My first bass, after years of playing treble guitar, was a Gretsch Junior Jet II, a G2220 (there is an older model with a different model number but the same name; that one had a different body / neck join, and different pickups). I've very much enjoyed it. It's short-scale, which made the transition from treble easier, and I like the spacing of the strings. I put flats on it fairly soon after buying it, because I found the E string supplied by Gretsch to be a bit floppy.
It seems minorly sensitive to temperature variations, and I retune more often than I do my Les Paul... but that may be all basses; I have no standard for comparison at the moment.
鈴木 ジェニ | Gretsch Club #63 | Short Scale Bass Club #451 |