Help me out here. I am on the edge of a NGD, and while I am a LP guy, I have serious GAS for something else. A while back a guy was going to trade me for a Gretsch G2622T, their low end take on a semi-hollow Bigsby Gretsch, but then he backed out. I can pick up a new one from Sweetwater for under 500 clams, in a vintage sunburst they call Brooklyn Burst. I hear really good things about them. Then I was trolling through sites and found a Jackson SLX Koa for under 500 clams. In the late 90s I picked up a USA-made Jackson SL1 second-hand that was a killer shred guitar. I can pick up an SL2Q (Indonesia built) for about 750 clams, which is a step up from the SLX. Mahogany body instead of basswood, ebony board instead of rosewood, SD Distortions instead of Duncan Designed, and a licensed Floyd Rose instead of "special FR". I play in an original, old-school, power trio prog band with a brief early summer tour planned (for which the Jackson would be an asset, especially with the locking Floyd). I also play a couple times a month in a classic rock cover band and in another less accomplished one, which the Gretsch would surely serve. Have any of you played both? I'm on the fence about the two Jacksons, the SLX or the SL2. The only semi-hollow I've owned was a 90s Korean-made Epi dot, but it is long gone. So, 480 for an Asian Gretsch or corners cut Jackson, or 740 for an Asian Jackson with all the trimmings? The Duncan Distortion pair runs about 150 street and an official FR is about 200. Please help. Of course I could cut bait and grab a faded SG for about the same top end.