1 lx 7 months ago It's really quite amazing. An El Dorado custom order, of course. From an interesting batch of 1956 Gretsches: Convertibles, White Falcons and Penguins oh my, and Freddie's Eldo, #19952. If you look at the headstock you see something funny: it's the old Synchromatic logo, what Jay Scott called the chili-pepper-bisecting-a-lightning-bolt. It's really a Cat's eye soundhole superimposed over a "synchronized" bridge stylization -- something that was only on the pre-war Synchromatic 400 models. But Freddie wanted it and he got it. But he broke the neck and then got a regular headstock as can be seen in later photos. Here he is in '68 and you can clearly see the heel dowel/neck-lock, introduced in '58. The whole story is in Dan Duffy's book.The really amazing thing is that you can hear the dang thing over all that brass&reeds&stuff and my god the thing sounds gorgeous. Velvet chords. Essence of Rhythm.