I've wanted one of these for as long as I can remember - the first Gretsch I ever played was a Bamboo Rally as a teenager at a lovely little shop in South Manchester that was always very cool about letting young kids try things they didn't stand a chance of affording. This one is in pretty worn condition with lots of scars, lacquer checking and crackles in the binding, but I love the look of it scars and all. The bamboo yellow seems to attract two basic reactions - swooning, and immediately shielding your eyes and running away - but I'm firmly in the former camp and this is definitely my favourite finish for Gretsch. It's taking a little getting used to - I initially assumed it would basically be a 335 in Gretsch clothing but it's much more in line with an old school Tennessean. The strings behind the bridge all seem to correspond with open strings so there's a lot of weird resonances going on back there - I kind of like that but might pick up some rubber grommets so I have a means of damping them if they get a bit much. I'm not convinced by the controls: there's at least four volume controls on this thing which seems a little excessive, but no tone except for the three way switch that gives you a choice of too much treble, not enough treble and several miles underwater. Oh, and the sonic boom switch that doesn't work because the battery clip has disappeared inside the guitar and I can't find it. All that said, with a set of fairly meaty strings on it has a great acoustic ring to it with lots of sustain and it does Beatles chime and gnarly Jack White blues better than anything currently in my collection so I'm enjoying getting to know it.