51 built4speed 7 months ago I'm surprised no one called me out on my post specifically, as I thought I was going way over the top. I assume it's because my weak attempt at satire was obvious, and not because it seemed like a sane opinion.If you think the Falcon, or the Gretsch brand in general, has lost some mystique, then for you it probably has. But as others have attested in this thread, that mystique is very much alive and well for so many new and aspiring guitarists out there. I get it, it's kind of like having your favorite indie band that only you and a few other cool kids were into for the longest time, and now that band has taken off and everybody likes them. That thing you used to associate with so strongly that was kind of part of your identity and separated you from the rest of the herd isn't just yours anymore. It kinda sucks when the secret is out of the bag.But I don't get how the brand is devalued by offering more options and trying to adapt and grow in the marketplace, to bring new blood into the fold.Specifically to Bear's original question, is the mystique of the Falcon diminished with all the possible iterations now available? Hard to say. It's hard to deny the only thing left that uniquely identifies the Falcon is a headstock shape, and maybe it's a bit sad on some level that's all that's left. I don't imagine, though, that it cheapens the experience for anyone that picks up one of these modern variants and finds the guitar of their dreams. It's still miles beyond anything made by the other big manufacturers. Truth be told, if money was no object for me and I could get anything I want from the Gretsch Custom Shop, it would be a Dynasonic Falcon in true 17" body size, in Blueburst, like the old blueburst 6120 I should never have let go. Would that still be a Falcon? Maybe not to most, but to me it would be the ultimate Falcon, for my tastes.I myself have looked at some of the new models and lines introduced by Gretsch in the last several years, and wondered WTF? But I don't fault them with trying to grow the brand and put more Gretsch guitars in more hands. I want the company to still be around for the next 20-30 years, so that maybe I can actually make my custom shop pipe dream a reality when the kids are gone, the house is paid for, and I hopefully have some money to spare to make that dream a reality.I also like seeing a Gretsch available at all price points. The cheaper stuff may not be for everyone, and I can't say I'm saving my dollars to buy a Streamliner, but I'm OK with a young player just starting out, or a player of any age on a tight budget, being able to buy into the Gretsch mystique and have one of their own at a price they can afford.