Like we need another. I have always considered the falcons to be overly bling guitars of excess. Never understood the reason why anyone would want to pay that kind of money for something that gaudy. Well, there have been a few for sale here recently , so i started to look into them. It always starts here. Yesterday i saw a small two piece act, Karen Jonas, and her husband. She sings like the angels, but enough of that, he played a falcon. When i got close to it, the bling lured me in like a magnet. When i was able to get away i did some research while listening to the act. Actually my wife was the one that wanted to go and drink wine at this winery they played at, i was the driver. I did not know they have 17 inch bodies. I think my hot rod is 16. They are also a tad deeper. This works for a guy thats 6’3”. Most guitars look like toys when i play them. So a bigger body makes me look that much more normal. ( no laughing). His did not have filtertrons, they were either the dyna Sonics or from what it read, Tearmonds? Had a bigsby. My confusion comes in all the types they make. If there was only one white falcon, you could go anywhere and order it at the best price you can find. But nnnnoooooooo. They make quite a few. I really liked the one for sale here a week or so back. I think it was a 55, or one of those years before my birth in the 50’s. It had a solid top which i thought was unique for a GRETSCH. Plus the different pickups, and it came with a cadi tail pice that i think is the bees knees, and he had it replaced with a bigsby, but the tail piece can easily go back. Thats for me. But then i see there is also a 57 or 59 model, the Stephen stills model, the regular 6136, and all the letters and numbers that follow. So how is a simple guy like me to make sense of it. I dont think i need more filtertrons, as i dont think they would sound all that much different from the tv jones in my hot rod. So i am guessing the others would do. That being said, what are the big differences in the models? The Japan ones used are in my ball park to either save for soon with other gear i am selling off, or just wait a tad and have the cash. I think the 55 model is like 3800 new, and used seems to be around 2500 to 2800. What is there for me to look out for in the category, and would you all get new at his level, or a used in good shape ? Keep in mind this is not a need. I didn’t need the es295 custom shop reissue, but here it is. Its a scratch that may get a littl;e worse and need scratching. That and my wife said “ WHAT GUITAR IS THAT MAN PLAYING, DO YOU HAVE ONE OF THOSE?” Wine is great for me to get new things.