great guitar, esp. for the price
I've had this guitar for about two years and it's been wonderful. The set up was great out of the box, playable in standard and open tunings, in both regular finger style playing and with a slide. It comes with lights, which I like. I tried mediums just to see how it would be (more volume.) I've gone back to lights. They just feel better on this guitar. In the past year, I've kept it mostly in Open D and it has settled into that tuning really well. However, after two years, the action is starting to come up a bit around the 9-12 frets. I'm assuming a little tweaking of the truss rod will take care of it. I live in New England with radiator heat, so keeping acoustics humidified correctly in the winter can be challenging. All in all, this is a great affordable resonator guitar. It has wonderful tone, the neck is really comfortable for my hands, and it's a nice comfortably-sized guitar to hold on your lap and play. I own some really nice guitars (Martins, a Mossman, Larrivee) and this Gretsch holds it own with all the others. If you're looking for a wood-body resonator under $1000, this is the one to buy. The case is very good and you can get a padded gig bag for it as well. And finally, Sweetwater is a great outfit to do business with.