When I first played it, I was worried, Acoustically, it sounded like a toy guitar from my perspective. Then I finally got my nerve up and played it for my wife, who is also my performance partner and percussionist. That's when I discovered the magic of the archtop guitar -- it projects ALL THE SOUND TOWARD THE AUDIENCE! Her comments: "I'm hearing lovely tones I've never heard out of your other guitars. It's beautiful, like something out of heaven. On the other hand, you're going to have to become a better guitarist because I can hear every d**n mistake you make. This is obviously an instrument for a master. I'm getting you six hours of recording studio time so you can learn how to use this instrument." OK. Like my wife, this guitar is beautiful, has a compelling voice, and I love it.
Besides, It's a GRETSCH!
Oh, and let's NOT forget SWEETWATER's amazing customer service. Thank you very, very much, Geoff!