a very good value for the money - Gretsch G5438 Gold Top
This guitar is made in China. The build quality is similar to a Korean made guitar, which in my estimation is EXCELLENT ! The fit and finish are flawless, and I looked very closely for any defects and could not find ANY. The playability is great right out of the box thanks to Sweetwater's inspection / setup and no adjustments were needed.
This guitar has that true Gretsch tone and the blacktop Filtertron pickups sound top notch, clean when played lightly and they have that 'grind' when pushed -- nice !! The body and neck have good feel and balance and the Kluson style tuners are tight and responsive.
The only issue with this guitar is that it is not well shielded from 60 cycle hum, but I will get out the copper foil and do this myself.
All in all this guitar is sweet ! Thanks for reading !