Gretsches are great guitars. The Japanese made Fender sponsored Proline guitars are as nice as anything that was made in the New York factory. For years I owned a '66 Country Gent and it was nowhere as nice as my 2006 6120-1959. If you keep an eye out reasonable proline Gretches show up used. The Electromatics are nice, but if you decide to upgrade everything you get within a couple of hundred bucks of a good used proline.