26 kc_eddie_b 2 years ago The volume (space) inside an archtop made a real difference when they were acoustics instruments. With the advent of pickups, I think most would say the change of 1/4" in body depth wouldn't make that much sonic impact. To me, it's more about comfort of playing. Can't help you with your friend... we all have former Gretsch guitars we wish we hadn't let go of. The vintage filtertron pickups in that '59 Annie of his are currently selling for $450 a piece on Ebay. The "best" TV Jones pickups are not fetching that much. So you can interpret that any way you want. The Terada models are reproductions of original designs. Even if they use the same materials and specs, they won't have 50+ years of seasoning. It's an argument that will never be settled. But again, on this side of the forum many will feel strongly that a great vintage example (admittedly, they aren't all great) sounds better than a great modern example.