Since I was Gretschless, actually electric guitarless, I yearned for a new guitar...gas... Tried Les Paul's, Tele's, Strats. Then noticed a black with gold hardware Gretsch...all this was at the local GC. Played the Gretsch and liked the feel, the vibe and the sound. Did not care for black...I have had black guitars before, finger prints and smudges are so noticeable...to me.... So I sprang for a Gretsch G5420t CAR...New for a hell of a price..$775.00 from Joel at Shanghai. It should arrive in six more days....as Tom Petty says "The waiting is the hardest part"