While I am more than pleased with my PRS guitars, I recently realized something was missing. That something was REAL twang!! No matter the PRS, I just couldn't get an authentic Vintage twang for my country rock project. I need a Gretsch again!! In the past I have always (happily) used Gretsch Electromatic guitars for my twang needs. They are killer!! But.... My wife made a rule (and it's a good rule) - I am not allowed (lol) to buy anything less than $1000. Her attitude is that I am at a point with my playing and "career" (said lightly) that I should have the best instruments I can get. Therefore, she INSISTED (again, who am I to complain) that if I was going to get another Gretsch that I need to spend so it would be equal to my PRS'. With that said, the biggest hurdle was deciding between Dynasonic single coils and Filtertron humbuckers. I KNOW I like the Dynasonics, but I have played REAL low output Filtertrons - only higher output TV Jones versions. After spending some time with both, it was decided (mostly by my wife who is a HUGE rockabilly fan) that the Filtertron was the way to go. This past Saturday we drove to Gainesville, FL to look at/purchase a SWEET Duo Jet. I was hoping to get one that I saw on Reverb - it had a red flame top - but I missed out I thought about a SIlver Sparkle Jet - but nobody had one in stock. The ONLY one I could find for the right price/condition was a black 6128T 59. We went and I played it - and fell in love!!! Even my wife was like, "THIS is the ONE!!!" Played through a Fender Vibroverb it gave me everything I wanted to hear. The feel was/is amazing - just a great instrument. Needless to say, we brought it home. After the 3 hour drive back to St. Pete, I played that Gretsch until almost 10pm - not even stopping to eat, lol. All I have is a stock photo at this point, but I will say I am thoroughly impressed with Terada's build quality and attention to specific vintage details. We were ok with springing for a vintage Duo Jet, but in the end decided that the Terada built Gretsch would be most reliable over time. I am VERY pleased with the minimal modern concessions - like the new cap value on the "mud" switch. All three positions a VERY usable. My wife was thrilled I could go from rockabilly to a nice jazz tone on the same guitar. Even when played through a high gain amp (which isn't my purpose, but it's still fun to try) the Gretsch has a very useable, unique tone....maybe not for playing live in my classic metal band (still have to try, lol) but it gives me another color for recording!! Anyway, if you are ever curious these Japanese made Gretsch guitars are beyond AMAZING!!