1 Edison 1 year ago Hey folks, good to be here, officially! Just a bit of background; I've been a player, on & off, since I was 14. My first decent guitar was my '84 Fender Strat (US), purchased new. I still have it and love it. I picked up my Gibson SG '61 reissue back in 2005, also a great guitar that I still have. Until relatively recently I had not considered owning a Gretsch. I appreciated the style and tones of Brian Setzer and enjoyed the resurgence of Rockabilly in the early 80s, it just wasn't where I was as a player. Coming of age during the 70s I was into Frank Zappa, and more of what we would consider 'classic rock' guitarists (Page, Beck, Clapton, etc). The guys famous for wielded Les Pauls and Stratocasters.Ironically, it was looking into a Les Paul that steered me to Gretsch, whom I had always associated with hollow-bodies. I don't like how heavy Les Pauls are in general. There is the infamous 'headstock' issue, and though good ones are very playable, they don't sound all that different from my SG. I wanted more versatility in tone range, and a Les Paul seemed almost redundant.It was the Duo-Jet that sold me on a Getsch. Specifically, George Harrison's first, but the more closely I looked at who played them, I realized I had been missing something. Part of it was simply mistaking it for a Les Paul upon first glance, but when I watched YouTube performances of players like Dave Gilmour and Jeff Beck, I began to understand the versatility and range it has in tone. Yes, you could play rockabilly and jazz on a Jet, but you can also play Chicago blues and shred on the same set up. The sustain in overdrive is impressive, but it can illicit clean chimey Rickenbacker tones too. The chambered body makes it significantly easier on the shoulder. and it comes with a trem. What's NOT to like? It took some patience to find a gently used '57 reissue, but I was thrilled to add it to my arsenal. It really completes a triumvirate, complementing the SG and Strat, and covering any bases they can't. .. Regardless, I have also picked up a 5420 (aspen finish), a 5129, and a 5122. Somewhere in there I also purchased a wine Epiphone Casino (Peerless era), but I've pretty much stopped looking at Gibsons. I'm trying to curb my G.A.S. but also eyeing a Country Classic or a Tennessee Rose for my next guitar. I've visited the Gretsch Pages numerous times while doing my research. I felt I should belly up to the bar and say 'hi'. more guitar.