Very solid guitar for the under $500
I've been enjoying my new Gretsch G2622 for about a month now. I'm very happy with my shopping experience and the service I received afterwards. Thanks, Sweetwater!
I can't say enough about the guitar. It's set up just about perfectly right out of the box, as long as you are good with .10 to .46 gauge strings. There are only a couple of issues, and they're not huge. First, the G string tends to go out of tune if you're bending beyond a half step. I understand this can be remedied by doing a little bit of filing/sanding on the nut. Second, the bridge pickup is not squared up with the body and a little loose to the touch. Again, this should be a rather simple fix. Otherwise, this is a great guitar.
The style and the sound are exactly what I was looking for, and at this price I don't have to be paranoid about minor dings when taking it out of the house. The Broad'Tron pickups provide some nice tones. It's very easy with a little bit of gain and the bridge pick up selected to get early AC/DC tones out of this thing. With low gain and the neck pickup selected, you can also get some familiar sounding semi-hollow blues tones. I'd definitely recommend this as a gigging guitar for anyone playing blues or rock. I don't play with high gain but have a feeling these humbuckers would do fine.
I can't speak to how this would compete with a $3,000 Gretsch, since I've never played one. By itself, and considering what I paid, this is a fine instrument. Thanks for reading!