Many years ago, Gretsch offered a range of Electromatics fitted with the DeArmond 2000 pickups and an aluminium bridge. They became known as the G512x series, the last number denoting the finish of each particular model. The were basically a more affordable version of what was then the G6120DSW or now, the G6120T-55 or soon the be released G6120TG-DS. For those who have never seen or heard one, here's really great demo of a G5129: Gretsch G5129 Demo: However, the models with the DeArmond 2000 pickups were discontinued many year ago, only to be surpassed by both Guild and Godin. The models form those companies are in the same price range as the current Electromatics. The Guild is also made in Korea by Samick, while the Godin is made in Canada. Here are two demos featuring those guitars as a comparison to the old G5129: Godin 5th Avenue Uptown T-Armond Demo: Guild X-175 Manhattan Special Demo: That Godin has the TV Jones T-Armond pickups and also comes with a case as does the Guild. If comtetitors can buold guitars that, in reality, rival the G6120T-55 for around half the price, why not bring back a new reincarnation of the old G512x series in the Electromatic range?