Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Highly Suspect 1955 Roundup on Reverb


Wouldn't you say that the re-neck using non-original features cuts the asking price by a minimum of at least half? As we've kicked around here at different times when it comes to asking top dollar for this ilk vintage guitar, originality is everything.

– Windsordave

That has been a question for some time now. As we've realized how frequently 50s Jets have been re-necked, there's been a ton of dealers who attempt to still get full vintage value in these situations. They play naive to the feature inconsistencies, and focus on the serial number to determine the guitars vintage (model year).

Pure vintage "collectors" would absolutely care that a Jet's neck is not original and will be unwilling to pay full market price. However, others who may be attracted to vintage instruments to play (for their mojo, etc, etc.) won't care as much especially if the neck was replaced at the Gretsch factory with another vintage component. These re-necked specimens might be the only way a player can afford to acquire an authentic 50s Jet. But that of course is predicated to the lower market value/price of a re-necked Jet.

Does a factory re-neck result in a 50% reduction in value... maybe, but that could be a little stout. I'd submit that maybe 30% is more common. A re-necked 50s Duo Jet may suffer more market degradation than a more sought after model like a 50s Roundup.

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