26 Hipbone 3 weeks ago So the ones with thumbnail inlays are badly designed? Dude, it's OK to dislike something for no reason. I completely agree, but it seems some folks need a reason/ explaination as to why it doesn't look good. Perhaps some folks are in deep into the "cultish" following of the brand and to some, a little dislike for something feels like blasphemy in some way. It basically reminds me of Volkswagen. I love the early designs of VW but as the years marched on and they "modernized" the designs, things got kinda funky. They were bent on keeping the feel of the old designs but felt they had to update the style for this "modern world." In VW's case many of the changes were for safety. With safety, style went bye bye. With Gretsch it's the "players" in mind with the "players edition." Which seems kinda silly? Haven't the players been a focus all along? Dare to create something iconic but brand new. That would be my advise. Now don't get me wrong, I love most things Gretsch, just not all things Gretsch. I'm gonna say that the style of Gretsch guitars is timeless, but like the VW Beatle, if you start tweaking it too much it becomes something less. Be bold in design create something truly new if "players" demand it. I do understand marketing a bit and realize it's a way to appeal to more people, I'm just suggesting to put as much time into the "new" designs as were put into the older ones. Perhaps it's more than just mixing a few "old" elements together with a "V" stop tail piece. Look at a Jet with the "humpblock" inlays. Look at how the inlays progressively take shape as you move from the twelfth fret to the nut. Look at how that progression is celebrated in the end with the shape of the head stock. It's beautiful! Now take a look at the "new and improved" design. It's something less. We all have our own ideas on what makes something attractive, but there are guidelines to "good" design. ...and is it a stroke of luck that the "Thumbnail" inlays are round, the same curves reflected in the rest of the guitar, or a well thought out design? And speaking of round, some people love the big round "coffee can" tail lights on the VW "Super Beatle," who am I too judge?