Ancient Gretsch Parlor Guitar?
Thank you, JonSnow, for providing these extra close-ups of that 'GreTscH AMERICAN' logo!
And thank you also, MacStevenXIII, for finding another excellent example and providing it for us!
I could see making T-shirts with that logo on 'em. So much to do, - So little Time!
Cool piece of History you've got there, JonSnow!
Just think of all of the events of World History that that GreTscH lived through!
I appreciate that you're restoring her as best you can! - Thanks for taking care of that little Treasure!
Sorry to be late to the party... my first impression was that this is simply a Gretsch American model 220, which was offered in the '27-early '30s timeframe, and had an all mahogany body like this one. But, the model 220 was a 4-string tenor. The headstock and tuners look more like the model 135 (also called The Castillian), but that was a spruce topped parlor model (i.e what Deke Martin has).
So... I've referred back to my Gretsch 1928 catalog and found that it could be one of the following...
model 125 or 130, each made of mahogany and described as being "standard" size (as opposed to Concert size or Hawaiian). Impossible to tell which this is, as there are no illustrations in the catalog.
Any of these Gretsch American specimens are exceedingly rare. Doesn't mean they are worth a ton of money (most people don't even know they exist), but they are a super-cool find! Thanks for sharing!
When you get a chance, would you mind reporting the dimensions... specifically the depth of the body and the width (across the lower bout). Thanks!
Thanks for the number Jon, mine's 131.