I had not played any of the Electromatics for quite some time, just thinking they were cheaper versions of the real thing. And, to be honest, it was the black walnut fingerboard that had me take this one off the wall. I thought it was ebony. It looked the part, played very brightly, and even sounded like ebony. That aside, once I plugger it in, the deal was pretty much set. This is my 6th Gretsch, and the quality is equal to any of the rest. The FilterTrons are some of the most versatile that I've ever experienced on a Gretsch, including my Dynasonic and TV Jones equipped guitars. , Overall, it's a hard guitar to put down, and the bang for you buck is off tha charts.