This arrived in perfect condition and was already setup ready to go, I put some locking tuners on and changed the strings to a gauge I prefer and, well this is such a great guitar.
It’s a nice weight, feels substantial without being an anchor. Necks not too thick, sort of cross between 60s les Paul and an older style tele, quite comfortable in the hand and not fatiguing when playing stuff like bar chords etc. Lovely finish. The colour is much nicer in real life than in the photos, its not so yellow gold, very classy in-fact, hardware is nice, well built, chrome well finished, nut is cut properly, not sure the material but it’s not worth changing as it does its job very well. Frets are level, fret ends are well finished, nothing sharp although the fret board was quite dry so worth an oil, (12” radius) incidentally I wasn’t sure what the walnut board was going to be like and I think it’s a surprisingly nice alternative to rosewood, prefer it to pau ferro once its oiled.
But it’s the pickups that I got this Gretsch for, and they are great. sort of modern and old fashion all at the same time so they’re sort of doing their own thing and that’s really pleasing to the ear. Great for bluesy stuff, great for jazz, great for country great for pub pop tunes, both ballads and quick stuff. Sits in a mix so neatly (especially with single coils) and great live through my Vox-ac30, nice clean and nice overdriven, (although its happier with classic overdrive rather than very hot modern distortion tones, that’s just my ears though, I guess it could djent at a push lol).
The main issue I have now is that I can’t find a case it will fit in properly. Its too wide for the normal single-cut cases so for now I’ve put it in a semi-hollow case, it’s a bit lose but I’ve just stuffed some random padding in it and it make do for now
So that’s my recommendation, its not a lot of money for a great axe, defiantly give it a go id say