I've told this story innumerable times... When I bought my first Gretsch, I chose my 5127 over ProLine guitars I compared it directly to. When I first played it, I had no idea the difference between Electromatics and Prolines, never even knew there was a difference. So, I went in unbiased. That 5127 is still one of my main stage guitars. It plays and sounds beautifully. It is one of the best sounding guitars I'ver ever put my hands on. When I first tried my 6129TLS, I knew it was one of the finest made guitars I've ever put my hands on. But, the Filtertrons don't excite me quite as much as the Dearmond 2000 pickups on my Electromatic. Yes, there's a difference in fit and finish. The Electromatic was literally 1/3 the price of my ProLine. Is it 1/3 the guitar? I'd suggest it's more like maybe 90% the guitar. I've played a lot of ProLines since buying my two Gretsches (A couple years apart) and none have unseated my 5127. Now, I will say, I have not cared for any of the Electromatic humbucking pickups I've tried (but, it's also been a few years since I've looked at any). I did not like the 5120 or 5420 guitars as much as my 5127. Build is similar, but the pickups made all the difference. To me, guitars are professional tool. I enjoy the collecting aspect, the art of the guitar and all that... But, a guitar has to work on stage for me to be even remotely interested in it. To date, the 5127 and 6129 both do it well. So, they both win.