Hey all long while since I posted anything but I am often lurking and really appreciate all the regular posters around here and their stories and experience. I should probably change my avi as I sold the 5620, got a 5420 added some Tv's then traded that for a boatload of pedals (I know..I know. Please suspend judgement for now). The 5420 was great but it just wasn't getting the attention it deserved and a proposition came along that suited me quite well given the quality and value of the pedals I received outweighed the guitar. So my only Gretsch right now is my Vette which isn't going anywhere ever. I have always loved a 6118 although I've only ever tried out a Jr in shop while on holidays when I was traveling. I loved it. You see we only get to play Electromatics or Streamliners where I am from unless you blind order a proline. Let's just say I live in the land of Marshall amps and PRS guitars..yuck. Personal biases aside, it's story time! I am traveling in the coming weeks to a far away land where there is a 2005 6118 Double Anniversary sans bigsby (boo) for sale and I am keen to meet with the individual who has it and yes the gas is growing. I was considering saving for a new Players edition 6118 but this guitar is selling for about half of what that would cost me. So what would you do?.. I am fully aware of the differences between the 2 models for the most part I think and nothing is a deal breaker either way although I do like the new PE color scheme a touch more than the 2 tone green but a minor quibble. You might be thinking and you would be justified given I traded a perfectly wonderful 5420: This guy should not get another similar guitar if he has the potential to trade it later. Fair. However after playing many single cut semis (Epi Dot, 5422's, Ricks the Jr Anni) I now know where my heart truly lies as far as size preference, plus everyone seems to love these things. I am wondering how much a Bigsby + install will cost with the 05 but maybe I could live with out it.. I own 4 other electrics: 2 have trems and 2 have licensed bigsby's. Sorry for the novel but I am known to carry on and I like it! Experience, advice, tips, ridicule?.. Let me have it. Thanks in advance.