#1
I really dig both, but I'm having a hard time deciding. I play a lot of noise pop/shoegaze stuff (Slowdive, JAMC, Tame Impala, Cocteau Twins, etc) so both would be great, so I guess I'm asking which one would be more versatile? I like how hollow body guitars can give more noise and grit for stuff like JAMC, but still can have really clean/warm tones. I don't know a whole lot about Rickenbackers, but they sound amazing and they aren't as bulky as hollow bodies are.

Thanks for any input, I could really use some help deciding.
#2
I wish I could help- they're both excellent options. Sonically, both offer a lot of jangle played clean which leads to interesting overtones when you add the dirt.

Basically, try to see which you think feels better to play: weight, ergonomics, neck & fingerboard, etc.
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#3
I've played both and personally i lie the Grestch better. But thats just me. Get what feels the best, because they are sonically similar
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#4
I really wish I could, but I play lefty and none of the stores in my area have either of them :/
#5
That IS problematic, but you can still see how they feel. If a righty feels funny against your body, odds are good it would as a lefty, too. Ditto the neck. Lefty or righty, they'll weigh the same, as well.

To maximize your odds of finding the lefty Ric or Gretsch for you, check out:

http://leftyfretz.com/
http://www.southpawguitars.com/
http://www.adirondackguitar.com/lefty/LHMenu.htm
http://www.jerrysleftyguitars.com/
http://leftyguitarsonly.com/

GC, eBay and the like would also be worth checking. I'm pretty sure reverb.com had some lefty Rics.
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#6
The Ric has single coils so with more gain you might run into problems with 60 cycle hum. If you have a Gretsch with Filtrons they don't have that problem. I have had a 360 and have a cheap Gretsch now. The 360 is a wide guitar so much that it can be uncomfortable playing sitting home practicing. I like the ric sound it is great but I like the smaller body I had on my 620.
#7
If you can't find the right Ric or Gretsch, I'd suggest you check out Carvin semi/full hollow designs (they make leftys of all their guitars):
http://www.carvinguitars.com/customshop/acousticelectric.php

...or track down a lefty D'Angelico EX-DC, EX-SS.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DAngelico-EX-DC-SP-Left-Handed-Semi-Hollowbody-Electric-Guitar-Natural-LN-/262139819404?hash=item3d08c0358c:g:LN0AAOSwhcJWQ6Ul

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DAngelico-EX-DC-Double-Cutaway-Semi-Hollowbody-Left-Handed-Electric-Guitar-/221946221599?hash=item33ad06941f:g:pj4AAOSwpDdU-RJu

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DAngelico-EX-DC-Double-Cutaway-Semi-Hollowbody-Left-Handed-Electric-Guitar-/191331808897?hash=item2c8c43b681:g:y44AAOSwPhdVJtgB

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DAngelico-EX-SS-Single-Cutaway-Semi-Hollowbody-Left-Handed-Electric-Guitar-/191297917815?hash=item2c8a3e9377:g:m2sAAOSwcwhVJth2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DAngelico-EX-SS-Left-Handed-Semi-Hollowbody-Electric-Guitar-Vintage-Sunburst-MC-/361420508150?hash=item5426574bf6:g:EEwAAOSwA4dWNVDa

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DAngelico-EX-DCSP-Left-Handed-Electric-Guitar-w-Rosewood-FB-Vintage-Sunburst-/401024776426?hash=item5d5ef078ea:g:YeMAAOSw~bFWQRfL

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DAngelico-EX-SS-LEFTY-GUITAR-LEFT-HANDED-SEMI-HOLLOW-/272048889630?hash=item3f57609f1e:g:t2kAAOSwT4lWS6NS

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DAngelico-EX-DCSP-Left-Handed-Electric-Guitar-w-Rosewood-FB-Vintage-Sunburst-/131650288711?hash=item1ea6f7fc47:g:dz4AAOSw4UtWQ819

Then add some TV Jones pickups for that twang:
http://tvjones.com
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#8
Try a Rickenbacker before you buy one. The neck profiles are a love it or hate it kind of design.
#9
I heard people dont like rick necks because theyre too thin ??

if thats true, how do they compare to mustang necks?
#10
Ric's do have very skinny necks and as i recall a short scale length. the 2 guitars you mentioned really don't sound that much a like. the gretsch will have a bassier tone for sure. Ric's have their won sound when used with fuzz or distortion (and so do gretch's). even if you can't really play one properly i'd still plug in both to either your or a similar amp with the fx you use. even a basic strum will at least give you an idea of what each guitar will sound like thru your setup.