#1
Is there a Gretsch-like guitar that sells for around $500-$700? I don't like the Gretsch Electromatics and I can't afford an actual Gretsch jet or anything like that (I'd kill for a white penguin). I live in the US and used is definitely an option. Can you help me out?
#2
It'll have to be an Electromatic at that price. That, or an Ibanez Artcore. Play more Electromatics before you dismiss them; they have some good ones.
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#3
You can get a used (discontinued) Gretsch Historic Series model for 350 - 500 if you look around. I have one and love it. There are different models with different pick-up types, so look for the one you're most keen on. Some, like mine, come Bigsby-less while others are equipped. Wonderful playing guitars in my experience - mine serves as my #1.
#4
the electromatics are fine. they are close enough in terms of feel to real gretch's that liking one but not the other is a little bit odd...

however, Ibanez artcores are quite nice. they do need pickup upgrades, but they're cheap enough new that it really shouldnt be an issue.
#6
Quote by Darkflame
why don't you like them? the g5122 and g5120 are right in your range and amazing

this.

if you really have a substancial reason for not liking them, you're probably not gonna like any gretsch copies either.
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.