Hello, not only am I new to this forum, I am new to the concept of guitar ownership, playing and everything associated with wanting to learn to play the guitar, is it possible to teach an old dog, new tricks ? I have no musical background whatsoever, I have never ever even picked up or held a guitar, or any musical instrument for that matter. Why am I here ? A short brief, 21 years ago this coming May, I suffered a life threatening accident, in recent years my cognitive symmetry coordination has suffered somewhat, my specialist consultant has suggested that to improve my symmetry coordination, I should push myself and learn a new trick, she suggested learning to play the guitar. Why a Gretsch guitar ? Those of us with a few miles and years on the clock, can remember when the Stray Cats strutted their stuff, Brian Setzer is one of my guitar heroes, hence why I have decided that if I'm going to learn to play the guitar, why not purchase a Gretsch guitar, as rocked by one of my guitar heroes, not only do they sound fantastic, to my untrained ears, I find them very aesthetically pleasing too. So here I am, I don't have the necessary Big money to own a full on professional/player gretsch, however, I do have the money to purchase an electromatic, my preference is the single cut body, as this to me, more resembles the full on professional/player range of yesteryear over the double cut body, please don't get me wrong, I don't know what I'm talking about with reference to the single/double cut body, I'm only quoting from what I've read and seen. After research since the start of the year, it appears there is something called NAMM, where musical instrument manufacturers launch their new products for the coming year, so I guess I'm better off waiting to see what emerges from Gretsch that may/may not be introduced changes to the electromatic range, colours etc etc etc.