I bought the Gretsch 5440LSB recently after trying it in-store (Edinburgh branch) numerous times, and was constantly encouraged to take my time and be absolutely sure I was happy with the product - great experience and Jahan, the salesman who assisted me, also found me a used hard case in the storeroom which fit perfectly at a very reasonable price.
I do my own setups, which is a good thing as the instrument suffered from a too-high action and poor intonation as purchased...if I'd had to pay a repairman to do this (and correct the slightly skew nut), I'd have been less happy. The instrument itself is great for one made in Korea...some minor quality control issues, but that's not the shop's fault! However, guitarguitar could use an in-house tech just to do the basic setups a bit better.
Very happy with my experience overall, with the one small niggle that the much more expensive (at the time) Gretsch 5123B bass, which I would have preferred, has now come up a month later on Guitarguitar's Xmas specials list at a LOWER price than my 5440! Argh!
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