|I should really polish this guitar. It deserves polish.|
And, here's the one I found and put on layaway when I went to pick up that one:
|Walnut Finish, Gretsch G5120|
I brought the Ibanez home yesterday and played it for an hour or so last night. It's a very sweet set-up (one reason I like used guitars - sometimes you find a set-up that you really, really like). Smooth action with perfectly trimmed frets and edging everywhere. A very nicely done guitar. And, it sounds as good as it looks.
But, I mean, just LOOK at this Gretsch!
My dilemma is this: if I get the Gretsch, should I take advantage of the 30 day return policy and basically trade in the Ibanez? Of course, I'd love to keep both. But, I'm already swimming in guitars. If I ever had to restring the entire collection at once, we'd have to skip a house payment or something. If I ever have to move them all, I don't know what I'll do - there's no way I'd have that many cases lying around. It's a little ridiculous. Granted, most of my guitars are pretty cheap. The PRS is probably the nicest, most expensive one I own and it's just an SE. With a battle scar. Not like I've got thousands of dollars worth of guitars. But, I don't play well enough to deserve that sort of collection. I've got mainly Epiphones. And the FrankenStrat - Yamaha with replacement neck of unknown origin. Plus the Yamaha bass. Who needs two nice hollow bodies? Really.
I've got about 27 days to think about it and make a decision. Return the Ibanez and use that money (about $300) toward the Gretsch? Or, just keep the Ibanez, let the Gretsch go, and get my $130 down payment back? The Gretsch will cost me about $499 - nearly twice as much as the Ibanez. And, it's not like I really use a tremolo but I just think a hollow body should have a Bigsby - which the Gretsch has but the Ibanez doesn't. The Ibanez has enclosed tuners which the Gretsch doesn't have, but that may not really matter. Fret markers aren't that big a deal. I mean, most guitars don't have a marker on the first fret, which is sort of a "thing" for me, and neither the Ibanez nor the Gretsch have first fret markers so that one's a wash. I guess it'll come down to how much I like playing one versus the other. I may have to pay off the Gretsch early and play the hell out of both for a week or two and then decide which one to return.
Unless, of course, somebody wants to donate some cash so I can keep both!