I don't play guitar, but if I did, I would play a Gretsch. To me they are just beautiful instruments.
Hell, if I were made of money I would buy one just to have around for guitar playing friends to
noodle around with. If it's good enough for Brian Setzer and Chet Atkins it's good enough for me.
For a sample of what these guitars can do in the right hands, here is a link to a short video of
Brian Setzer demoing some rockabilly licks.