Vintage Gretsch Guitars

50 Synchro 400-6040

1

NFI.

You almost never see these. Check out the notched bound f-holes as seen in the '51 catalog; the pointy f-holes we're all used to have yet to be produced. Two-tone gold tailpiece and gold Grovers they way they should look. The stinger on the back of the headstock looks almost to be a separate piece of wood (ebony?) judging by the chip marks on the tip.

2

Those are the separated hump block markers that I was thinking would look great on the new GDP tribute guitar.

3

Gorgeous. I'm pretty sure that's the first Gretsch I've ever seen with those f-holes outside of the catalog illustrations. And what's weirdest is that every model in the catalog with bound f-holes has them, yet they barely seem to exist.

4

I've only seen one other and the f-hole binding was curling and breaking apart at the mitered joints. I believe that the pointy ones we all love were a result of wanting to streamline the manufacturing process. The next special that Stern makes should be one of these with the bound f-holes. The next special Annie that Gretsch makes could have these too.

5

This looks to me like a guitar Freddie Green would have played.

The Synchromatic inlay on the head stock is a catseye soundhole over an art deco stair step bridge. It doesn't surprise me that businesses forget their icons, it happens all the time.

It's unlikely this is a 21" scale. 25" more likely.

It doesn't have a truss adjustment plate. Might need a neck reset.

I think this guitar, no matter how well it played originally, should be in a glass display case.

Lee

6

Freddie Green's '56 El Dorado was essentially this guitar; his even had the same logotype on the headstock although the replacement neck didn't have it.

7

Thanks lx.

Did it have an adjustable truss rod?

Lee

9

Freddie's is also the only time I can recall seeing that mixed the t-roof logo and chili pepper.


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