My TV Jones pup-install on my 5120 is still fresh. Wonder how this will effect him in the up-grade business? Probably be a long time before/if it does.
I got mixed emotions on this. I got mine new just before the price jump, which is good because of the since-added Tru-Arc and TV's, and a proper set-up. Extreme Value! in my opinion. I recommended and encouraged buying a '20 to all my guitar slingin' pals since day-one (even pre-upgrades) and none have gone for it. Guess this'll make my sound the unique sound at the jams for sure! Kinda the end of an era though, for entry-level but still kick-ass Gretsch. Kinda sad here...
On the other hand, this makes sense. The Electromatics kinda being a shadow of the pro-lines..why not go and do what Squire did and Epiphone too? Branch out somewhat and get some different stuff out from under the mainline Gretsches?? Experiment a bit and see what happens? Less of a financial risk than making them in the US. And I gotta say I didn't like thicker bodies, always wanted a thinner hollow- or semi-hollow for ease-of-reach and comfort. I've since grown to LOVE that sound however it's achieved and can "tolerate" the thickness of the body... only everyday, however, so there are limits... tongue firmly in cheek.
So it's the end of an era, but the new dawn arises.
Does this mean I'm now one of a 'select few'?? That rare upgraded-5120 gang?