Long time i was under the impression that I was not worthy a professional Gretsch. That is, unless I could afford one. I settled for an Electromatic which I think is a great instrument, and after a lot of fun mods a very personal and for me a perfect piece. But having owned a professional Gretsch almost two decades ago, I got a bug that had not left me since I sold that guitar. (A pre-Fender 6118 that I fitted out with a blackface Bigsby)
So... A guitar should be orange, right? It's my favorite guitar colour. But I already have an almost perfect Orange guitar. So I've been on the lookout for a vintage-specd, traditional Gretsch-coloured beauty that I could afford. I got my choices down to a dark red single pu Tennessee Rose and a Double Anniversary. The T-Rose was a couple of hundred bucks more expensive 2nd hand, than the 'new' Anniversary and I've always had a soft spot for the two-tone smoke green... (It hung in a guitar shop since 2016...)
I've been playing it for almost a month now and it has finally settled in. In the beginning it would not stay in tune after using the Bigsby just once! I've never had such a terrible operating Bigsby before (out of 7 in total). I had to take it apart and install the two springs again. Not a fun job to do... But after lots of tweaking the springs, the washer, the bolt and the nuts, I think it handles great. A small amount of graphite lubrication (pencilscrapings) in the nut en bridge slots and the problems have disappeared.