My son became smitten with my Fender Parlor CP100, so I gave it him. I needed another couch acoustic, so Jim Dandy to the rescue... It's a good player and with a nice vintage vibe. I like the open back tuners with the button knobs, the body binding, and the pin striping. I would have preferred smaller fretboard makers (they're really big) and no "G" on pickguard, but all in all, pretty cool. Like the Fender, it sounds good, if not stellar, but for under $200, it'll do just fine. The Gretsch is a bit smaller all around than the Fender and neck joins the body at the 12th fret instead of the 14th, but no big deal. It also has a shorter 24" scale, making it a very easy player, even with 12 gauge strings. Like the Fender, I'll be using it as a "tool" guitar for practice and couch noodling. I like the bridge design - no pins. The finish is very attractive, though there are small flaws in the binding and pin striping, but so what; it has very good fret work, a nicely cut nut, good action, spot on intonation, and good projection (for a small guitar). I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a budget couch acoustic for practice and general noodling.