1 Sparky84 6 months ago Hi guys, hoping for some advice on this upcoming purchase of my first Gretsch (mainly a Fender guy). Ever since I saw the Georgia Green Electromatic, I've loved the look. However, 3 pups were too complicated, and I didn't love the cat's eyes, and wasn't convinced I wanted such a large-profile guitar or even a hollow or semi at that point.But then a few years go by and GAS strikes again, and I see they've now come out with a 2-pickup model with Bigsby, and reshaped the cat's into the more traditional f-hole. So I managed to compare two different models at my local shop, and I'm sort of torn between the two. One is the Georgia Green 5622 with the centerblock, the other is the Orange 5422 that is all hollow. I thought I wanted the green and the centerblock to avoid feedback, but honestly I rarely play on stage and usually mess around with my little 5-watt amp at home, so I don't think feedback will be an issue. And the 5622 is quite a bit heavier; I like how nice and light the orange one is. But I also noticed several other differences: Pickups - the 5422 has the well-regarded Filtertrons, while the 5622 has the Super HiLos. I think I like the sound of the FTs better, but my ear is not great for this sort of thing (I can tell the difference between a Strat in the 4th and 5th positions, but that's about it). The 5422 is a bit thicker/deeper in the body profile compared to the 5622, which I thought I wouldn't like, but again is quite a bit lighter than the centerblock version. The Bigsbys are different - the 5622 has a 2-bar version, the 5422 only has a single bar (with a higher bridge with wood at the base). Are these equal when it comes to tuning stability? Everything is "higher" on the hollowbody - elevated bridge, higher pups - but I don't know if that's good or bad. But I prefer the one with the most tuning stability, and I probably won't use the Bigsby all that much. Finally, even though I always loved that green color, I have to say the iconic Gretsch orange is pretty cool too, and I already have a surf green Strat. So I'm seriously warming to the 5422.So, anyone who is familiar with both care to offer some advice? Will that single-bar Bigsby or elevated bridge give me problems down the road, especially with tuning? I'm not much of a tinkerer, so stability is helpful. Do I need to worry about feedback given the way I usually play? Thanks for any advice before I pull the trigger on one or the other.