Sorry gang, I know this has probably been covered a lot, but 30 minutes of searching didn't exactly resolve my questions. I'm not concerned about the whole baritone vs. bass guitar angle. I really just want to know if there's a significant quality difference between these two instruments. I have a pretty good idea of what the Gretsch sounds like, and I believe that's the general tone I'm after. I have no idea what the Danelectro sounds like, aside from the clips on their site. It seems to be a bit more twangy, which isn't a bad thing but not exactly what I'm after. As for cosmetics, I don't really care. Both look good to me, the Dano having the retro-cool factor and the Gretsch just looking fairly aggressive. I won't be able to try out either before buying, unless the GC in Knoxville has either in stock when I'm there in December. thanks for the input, sorry for rambling..... ::edit:: I meant to add, I've got a decent Harmony guitar that I don't use much. Could I achieve a similar baritone effect by just slapping the largest strings I can fit on there?