right. Noisy with sc pickups but perfect with an LP or similar.
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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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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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