Vintage Gretsch Guitars

My second “Killer” Corsair 1958 6014

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After really liking my first non cutaway Corsair I got this 58 single cutaway version. Wow what a great playing guitar and the tone is amazing. A real peach. Here's some pics

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Wow, that really does look nice and clean. Congrats!

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Striking condition!! Lovely cutaway.....& with no hand-catcher! Gretsch got it right by '58 it appears. Congrats on a great find!

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Thanks. Can't believe the tone on this guitar. It's a marvel

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It doesn't have any pickups.

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Please add this guitar to the GDP database Andrew... these types of guitars are under represented there!

Is that a wire I see in the bass side F-hole??

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What a hottie! Love it! What gauge/kind of strings are you using on it?

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@Kc - yes it's got a pickup inside. I'm using 10s Flatwound

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That is a pretty guitar. Congratulations.

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Cool! How thick are the body?

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Wow! 60 years old and truly mint. The grain in the top looks like spruce; is it a carved solid top or laminated?

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Beautiful Guitar. "Killer Build" is right. I love that gold guard on the old Sun Burst's. Paul is going to make me one for my newest 6182 project, can't wait.

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Maple back, carved spruce top. 3.5" body depth. Booms

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Action is 2.5mm at 12th fret. Were these supposed "budget" guitars? It sure doesn't feel or sound like a cheapo. Great jazzer

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Bound maple 2 piece neck with rosewood board.

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Corsairs were a step up from the New Yorker -- bound fingerboard, adjustable truss rod and new for '58, a cutaway. The white-button Waverly tuners were usually put on the lower-end models like New Yorkers and Clippers but I think they look kind of snazzy. Should be a laminate top. Check the inside to match the grain to the top. The next most expensive is the 17" Constellation which also had a lam top, not that there's anything wrong with that. You got a really clean and original one - congrats.

Edit: There is a thread from a couple years ago when I spotted the '57/8 transitions from humplock/full-body to neo/cutaway went through three batches with a mix of features. I don't think we ever spotted one with humpblocks and a cutaway tho'.


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