In fact, the most obvious difference here is the sound. That’s not saying the G5120 doesn’t have a nice smooth voice, as even the treble pickup offers an exceedingly warm, expressive tone, but it’s missing some Filter’Tron-powered twang.
This can be countered by an external EQ device or upping your amp’s treble but it’s not quite as convincing as a G6120: it’s not as acoustically resonant either. That said, it’s easily the slinkiest player of the lot and the Bigsby, which has been set-up to perfection, is as stable as such a contraption can reasonably expect to be.
Bridge then neck pickups:
Pros: Authenticity; build quality; tone.
Cons: At this price, nothing about the guitar, though a gigbag would be nice.
Verdict: If this is anything to go by, the Electromatic range is now a serious affordable alternative to a ‘real’ Gretsch.