My only comment (other than the one above) on the G5120..is make sure you LOVE the pickups. For another $150.00 or less you can have the G512x (G5124-G5129) series which will give you the DeArmond 2000 single coils which everyone likes. It still sounds like a Gretsch. Most people who get the G5120 upgrade the P/U's. If you're planning on gutting the P/U's anyway..grab it.Nothing wrong with the 3-piece, an' ain't NOTHING wrong with that 5120!Grab it, son!!
Yeah I actually have a 74 LP with that neck. It's solid, but the Gretsch are different. It's three separate segments, vs a "horizontal" laminate that runs the entire length of the neck. Probably doesn't make much difference. I'll just buy with my ears!Laminated 3 piece necks are not a bad thing. Not only does it provide strength, it also makes the neck super stable (twist, etc).
Gibson used 3 piece necks back in the Norlin era...there are a lot of those still out there with zero problems.
It wouldn't scare me....and it certainly doesn't equate to "cheaper" IMHO. Hell, Rickenbackers are 3 piece necks...
..all that...plus the G512x series has a one piece neck:With the G512x lineup, you get the cool Bigsby rocking bridge, too. Personally, I'd go for one of these over the 5120.