Report number 1 along time coming
Okay, so this was my second purchase from sweetwater, the first being a small solid state Marshall amp. With this my next purchase I discovered I had a dedicated sales engineer, a very personable chap called Ian Angle. So I bought this guitar in March 2014 as a complete novice, but I had the cash, I already had a Gibson SG and was and still am playing every night of the week for 2 hours and longer at weekends so that justified this purchase in my mind.
The reason I chase this gretsch is I am a huge ACDC fan as well as a ZZ top fan so this seemed like it would be a good guitar to dial in tones for Malcolm Young & Billy Gibbons. The guitar arrived in mint condition, set up as discussed with Ian (perfect low action) and not a scratch on there. Plug & play, completely in tune and sounded and to this day sounds fantastic. I know the pups are a bit hotter than standard filtertrons, however, you just have to plug into a Marshall tube amp(I have a DSL5C) hold back the gain to about 2 on ultra gain channel or on classic gain just turn up the volume and you get close to Malcolm's early tones. ZZ top tones I just use ultra gain channel and adjust as needed. It sounds great clean as well, something I was not expecting. It also sounds fantastic through my micro and dark terrors, I love the ebony fretboard, the tone switch and above all it's very easy to play. It sounds phenomenal !
Since this purchase I have bought nearly all my gear from sweetwater, Ian always returns my calls, answers my dumb questions and researches and gets back to me if he does not know the answer. There is never any hard / pushy sales techniques applied and he seems to be 100% customer orientated, very good at explaining products to a simpleton like myself. Thanks Ian!