Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Didn’t know they played a Gretsch…

476

Pretty cool.

477

Annie Lennox! (although I'm sure she just borrowed Dave's)

478

That does look like Dave's guitar. It was auctioned off several years ago for charity, as I recall.

479

A young Dave with another Gretsch.

480

Roy Lee Johnson composer of "Mr. Moonlight" (pictured here with Dr. Feelgood/Piano Red and The Interns, with Beverly "Guitar" Watkins)

481

I remember going into Axe Factory, a guitar store in Philadelphia, sometime in the 80s and seeing a Country Club and being told it belonged to the guitar player from Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

If memory serves, it was a 50's Caddy Green CC, and it was a looker.

482

Killer photo, no idea who this is, but what is this two tome dyna with humblocck guitar?

483

Chris Spedding has obvs been mentioned upthread, but here is some terrific early live footage with a 6120.

– spike

I think that's a 70s blonde club with no pickguard. Seems to have blacktops, the funny body shape and a G tailpiece. Still cool!

484

Killer photo, no idea who this is, but what is this two tome dyna with humblocck guitar?

– spike

Fantastic photo. That's a two-tone Club. Hank Garland had one. I'm not sure what colors were used as the photo was also b&w. What's with the fire extinguisher?

485

If memory serves, I recall a gray and something 50's two tone club that popped up a while back, now that you mention it.

486

There is an amazing '57/8 two-tone grey/blue Constellation in London that probably has something like this one.

487

These pop up now and then. Texarock had one. And I believe they are the same color scheme as that Constellation.

Are you sure about Hank Garland having one of these? I know he had a two tone Gent, but did he also have a Club?

488

Grady Martin had the two tone Gent. Here’s the Constellation.

489

Pretty sure about Hank Garland; there's a pic in the Jay Scott book, leaning against a fire hydrant. I'll have to check later.

490

It's been so long since I've seen one, I don't remember if that was what the Clubs were, or if they were lotus ivory and gray like the '50s Corvettes (which I think is not quite the same thing)...

491

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I doubt that Django will embed this link from Facebook, but I was unable to otherwise find it on YouTube.

Here is The Smithereens' Pat DiNizio playing a single cut 6120 from the band's television appearance during their early days. I had seen Pat playing a 6022 Rancher in a music video, but I had never seen him playing a 6120.

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https://www.facebook.com/gr...

I doubt that Django will embed this link from Facebook, but I was unable to otherwise find it on YouTube.

Here is The Smithereens' Pat DiNizio playing a single cut 6120 from the band's television appearance during their early days. I had seen Pat playing a 6022 Rancher in a music video, but I had never seen him playing a 6120.

– Ric12string

Actually a modded Tenny -- someone cut out and bound the f-holes. I've always thought of the Smithereens as being a Gretsch band.

493

It's been so long since I've seen one, I don't remember if that was what the Clubs were, or if they were lotus ivory and gray like the '50s Corvettes (which I think is not quite the same thing)...

– Afire

This is a 6187 Clipper. G tailpiece, 2.75" body. Corvettes usually came in sunburst and occasionally natural. Gotta go -- got nits to pick.

494

This is a 6187 Clipper. G tailpiece, 2.75" body. Corvettes usually came in sunburst and occasionally natural. Gotta go -- got nits to pick.

– lx

As long as we're nit-picking... Corvettes came in three finish options, Sunburst 6182, Natural 6183, and Jag Tan 6184. The Clipper was the odd Gretsch model that was never offered in the Natural finish.

495

As long as we're nit-picking... Corvettes came in three finish options, Sunburst 6182, Natural 6183, and Jag Tan 6184. The Clipper was the odd Gretsch model that was never offered in the Natural finish.

– kc_eddie_b

Doh, Jag Tan Corvette of course, my bad. Still, #26733 6187 Blonde with stinger and factory original humpblock markers on an unbound rosewood board -- that I'll never forget. And there's that full body blonde 6188 which I saw once and am sure will turn up again.

496

Actually a modded Tenny -- someone cut out and bound the f-holes. I've always thought of the Smithereens as being a Gretsch band.

– lx

You are so right on that! I had not looked very carefully at the guitar. The lack of binding on the back was a giveaway. Thanks, lx.

By the way, I always think of the Smithereens as more of a Rickenbacker band.

498

Pretty sure about Hank Garland; there's a pic in the Jay Scott book, leaning against a fire hydrant. I'll have to check later.

– lx

And look what just popped up on FB. Never seen this before.

499

Disregard my comment a few posts up. I was thinking of Grady Martin and his two-tone Gent, not Hank Garland. That is awesome. So both of the greatest guitar slingers of that era had obscure two-tone Gretsches. Whodda thunk.

500

The weird thing about Garland's is that the back of the neck is painted the lighter color, matching the top.


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