Vintage Gretsch Guitars

1953 Gretsch Synchromatic 6014-5 gets a new pickguard!

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Like most guitars of this model, it lacked its pickguard when I bought her a number of years ago. After several years of searching an original, I gave up and made my own! It was a time-consuming but fun task to do. The big challenge was the bindings, but it worked. One mistake I made was not to subsrtact the thickness of the binding when I did the template. The actual pickguard without binding is exactly the size of the original(with bindings), but now became a few mm bigger overall with the binding added. Anyway, I was quite pleased with the end result.

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Beautiful Andreas! It's the twin to my '41, the difference being the tort binding on mine.

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Very nice!

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Beautiful workmanship, Andreas! Looks gorgeous!

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Thanks for the compliments It was the first pickguard I ever made. I wish there was a little more tortoise material to choose from with the right thickness and appearance/patterns. I bought mine from Stewmac. It looks nice, but I wish you could buy a sheet that looked like the original shown here.

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Beautiful work Andreas, very nice indeed!

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Beautiful. Now that it has a pickguard do you think you may add a Guild 1100 floating pickup to it?

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Great job! Axinc.net has celluloid tort.

– Setzer

I have bought that from them. They have gorgeous stuff

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Great job! Axinc.net has celluloid tort.

– Setzer

Tanks for the link!

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Beautiful. Now that it has a pickguard do you think you may add a Guild 1100 floating pickup to it?

– ThePolecats

I havent thought about that, but that sounds interesting!

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Nice looking guitar, now you made it look complete.


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