Time to play catch up. Looks like a busy airport down there with all the Jets. If you had told me that since my last NGD post, here, I would be up 7 guitars by this time I woulda said something like “Really? Hunh, that many. Wow.” It certainly wasn’t the plan, but fiddle deals just kept dropping in my lap. Some better than others. Here’s the break down Left to right, back to front. (They’re all in excellent to new condition.) G5439 Silver Sparkle: Finally made peace with this particular model and it has an interesting story that I hope to tell as “A Gretsch Guitar Story” in the near future. Got this one as a GC used deal off of their website for an OK price. G5420T Fairlane Blue: cuz well...I want to be a member here right, so I had to have one. Screamin’ Labor Day weekend deal from a local GC that I just happened to be at. New guitar on closeout and it’s still a mystery why. G5434 Two-Tone Sunburst: The original Pro Jet model. Been on the list for a while. Oooh I love this one! Going through refurbishing and currently waiting for a tone pot fix. This is the current number one in the herd. Got it at a kinda high fair price. Found on Facebook in a neighboring state. This one has an interesting acquisition story too. CME Broadway Jade Double Jet FSR: Oh good lord another double jet and I don’t even like double jets. Wish I didn’t have 4 of them now. Well, at least it has a hard tail and my word that color! The paint finish is magical and the only reason it’s around. May not last long. It’s flirting with the chopping block. Got it used from a small dealer over the web for an ok price. I would’ve preferred to have scored it for 50 bucks less. It was the first used one in like new condition I could find after CME sold out. G5227 Astra Blue Burst FSR: Got it from the GC website during the labor day weekend deal. Got it just to check it out and thought I would return it after documenting it for the forum here, but it’s a brilliant EJ. The lighter brown Fretboard wood is the only thing keeping it from instantly nabbing the number one spot in the herd. I should really return it, which is still an option, but I really like it and I’m going to see if I can sort out it’s shortcoming. Paid full retail price for this one. Forking out full retail price (instead of waiting to find it lightly used for sub 400 bucks) isn’t really my MOD, but it’s only a few dollars a month for four years. I’ll barely feel it. G5220 Jade Grey: Facebook is trouble for guitars, man. I gotta stop looking. I saw this one and it was local, so I contacted the owner, who was a fellow Gretsch fanatic and was invited out to take a look. I thought I would just go out and take a look and visit with another Gretsch fan and see his collection. I made an offer that worked for me and he bit, so this one followed me home. If I had known the next one was coming up I would’ve passed on it and I still may move it on at some point in the near future. G5220 Firestick Red: This was actually an eBay deal for a Dark Cherry Metallic version, but when it got it here it was Firestick Red. I toyed with returning it, but it’s a special one with an unusually dark fretboard. I would probably get one of these Firestick Reds one day anyway, but the odds of finding one with a neck like this are really long, so I had to keep it. Came with a gig bag for the lowest price on the web (at the time) for a dark cherry metallic. At this point I’m really glad it went down the way it did. This one is a keeper and could vie for the number one spot.