I'm exceedingly happy that I was in the market for a Gretch when the G5422tdc jumped out at me. The WOW factor occurs every time I open the case! I was indeed happy to sell my 1956 Gibson es125 to step into a Gretsch. This guitar may not have the resale value of the Gibson, but it's a far better guitar with versatility. I'm getting sounds I never expected from a guitar. I've been playing since 1964 and am 68 years old. This guitar has rejuvinated my interest in the instrument. I now play every day rather than twice a year! I have nothing bad to say about it. Hooked up to the Fender Champion 100 with the effects and two thumpin' 12's, I can rattle the county! This is my dream guitar and now in retirement, I'm living the dream. The finish is incredible. The urethane covers every seam flawlessly! It looks like Gretsch may have discontinued this model. That's ok.........it'll make mine more valuable!