Wanted a Gretsch sound, but could not afford a 6120, so settled on this. Wow, talk about bang for the buck! I would definitely buy another one, if this one goes AWOL. Improvements - better switches and pots. The cost differential between cheap & nasty and decent pots/switches is minimal, Gretsch should fix that! My favorite aspect? Simply - it looks and plays cool!
Model Year: 2008
Price: $700.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Long & McQuade
Low action, fast neck (perfect for rockabilly). Flaws are in the electronics, which are easily upgraded - it comes with cheap pots, switches, etc, but a good wiring harness.
I play it with a Fender Pro Reverb, and a Trayner YCV-20. Rockabilly mostly, but it does jazz also. The sound is typical Gretsch (there is no other way to describe that). I've already upgraded the bridge pickup (to TV Jones Classic), but it was not absolutely neccessary.
I baby mine, play at gigs about once a week. Definitely gig-worthy, but it needs a good case, and Gretsch does not have one. I found one (meant for an Epiphone Casino) that works well. Too soon for major work - had it less than a year. I installed Schaller Straplocks, they're holding well - don't cound on the Gretsch standard knurled locks for anything! Climate wise, no problems so far.