You will not want to put it down.
Played a Fender Maple jazz bass in the 60s and 70s, then just got busy with life. But the last few months I had an opportunity to play again, and did the research on today's guitars. Played more than a few at the stores, and found a lot of them that I didn't want to play. Fret buzz, cheap parts, you know the usual stuff that drives a serious guitar player crazy. Real disappointed with the offerings in the $500 or less category! I had heard good things about Sweetwater from friends, and came across this Gretsch, well within the price range I was looking for. Man I must be crazy, but I believed the reviews and took a chance. Well, I WON on this one! They must have shipped it out that day, and out of the box it came. This is a quality guitar, the finish, tuning gears, pick-ups, controls. Everything is NICE. Sounds way deep on the tone, and the one thing I did was to put LaBella Deep Talkin flat wounds on it. Oh, yeah. You won't believe this set-up. I enjoy playing this thing better than the old Fender, a guitar which would sell for a lot of money today if I just would have kept it. But this Gretsch makes me not miss it at all.