Im sorry if i have missed the introduction page? But ill get to my point here if thats ok. Im buying this beauty on monday! I plan to mod this thing quite a lot so ill keep you posted! Great minds think alike because i too hate the black truss Rod cover and control plates no no no! Please can you tell me where i can find a pearloid pickguard with Gretsch logo on it for electromatics and a pearloid truss Rod cover to match? They are like Bloody gold dust! I can make the back plates and Maybe ill even make the new guard and Rod cover IF i can find 2ply pearloid material? Also i want a bigsby b7 on this thing and i want to use a vibramate system but! Does anybody know IF i have enough distance from the bridge to the butt of the guitar for this? Making my own shim is fine IF i have too much space but too little would be a problem, then ide just go for a b5. Sorry for long message sorry IF i have missed introduction or is this it? Im just eager to find my parts and fix this thing up! God it Will be nice! I own a sparkle jet btw Thanks so much all!