Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Gretsch/Rex

1

Most folks have never heard of Rex. I'm pretty sure all their stuff was re-branded and it was, for a time, Gretsch's budget line. Honestly...I bought the guitar without even thinking about the fact that I was making a set. I think the amp is from '47 and was likely paired with a lap steel. The guitar is a '55 (probably made by Kay...but it is very similar in construction to a Harmony Stratotone (neck-through) and I've been gigging it regularly. It sounds amazing.

2

The Rex brand was certainly marketed by Gretsch, but I'm not sure I've ever seen any evidence that those guitars were manufactured by them.

3

Here's a spread from the Gretsch 1939 catalog... the hardcover catalog that retail stores used. Lots of Rex models.

4

Here's another spread from the same '39 catalog, also featuring Rex branded models. This catalog also featured National brand resonator guitars.

5

I don't think Rex even made Rex! The amp appears to be a Magnatone, but is a Rex Royal, from Gretsch. A lot of people were jumping on the bandwagon during those instrument boom years.


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