1 JimmyR 2 weeks ago I have mentioned in a couple of other threads about my Players' Edition Jet but I thought it deserved it's own thread because I think it's a wonderful guitar which a lot of you guys would love.To be honest when it first arrived i wasn't too sure about it. The neck was almost too slick and shiny so it felt a bit unforgiving or something. But that didn't last long. After a day or so of playing it feels perfectly snug in my hands and like it wants to be played. The neck has a little more shoulder than the SSLVO I am used to but once I start playing I soon forget about it.I guess the key differences between this Jet and a '59 RI Jet is the way the neck is set. On the 6228 the neck is a lot lower against the body - not with a flush fingerboard like a Les Paul but not far from it. So it feels a bit more like playing a Les Paul than a traditional Jet. I had to slightly loosen the truss rod to get the strings really moving freely but then the guitar has travelled a long way to get here and this is something I almost always have to do. The action is still lower than I usually manage - it's very well made.In fact the finish is flawless. I like the stain they are using on the mahogany back and neck these days. It's a lovely shade of mud which actually looks kind of old and "right". Restringing is fast with the locking tuners. The master volume has a treble bleed cap (or is there something else in there??) which works better than any treble bleed I have used before. Incredibly useful for getting lovely chimey tones from a dirty sound. The tone pot has a detent when fully ON so that you know it's out of circuit - it's a zero-load thing when on full. All the electronics work well - it's a bit weird being able to use all the pots so effectively!I have mentioned before that I like these "Broad'tron" pickups. I think they are full HB sized to make swapping pickups out easier for those who want to rock. but you really don't need to swap them out because they have plenty of Filter'tron in them while being fat and full and well capable of higher gain stuff. They are possibly a little less brittle sounding than a classic Filter'tron but have plenty of high-end detail. So much so that I can get a decent Duane sound from the neck pickup.But the bridge pickup is amazing. It has all the wonderful cluck of a great Filter'tron but more mass to the sound. Dial in a bitey dirty sound and then roll it back on the master volume to get clearer, chimey sounds - it's got so much more to it than a regular HB tone. The trebles never get shrill as they can with regular HBs and the lows can still twang. The body is significantly chambered. It feels alive and acoustically it is a lot of fun to play. No rattles or creaks.Thing is that this guitar is very much a Duo Jet. It sounds like one but with more grunt on tap as well as possibly more sparkle than you might typically get from a Filter'tron Jet. The one downside is that the lower neck mean a bar is necessary on a Bigsby - that's why I got the stop-tail version. I figured that most people here wouldn't seriously consider this guitar because it veers too far from the traditional Gretsch specs. Maybe you should consider it - if you want "that great Gretsch sound" with a lot of versatility this is it. As someone who has owned a few Jets in my time i am shocked at just how much I like this one!