1 GGJaguar 5 months ago MF was having a sale on the FSR 5422G-12 so I went ahead and got one. I’m not thrilled that the scarf jointed neck is so obvious (ugly), but that’s an artifact of having a natural finish. The scarf joints on my other guitars are well-hidden thanks to clever shading and finish color. It required quite a bit of tweaking out of the box to set it up, but nothing major.The good – the neck, while chunkier than my Hagstrom Viking 12, is still easy and comfortable to play. The action is low without any buzzing. The guitar has plenty of chime, jangle and, most importantly, ka-raaaang (if that’s a word). The Blacktop Filter’Trons work really well in a 12-string format. The amount of sustain is impressive and I like the way the notes "bloom". The guitar is lightweight (7.2 lbs or about 3.3 kg) compared to 8.7 lbs for the semi-hollow Hagstrom. The bad – I found some cosmetic issues which was a surprise considering this guitar was made by the same factory as the Guild Newark Street series (Starfire and M-75 among others) which I have and like very much. Working from top to bottom, I found the Gretsch headstock logo was not centered (a shame, but only noticeable if you really look for it and are totally anal retentive). This was a problem with some early Guilds, too. The nut was not cut quite long enough and so the end on the bass side doesn’t sit flush with the neck binding (not noticeable while playing and fixable). There’s some odd figuring on the top of the body and the piece of laminate that was would have been better used for a guitar back rather than a top (beauty marks, not noticeable while playing). The lower portion of the bass-side of the bass F-hole didn’t maintain its shape after the top was steamed into an arch. It’s easy to see but difficult to photograph. I don’t think it is up high enough to snag my sleeve on so I can live with it. The treble side F-hole has the same issue, but not as bad. My Newark Street Guilds don’t have this issue, but they have standard size F-holes, not the over-size cello F-holes with the long point near the scroll ends.I suppose I could return it, but I’m too old to care much anymore (hey you kids, get off my lawn!). I think I’m more disappointed that a Gretsch has any issues at all, but I’m spoiled by my pro-line models which are perfect. The good thing is that none of the issues matter while I’m playing and the guitar sounds glorious. Glorious enough that the Hagstrom is now afraid… very afraid.