#1
Does anyone out there know of any guitar shops in the North of England that stock the Gretsch G5135 Corvette? I have been looking for this guitar for ages and can't find it anywhere, and i really want to try it before i commit to buying. I live in Leeds and even travelled to Manchester to see if the Dawsons there had one but they didn't (turns out they dont have one in ANY of UKs Dawsons :/)

Any help guys?
Thanks
#2
Dawsons are shite, but they do have some higher end ones. Check on the Gretsch website to find a UK dealer (if there is one).
#3
nice DP bro.

the Gretsch site does display the authorised Gretsch dealers in the UK, however some of the websites don't show any Gretsch's, so it would mean contacting every single one to see if they have it :/
#4
no harm in calling the places near you

I've seen them in shops a few times, in Reading and Portsmouth, obviously not much help to you but they are out there. Have you heard one though? They're pretty and all...
#5
hmm its looking like i am going to have to... booo

yeah i have heard a couple of recordings/youtube vids of it and i do like the sound, i wanna have a go myself though and see what kind of sound i can get out of it
#6
It's ok if you can't find a Gretsch Corvette. If you're dealing with the Electromatic one, which I assume you are, it's not a very good guitar. As a huge Gretsch fan, I would recommend any other Gretsch but the Electromatic Corvette. It's basically a less versatile SG.
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#7
You haven't really given me any reason as to why it isn't a good guitar, why do you have this opinion?
#8
Quote by Nemesis117
nice DP bro.

the Gretsch site does display the authorised Gretsch dealers in the UK, however some of the websites don't show any Gretsch's, so it would mean contacting every single one to see if they have it :/


just write a stock email and send it to a bunch of local stores. with any luck some of them will answer (so that'll save you bother) and the ones who don't, you can phone.
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#9
Have you tried asking pmt in Leeds to order one in for you. also there is a Dawson's in leeds now, but I wouldn't go there if I was you
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#10
yeah i have been to the Dawsons in Leeds, its pretty small. They dont have the corvette in ANY Dawsons shop :S
erm they might do but i only want to have a go on the thing i dont wanna buy it (it will be over priced at PMT probs)
#11
Quote by Nemesis117
You haven't really given me any reason as to why it isn't a good guitar, why do you have this opinion?

Alright, so, thank you for waiting, I had work and class and went to bed right after that, so sorry I couldn't reply immediately.

The Gretsch Electromatic Corvette is not necessarily a "bad" guitar; it is built well, and will probably survive a couple of years of regular playing. Also, it plays like one of Gretschs hollowbodies, with the big neck, and not like a solid body, and you might like that, but just so you know.

First off, the Corvettes use the Gretsch Mega'Tron pickups (the only Gretsch to do so, currently) which compared to other Gretsch Pickups, and even other PAF-style HBs, are dull and lackluster, which for a ~$650 guitar you can do better. Also, because of the shape of the Mega'Tron pickups, only a few replacement pickups can just be dropped in without heavy modification. I wouldn't put down that kind of money for a guitar that has mediocre pickups that practically can't be replaced.

Secondly, do you notice any similar Epiphone models? That's right, the (original) Corvette's were Gretschs mid 60s take on the Epiphone Wilshire, which you can get a better reissue of than the Corvette, for about ~$300 less. I know that's not really a reason, but if you are incline to purchase a Corvette based on shape, I'd really recommend the Epiphone this time.

Finally, the Corvette is one of four (non chambered) solid-body guitars Gretsch makes, the other three being the Bo Diddly Signature (the square one), and the Junior Jets 1 and 2. Unfortunately, all four of these models suffer because of that, because basically, Gretsch is not very good at making solid-body guitars. While practically every other Gretsch (I won't say all because the Jazz Box-style Syncromatic is so different) has that "great Gretsch sound" of being deep and full while also twangy and bright, the Corvette (and also the Bo Diddly) lacks the fullness of all their other guitars. While this lack of fullness is not necessarily a bad thing, I believe that the Corvette is not worth the $600+ asking price.

And that's why I can't, in good faith, recommend the Gretsch Corvette. Maybe if it was $150 less, or if you could get one used, it would be worth buying, but not at the current retail price.

