I received my new Gretsch G5420TG-59 - Vintage Orange last Wednesday and marveled at its good looks and feel of quality. I wasn't able to plug in until last Friday and during the interim, I wondered would its amplified tone support its beauty? On Friday, I plugged into my Fender Blues Junior III Custom and the guitar's tone?--No Sweat! After orienting myself to its controls, I could get nice bass and trebly tones and everything in between, all with no hum or hiss from the amp. The Bigsby B60 Vibrato works smoothly and keeps the strings in tune with "normal" note and chord bending. The B60 isn't a "dive-bombing" vibrato as the Gretsch doesn't have locking tuners or a locking nut or roller-type bridge saddles. Think of its usage as great for Chet Atkins's "Country Gentleman" type bends.
Being primarily an acoustic guitarist, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on an electric guitar, which I've done many times over the last 50 years, only to have them be the first thing I sell or trade-in on another acoustic because I didn't play them very much! For $1112.38, including the premium Gretsch Deluxe hardshell case, and sales tax, this is a wonderful value, hollow body, archtop electric guitar.
I want to thank Steve DeRosa, over to the Acoustic Guitar Forum, for his expertise in helping me decide to buy this Korean-made, surprisingly high-quality Gretsch--It's A Keeper, Steve!