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Gretsch Expands Electromatic Line With Two New Hollow-Body Basses

Gretsch has added several new models to their Electromatic series, including two new hollow body basses: the G5440LS and the G5442BDC. Though they share many features, the G5440LS is a 34˝ scale bass with a single-cutaway design while the G5442BDC is the little brother of the two, with a short 30.5˝ scale and double-cutaway body.

Gretsch G5440LS Electromatic Hollow Body Long Scale Bass

The new offerings are both stocked with the company’s new “Black Top” FilterTron pickups and feature 5-ply maple bodies, sound-post bracing, maple necks, and rosewood fingerboards. Binding is also a common theme as the body, neck, and f-holes are all bound. The fingerboard binding is accented nicely by hump-block inlays that act as fret markers.

Gretsch G5442BDC Electromatic Hollow Body Short Scale Bass

Hardware on each bass includes a rosewood-based four-saddle Adjusto-Matic bridge, enclosed precision tuners, and “G”-cutout tailpieces.

The Gretch Electromatic G5440LS and G5442BDC carry street prices of around $900. For more info, check out the Gretsch website.

Gretsch G5440LS Electromatic Hollow Body Long Scale Bass Specs:

  • Colors: Orange, Black
  • Body Material: 5-Ply Maple
  • Body Shape: Single Cutaway
  • Body Finish: Gloss Urethane, Gloss Urethane
  • Bracing: Sound Post
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.6875˝ (43 mm)
  • Scale Length: 34˝ (86.36 cm)
  • Bridge Pickup: “Black Top” Filter’Tron Bridge Pickup
  • Neck Pickup: “Black Top” Filter’Tron Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome-Plated
  • Bridge: Rosewood-Based 4-Saddle Adjusto-Matic Bridge
  • Tuning Machines: Enclosed Precision Tuners
  • Unique Features: Hump-Block Fret Board Inlays, Bound Body Top and Back, Bound Sound Holes, Bound Fingerboard, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, Adjustable Truss Rod, “G” Cutout Tailpiece

Gretsch G5442BDC Electromatic Hollow Body Short Scale Bass Specs:

  • Colors: Black, Transparent Red
  • Body Material: 5-Ply Maple
  • Body Shape: Double Cutaway
  • Body Finish: Gloss Urethane, Gloss Urethane
  • Bracing: Sound Post
  • Body Depth: 2.25˝ (57 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.6˝ (40.6 mm)
  • Scale Length: 30.25˝ (768.4 mm)
  • Bridge Pickup: “Black Top” Filter’Tron Bridge Pickup
  • Neck Pickup: “Black Top” Filter’Tron Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome-Plated
  • Bridge: Rosewood-Based 4-Saddle Adjusto-Matic Bridge
  • Tuning Machines: Enclosed Precision Tuners
  • Unique Features: Hump-Block Fingerboard Inlays, Bound Body Top and Back, Bound Sound Holes and Fingerboard, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, Adjustable Truss Rod, “G” Cutout Tailpiece