Should a brand new $2500 Gretsch Players Edition guitar be unplayable out of the box? If anyone is curious, the guitar came from the retailer that aggressively promotes an exclusive 55 point inspection process. All guitars above a specific price point supposedly pass this inspection process before being shipped to customers. Two days ago, from the same retailer, I received a 1/4 the cost Gretsch Electromatic version of this same Gretsch design (but different color). The lower cost Gretsch had surface blemishes and was disappointing (yet also 'passed' the magical 55 point inspection process). I have been trying to accept that such visual (and feelable) defects may be part of the bargain with a new $700 Gretsch (though I do not think a $700 guitar is a low priced guitar, and I also believe such a guitar should not have substantial blemishes). If you are not playing along at home yet, I will explain that I ordered the Chinese-made 5655 Electromatic (~$700) and Japanese-made 6659 'professional' Players Edition (~$2500) from the selection of thin body 'Jr.' semi-hollow guitars sold by Gretsch, to compare and choose between the two models. It was immediately evident that the pro model 6659 has superior accoutrements, but it was disheartening to discover its low E string buzzing like an angry murder hornet. Incidentally, the 1/4 the cost Electromatic version was playable out of the box. And it was literally IN a box (no case of any kind with that model). I am a beginner, but I presume some may suggest I bust open the truss rod cover and start tinkering with the truss rod on the 6659. I have never done that before, and of course, it is something that I should learn to do. Or, maybe I should tinker with 'stuff' at the other end of the guitar, which I have also never done before, and also probably should learn how to do. I presume all of this is not too difficult to do. Still, am I supposed to need to do this on a brand new $2500 Gretsch Players Edition? Do I want to tinker with and possibly accidentally mark up a $2500 guitar that might have unknown additional issues contributing to its problem, causing me to need to return the guitar anyway? At this point, I wonder if a 55 point inspection on a pro model Players Edition might be more questionable than the inspection of a lower-priced Electromatic because SW staff might start the inspection process presuming the pro models are all perfect already. Maybe they just visually scan the body and make sure no scratches are apparent before checking off their '55 point' list with a Players Edition. (I would call that a 1 point inspection.) Of course, Gretsch's manufacturers and Gretsch's overall quality control is undoubtedly to blame as much or more than SW, especially with the blemishes on the 5655. After allowing the guitars to temperature adjust upon arrival, I opened them primarily to put humidity packs inside the 6659's case, and to move the Electromatic to a humidified case, since it comes with no case. I only very briefly examined and played a few notes unplugged on each instrument. The guitars are now closed up tight to finish quarantining for a few more days, so I can play them freely without any worry of catching Covid-19. Yes, I washed my hands and clothing after my brief initial inspection and humidification steps. Thank you for your concern. Somewhat amusingly, the questionable SW 55 point inspections with both of these guitars are why I have to leave the guitars in quarantine. If SW hadn't opened the guitars and handled them for their inspection process, the guitars would have had weeks of safe quarantining already inside their shipping boxes after they left Gretsch's Asian manufacturing facilities. Unfortunately, quality control problems like this can be par for the course in a world with products made by and sold by humans who don't always care so much about their work. I am not shocked that both guitars arrived with issues. I hope this post does not portray me as angry or upset. I am just a little disappointed. I will leave both guitars to sit a few more days and age out of any possible coronavirus contamination risk while I think about what to do next. Thank you for reading another one of my book-length posts. Suggestions are welcome. -- P.S. I forgot to ask, "Is neck dive common with all Gretsch guitars?" It doesn't seem extreme, but it was quite noticeable with both of the guitars that arrived this week.