It's finally arrived from the shop. My guitar man worked his hands on her and really fixed all the small issues (the biggest one of them was my usual setup, as I need very high and heavy strings to allow my copper bottleneck to properly work his magic ). She's really gorgeous, I got her from a forum member (she crossed the Atlantic from Alabama to come here in perfect shape, and I just have to thank Ronny for giving me the chance. We all know that shipping, especially overseas, it's always a tricky thing), she's my first vintage Gretsch (I swear! I had almost all brand covered in vintage guitars, never my favorite one), not only it's vintage but she has exactly my age, 1967. I wanted a Country Gentleman body shape. I had to sell my beloved '64 SG Special if I wanted to buy a real one here in Italy. This beauty solved both problems, as I got what I wanted on a great deal and I could keep my Gibby. Apart form body, pickups are original '65 Hi-Lo as it's wiring, space control bridge and all the switches. Everything else is new. It's still missing a knob (that's in Vienna darnit, waiting to be shipped) but it's finished. My plan is: Setup her as a player (like all my guitars) and slowly try to buy all the vintage pieces (as long as they appear on the net, possibly without selling a kidney on the process) she miss to make her, one day, a desirable one on the vintage market. But no rush at all. Now it's in my hand and she needs to be played (She already did last night as I opened in Florence for Chain and The Gang's Ian Svenonious). I have to admit that when I got her, the Hi-Los left me cold. Now, after a good setup of pickup height (that required a custom made pad to raise them to the right level) and a pole height setting, they sound great. It even gave me more room to fiddle with my tone control on the amp (that with p90s was usually maxed on treble and that was it). Last time I played a single coil was maybe in mid 90s when a bougth a '72 Strat and I didn't really liked them, but this Hi-Los are different beasts. I'll keep playing and experimenting. I'm going to dig deep on some Lou Reed/Velvet Underground sound pretty soon! Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rally.