After a couple of years as a casual browser of Gretsch Talk I've finally joined up! I've been a big fan of Gretsch guitars since my teens when they were way outside my budget so I had to content myself with playing them at friendly music stores. After some years I was able to buy a 1957 Duo Jet which I owned and enjoyed for nine years until I foolishly allowed it to be wrestled from my grip by a fella who had been pestering me for months. Anyway, as consolation I recently bought a 53 VS Duo Jet which I find hard to put down so my other guitars are being rather neglected. I'm looking forward to joining in the many interesting forum discussions.