So I’ve been enjoying my new 6228 so much that I decided I HAD to go up to the store to compare the similar looking 5220 to the 6228 side by side and see if the price difference between the two made sense. So I did. The 5220........first impression is that they feel much heavier than the 6228. My personal 6228 comes in at just over 6 1/2 lbs. On average from the multiple examples of 5220’s I’d say they weigh around 2lbs more. Still no Les Paul, but one of the great joys of my 6228 is the light weight. 5220 neck........vs the 6228 it’s definitely chunkier. Not what I’d consider a chunky neck, but certainly thicker than the 6228. More shoulder. This is a preference thing. I usually like a bit bigger neck, but in this instance I prefer the 6228 because it feels so perfectly executed and smooth all the way up and down. Nut.......5220 nut looks and feels cheaper, though I’m not sure what it’s made of. The 6228 TUSQ nut is perfectly cut n dressed. Beautiful. Tuners.......the 5220 tuners are fine. They are mostly smooth and hold tune well. The 6228 locking tuners are smooth as silk and certainly an upgrade. Fretwork.....the 5220 frets feel good. Solid workmanship, no issues. The 6228 fretwork is impeccable. Finish.......the finish on the 5220 is rather good. Not perfect, but shockingly good for the price range imo. The 6228 fit n finish is absolutely PERFECT however. Can’t find a doggone bit of slop or imperfection ANYWHERE. Feels very uptown and expensive. Tone.......I like Blacktops in general for rock and the Broad’Tron Blacktops don’t disappoint. If I owned one, I would not upgrade pickups cause I think they are well suited to the guitar. The Shaw Broad’Tron’s on the 6228 are in another class completely though. They are INCREDIBLE imo. Maybe my very favorite......nah I’ll say it......my very favorite pickups I’ve ever had in any Gretsch I’ve ever owned. Big and 3D and just make me smile. They have all the good top end and chime that Gretsch is known for, but not the fragile almost sharp delicate point that TVs can have for instance. They work much better for effects and juicing an amp IMHO. I LOVE them. The 5220 has a treble bleed(cool), while the 6228 has a no-load tone pot(very cool)AND treble bleed on master volume(cool). Gingerbread........the binding and fretmarkers on the 5220s are bright white and the blocks on the 5220 look cheap up close. No biggie, it just is what it is. The binding and the blocks on the 6228 are aged without the harsh brightness. The blocks look expensive and quality up close. And the 6228 gets the script logo on the headstock, whereas the 5220 gets the standard logo. Playability.......the 5220 plays well. It feels solid and sounds good plugged in, if a little dead unplugged. The 6228 plays effortlessly and sounds flippin incredible plugged in and zingy/alive acoustically. The body really resonates well. So all in all? About what I expected. I’m a fan of the Electro Jets in general. I think they are fantastic guitars that punch well above their weight. I wouldn’t change anything on them other than MAYBE locking tuners, but you wouldn’t have to. The 6228 is a perfect guitar however. I find no fault in it, but instead just enjoy a perfectly executed instrument that absolutely smokes market competition. The 5220 is a great guitar that will satisfy most people easily. But when you do side-by-sides with a Proline Gretsch, you do see feel and hear why they cost more. Is it worth it? You bet. To me. Maybe to you. But if your budget does NOT allow for a Proline, the 5220 is a screamin guitar that you can rock and be proud of. You MAY have black fingers.....lol.....but then you can just tell people the guitar is so hot it burns you. GREAT JOB with the newest generation of Jets Gretsch!! Keep up the awesome work!