Gretsch Garage Sale

Another Goodwill find.

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Ebay can be good sometimes. I got a set of Bose speakers there once for a great deal. I was preparing to search and mis-spelled Bose "Boss" and low and behold there was a set of Bose speakers that were mistakenly labeled Boss speakers so nobody else actually saw the sale and I got a great deal on them. SCORE!

I just thought that chinese lefty fake was classic. I'm very surprised that Goodwill caught on about it being fake but they blamed it on the F holes in stead of all of the other actual obvious reasons, to us.

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Afire -- I am STUNNED! I thought I was the only one in the world who sought out vintage Gruen watches! There have been a LOT of interesting ones on ebay, including parts, mostly watch faces/dials. Vintage Gruen watches from the 1950's were extremely well made!

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Afire -- I am STUNNED! I thought I was the only one in the world who sought out vintage Gruen watches! There have been a LOT of interesting ones on ebay, including parts, mostly watch faces/dials. Vintage Gruen watches from the 1950's were extremely well made!

– ewkewk

I could tell you were a gentleman of distinguished taste! I've been hunting Gruens for 20 years now with as much fervor as hunting Gretsches. Well, much more fervor in more recent years, actually. Just when my G(retsch)AS started to subside, my G(ruen)AS swelled up to fill the void.

My tastes lean a little earlier. Mostly pre-Curvex tanks from the "Guild" era, especially Quadrons. But the one I spotted on Goodwill was a later one, a two-tone Pan Am 10k gold fillled with yellow body, white lugs, and steel back. Not great condition, but kind of cool, the kind of thing I'd get just to have it for a little while and inspect it and pass it on. I think it ended around $150, which was about right.

Today's watch is a hand engraved solid 14k green gold Strap 79 model from 1927.

It's the only example I've ever seen and appears never to have encountered a buffing wheel, which will quickly ruin these intricate engravings. I actually scored this one early in my collecting journey, but sold it not long thereafter. A few years ago I posted a picture of it on a "the one that got away" thread on a watch forum. Turns out the the person I had sold it to 15 years earlier was on that forum and still had it and we worked out a trade to get it back to me.

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That's an early one. A Brooklyn Roc Jet.

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Well this is strange.

– Suprdave

Gretsch fan-fret uke? Only Gretsch....

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This is the most I've seen a Tennessean go for maybe ever?

Presumably because it is 1963 and therefore George Harrison spec (for reference $2583 + shipping handling and tax in most states).

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I didn't see that going that high but it just goes to show ya.

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I dunno. When I sold my '62, I got about the same for it. And if I was in the market for a '63 (and I agree 100% that the Beatle connection commands a premium), I would be looking for a cleaner one, but I would probably be prepared to shell out around $3500 for a nice one.

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This is the most I've seen a Tennessean go for maybe ever?

Presumably because it is 1963 and therefore George Harrison spec (for reference $2583 + shipping handling and tax in most states).

[Non USA/Canada viewers you need to set up VPN to the USA to see the link.]

– knavel

Well, it's an acoustic per the ad. That makes it extra special.

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That's a great price if it has no rot.

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That's a great price if it has no rot.

– lx

That's the thing. The pic's weren't good enough to see everything.

In the pic of the head, it' seems that there's a bit of rot by the nut on the low side, so likely elsewhere, too.

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That's a great price if it has no rot.

– lx

What premium do you put on the Harrison spec aspect?

I ask because the most mint Gretsch I have ever owned was a 67 Tennessean. No rot, case looked new, burgundy color not faded, tag, and I still came out under the price of this 63. Here's a pic of it I have.

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What premium do you put on the Harrison spec aspect?

I ask because the most mint Gretsch I have ever owned was a 67 Tennessean. No rot, case looked new, burgundy color not faded, tag, and I still came out under the price of this 63. Here's a pic of it I have.

– knavel

That Harrison aspect thing is overrated to me. I had a '64 'Harrison' spec Gent and when I sold it years ago that aspect didn't garner an extra nickel in the sale. It's just an interesting part of the model's history, nothing more to me.

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Oh, it's definitely a factor. How much? Maybe 25-33%? Compare a true '63 Gent to a '64-'66, significant dropoff. After double mutes ended, a bigger dropoff. And a '62 dial-up, is the priciest double cut Gent by a longshot. And it's not just because earlier is better, pre guitar boom QC kind of stuff. It's the opposite with Duo Jets. A '57 is way harder to get a a reasonable price than a '54-'56, even a '53 scripty. I've been after one for 25+ years and only once snagged one, and it turned out to be the one time I was burned by a shady seller. I've seen plenty, but almost always at enough of a premium or bad enough shape that I had no interest. I would say that the premium is probably the least with the Tennessean. That model's evolution was more subtle than the others. But there are a lot of guys who just aren't looking for a '67, no matter how spotless. They would much prefer a '63 in lesser condition, or maybe settle for a '64-'65, which differed only in tuners.

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That Harrison aspect thing is overrated to me. I had a '64 'Harrison' spec Gent and when I sold it years ago that aspect didn't garner an extra nickel in the sale. It's just an interesting part of the model's history, nothing more to me.

– Windsordave

But you aren't the whole of the market Dave. Probably the vast majority of people wouldn't pay premium for a Harrison spec this or that model, but when there is only one to sell, only one right person is needed.

Also, there is a good chance that 64 is not Harrison spec because of the tuners. I had a 64 as well and it had Van Gent tuners. It was a marginally easier sell than a 67 and in fact I think it went to Japan.

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It's the opposite with Duo Jets. A '57 is way harder to get a a reasonable price than a '54-'56, even a '53 scripty.

I wasn't heretofore aware of that subtlety--even though I am the one who seriously believes that nitron tops kill sound, which is why I would never buy a silver jet or any 53-55/6 Jet. My brother's 56 Jet Firebird painted not nitron is the best 50s Gretsch I've heard.

I remember on eBay when there was a 57 Jet maybe 6 or 7 years ago from the Harrison batch and the seller wasn't aware of this and it was an auction. I seriously considered making a play. I don't recall exact price but I remember thinking it wasn't a bad price.

We've talked about the psychology of sales at goodwill before. There is just that seduction of the hunt where e.g., the seller thinks they are selling a "Gretsch Acoustic" (Tennessean). But what I can't get past is people paying over the odds / dealer based on a few medicore photos.

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Baldwin era SS amp

– Suprdave

Never seen one like that. I can only imagine how that amp sounds.

The item that I found most interesting of late on SGW was that prototype Mosrite Ventures oil can echo. It was sold as an amplifier head and it took me a little work to figure out what it really was.

In fine SGW condition of course, even though the last one sold on Reverb got marked down to $500 before it sold; the SGW went for $1000.


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