After too many years Ive reformed my old rockabilly band Jelly Bean. For many years I used an Antoria Jazzstar which must have played 800 gigs but required lots of tlc ..I then bought a used Red G5129 with De Armands (see avatar) which was a fantastic sounding guitar for the money. After the band split I sold the G5129 which in hindsight was a huge mistake . A couple of years later I got the Gretsch bug again and eventualy bought an immaculate used G5420T a beautiful Black and silver maxhine . Sadly I couldnt get on with the sound of the 'Blacktop' pickups,, sold it to my son , borrowed it again , still didnt like the sound and gave it back. Two years later annd I have some money from a divorce and decided to treat myself to a proline Gretsch. I tried an Eddie Cochran model which was not looked after, and had really brittle rusty strings etc which felt lifeless and sounded dull. I played it for an hour but there was no magic. Ive just come across a Brian Setzer Smoke less than a year old which Im going to check out in a couple of days,, very excited after reading the reviews but as it will be a working guitar I will be looking at the playability , feel and obviously sound. If its not the one then the search continues,.I did consider the player series but Im not sure how Gretchy sounding they will be ? So its the Smoke for now , fingers crossed its the one and any advice or comments welcome !! glad to be back on the site.