Again, thank you for your patience.
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#12
Pmt will be over priced, but they will price match and I found they have good care,although i buy most stuff there so that might be why they sort me out
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#13
@kangaxxter - thank you for a very thorough explanation, i first thought you were going to just slate it without a reason but you did back up your point.
I appreciate your input, however i am not going to base my purchase on the back of one person (no offence). I have read lots of good reviews of the guitar online varying in opinion (including one from Total Guitar magazine) so there are positive and negative critiques. This is the reason i need to try the guitar for myself and see how it responds to my playing etc.
Also damn you for living in the US where shit is cheap, $600 converts to around £375 however in the real world the guitar is more like £550 :/
#14
also @avenge the rage - yeah they are a decent shop but i just don't want them to order it in, then i try it and don't like it. awkward much?
#17
Quote by Nemesis117
Also damn you for living in the US where shit is cheap, $600 converts to around £375 however in the real world the guitar is more like £550 :/

Import duties suck. Especially from Korea to basically anywhere else in the world, and I'm pretty sure (not 100%) that Gretsch does final Quality Control in the USA, which means to get to the UK, your guitar has to go halfway around the world.

But yeah, I usually (key-word there) don't make claims about guitars without a reason, and I don't consider "Because I had a bad experience with the first and only guitar of this model I've ever played" a valid reason.
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#18
i'm still considering whether its cheaper to buy it from an american site and have it imported into the UK, depends on how much customs tax is...
also, did you own this guitar or something?
#19
No, but there is a local store I (used to) frequent at least every other week that sells practically only Gretschs, Fenders and Jacksons (i think they just started selling ESPs, too), and I got to play a whole bunch of them over the past few years, and could never convince myself to like one. I wound up buying a G5122 about 18 months back, but had to sell it a little while later.
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#20
I really really wouldn't buy this guitar without playing it first. I really wanted one until I played one.
#21
ooh i have been looking at the G5122 aswell but its a little bit more expensive :/ can i just ask, is it any good when distorted a lot? (for example i am getting a Big Muff this weekend...)
how is that bridge too? i imagine it gets annoying if you knock it slightly or if you break a string.

@smb - yeah that is why i don't wanna ask a place to order one in for me. Especially with this guitar because if i don't buy it i doubt they will sell it easily, its not really a most wanted...
#23
Quote by Nemesis117
ooh i have been looking at the G5122 aswell but its a little bit more expensive :/ can i just ask, is it any good when distorted a lot? (for example i am getting a Big Muff this weekend...)
how is that bridge too? i imagine it gets annoying if you knock it slightly or if you break a string.

The G5122 is really amazing with distortion, turn down the tone knobs and it gets "throaty," like twangy in the sense that you can hear all the strings, but without the high end. And then you can turn on a Fuzz Pedal (like a Big Muff) and get very close to a White Stripes-era Jack White sound (think Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground), but it's a little hard to get it to feedback the right way for that; your amp needs to be rather loud.

Which reminds me, feedback. 99% of the time, it's not an issue. Mostly it was when I was playing standing up and turned to face my amp with the volume knobs still up all the way. Never really did it when I was play (unless I tried to get it to feedback).

About the bridge? Honestly, it was really annoying for like the first week, but just like playing a guitar with a floating tremolo, you get used to it fairly quickly.
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#24
Ha, i just went to Manchester last weekend, Forsyths is AWESOME, i got to try the Baritone they had in too which was pretty sweet :P

I was wondering about feedback, i think the people who complain about semi-acoustics feeding back are the ones who haven't ever played them...
Did you ever gig with it? How did it do onstage?
Would you say its worth its £620 price tag? (i think thats $990)
#25
Nope, never gigged with it. But, I would say that $990 is a little on the steep side for it, but compared to the other options available in that price range (I'm thinking Epiphone Casino, and some Hagstroms), I'd definitely recommend it.
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#26
i might have to visit a post office and ask about customs tax, its $750 from Samash and they've said they will deliver it for $90, so if its less than $150 to import it then its worth it.