Which direction would you go? I've heard lots of complaints about tuning issues on the Bigsby-equipped Electromatics, especially the B5/50 style ones with the roller bar putting so much tension on the bridge. As these aren't the classic hollow/semi-hollow style Gretsch guitars, I don't think aesthetically the Bigsby is quite as necessary, but it looks nice regardless. All other things being equal, I'd prefer having a vibrato arm available, it looks better, and I don't mind restringing with one, but I'm not sure it's worth the extra $100 if I never use it for fear of coming back up flat/sharp. Even less so if moderate bends will do the same thing. I also don't fancy spending another $200 to fix these problems if they occur. These also have two different kinds of pickups - Broad'Trons in the G5220 and Black Top Filter'Trons in the G5230T. I'm not overly partial to either one, they both sound infinitely better than what I'm using now. G5220 - https://www.gretschguitars.com/gear...-jet-bt-single-cut-with-v-stoptail/2517110579 G5230T - https://www.gretschguitars.com/gear...atic-jet-ft-single-cut-with-bigsby/2507210506 I've got about a $500 budget for a new guitar and I'm really loving the Gretsch sound - it seems to have exactly the kind of bite I just could never get from my cheap Epiphones. Unfortunately there is nowhere within a 6 hour drive to test drive one - I'm in Louisiana and I can't find anyone who carries anything from the Electromatic line in stock, not even in Houston I'll be making a blind online purchase if I go this route, so I can't try out both versions for myself first (I know that's the standard advice).