I've owned my specimen of this exact guitar for 2 yrs. or so. In that time, I've had ups and downs with it, but mostly growing pains of a new guitar. The tone is really really nice, somewhere between a Tele and a Paul, but with more chime and clarity.
Fit and finish is excellent for a guitar in this price range. The gold/bronze paint is stunning and flawless. No overuns, no mistakes, perfect. The back, I wish the back was the actual mahogany color of the higher end Jets, but it's the back so there is really no concern.
Frets are finished very nicely, very polished, and most important, especially for an import, the fret ends are smooth and bound. That's not a cheap touch. The tuners are good, I say good because there is a little movement in them and they are completely sealed with bean buttons, so there is no end adjustment screw to tighten them so slightly. Tuning is fairly stable but lubricant is in order at string changes.
The nut.... Well it is synthetic bone instead of cheap plastic, but QC could be better in the cut. The angles from the nut to the tuner are fine and well done, but they leave a lot of debris in the slots that has to be cleaned out to prevent binding. I simply did it with a string one size larger and it cleaned it right out. Mine came with some annoying black tool marks.
The Bigsby... if there is a hang to this guitar, it's the placement location of the Bigsby. It is far too close to the bridge and if you properly engage the down tension bar, the angle is so steep to the bridge, you have very little response. I chose to string over the bar and not use it at all, but then you have great response and warble, but with a rattling roller, so some hard as nails polish on the ends works wonders to silence the rattle.
The Bridge.. It's a standard TOM, so there can be some retainer spring rattle also, again intonate the guitar perfectly and put some hard as nails polish on the intonation screws and spring and let it sit over night to harden, and that noise is gone.
I love the strap buttons, classy of Gretsch then, and classy of Gretsch now. I was at first kind of put off by all the bling on the guitar, chrome everything but you get used to it.
The control Layout... can be intimidating and confusing at first, but you learn to set your pickup volumes and use the master. The beauty of this guitar is there are many tones in the volume knobs of the pickups, each one slightly rolled off or on gives a completely different character to the guitar. I love that aspect. The master tone, I'm not sure of, it has no treble bleed so it reduces volume as it reduces tone.
The block inlays in the neck are well done, no crookedness, no gaps, beautiful work. Overall, you get a lot of handsome guitar for the money paid.
The Blacktop Filtertrons... are really an amazing sounding pickup, cranked, they rattle your heart like a Paul, and moving from the very warm neck pickup to the bridge is a definate difference, but not that ice pick or loss of volume you experience with some humbuckers. Behind the bridge in the string pull area are lots of little chirps and harp sounds not really mentioned in most reviews. I like to use those for effect. My most beloved aspect is the controlled feedback you get at the end of passages or runs..verges on out of control, and then you can make it disappear. At no time has it ever fed back unwantedly even at volume.
Again, overall, a great guitar for the money and an excellent player.