This Guitar Is AWESOME!!!
I ordered this guitar last week on Thursday February 26th. Though I have only been playing for about a year, I own 6 guitars, each with it's own purpose and unique sound. This guitar was specifically purchased for playing Roy Orbison. Though he used a Gibson Memphis (I can't afford lol), I knew this would sound great.
I order it online and selected Overnight shipment. I recommend this as it has fewer people handling it. The guys at Sweetwater took great care in packing this guitar (with original box into another box for added protection). It was easy and couldn't wait to get this bad boy.
Within 15 minutes of my order Robert Koch called me to thank me for the purchase and rely important information about the company and the purchase. I was not expecting a dedicated Sales Manager nor a call. Nice touch.
Anyway, on to the guitar review...
This guitar is beautiful. The image that they posted and serial number was the guitar they shipped to me. Trust me when I say this, the images do NOT do the guitar justice. It looked good on the web, looks GREAT in person. The guitar played beautifully right out of the box. I was playing acoustic songs first. While it is quitter than a standard acoustic, which is expected for an ELECTRIC guitar, it had great sound and projected what I played just fine without and amp.
Once I connected it to an amp though, WOW is all I can say. I use a small Fender Series 7 amp....but boy the sound output from that guitar versus the Fender Squire I have is leaps and bounds better. I will tell you though that in a METAL setting or Rock setting, you will not be able (or need) to turn the guitar gain past 1/4 of the scale. if you do, you will get resonance feedback. This should be expected as it is a Hollow Body guitar. the Tone can be adjusted at will and has several nice sounds even without changing the AMP settings.
I played it all day Friday, most of Saturday and Sunday. In total I have logged over 30 hours in 3 days with this and can't put it down. When I do, I just look at it!!! I have a professional musician friend that is so green with envy that he may order one too...and OWNS a Gibson!!
Great product, EXCELLENT service. I will be ordering more from Sweetwater and at least one more Gretsch (there are still 2 or 3 on my list that I want lol).
TOTALLY WORTH THE MONEY.