26 Windsordave 8 months ago First off, welcome to all things Gretsch! You've tapped into the place you can get the best info on vintage Gretsches in particular, thanks to our guru, Ed Ball. Great info Ed. Not saying this is what your should do with this New Yorker, but this is one of the models I referenced in a past thread explaining why some of the old low end Gretsch archtops would make a good mule to upgrade, as it has a carved top. You could go to town on upgrades, giving it a full binding, including a higher end shaped pickguard with a multi binding, top end tuners, even changing out the headstock facing and putting Gretsch and New Yorker back on it in MOP (or even abalone ), in the vintage script style writing. You'd have a very, very nice guitar with the very best appointments for a FRACTION!! of what a carved top new guitar would cost you today and it would be unique.