Good Tone--but disappointing
Having owned a '62 Country Gentleman and played a few Gretsch's at the store, I thought this would be a great choice. And the tone with the FilterTrons is very nice,authentic, and quiet. Almost no hum. But this guitar still has the old floating bridge. The bridge moved in shipment and required me to fiddle with re-positioning it and setting the intonation. That can take a lot of time. I don't mind that so much, but the floating bridge is a relic design with almost no practicality. My particular guitar would just not stay in tune, and I've played for 40 years and have several guitars that hold their tune very well. A must in recording. Even with lube on the nut and saddle, the plain G string would pop sharp during play making tuning it perfectly virtually impossible and rendering it unacceptable for recording. And I tried three separate G strings and gauges. It might be okay for stage presuming one doesn't accidentally move the floating bridge on stage or in transit. I had to send mine back and will stick with Fenders and Taylors as they stay in tune much better. It's a shame Gretsch cannot dispense with the floating bridge and design a better nut for this model. The tone is so unusual and the finish is great, but I think they cheaped out on design with this particular model.