Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Need help with identifying this guitar

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I was wondering if anyone can help me Identify this guitar, it was my dads who recently passed away. I was also wondering how I can take care of this guitar as the wood is warped and there are some cracks.

It looks like the serial number is 4925

Here are the pics: https://imgur.com/a/xfyzJlM

Thank you for the help!

3

Looks like the guitar is suffering from dry atmosphere and needs to be hydrated. The cracks should be repaired by a competent luthier. This is not so easy to cleat as it would be done through the F holes. The finish has been removed, so at this point I would stabilize the wood and play it in memory of your dad.

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thank you so much, do you have any advice on how to hydrate the wood, I just want to save it as best as I can.

5

Your guitar's serial number puts in the 1937 timeframe. It's probably an American Orchestra model 35 (that's been stripped of it's finish).

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thank you so much, do you have any advice on how to hydrate the wood, I just want to save it as best as I can.

– moriahlynn

If this has a case, you can purchase a humidifier at most guitar store or online. Look for one that will work with an arch top with F holes. Fill the humidifier with water and close it in the case with the guitar. If no case, you can do something similar with a large trash bag and a moist sponge for a few days. Then store it in a place that stays humidified. Houses with a humidifier or April air will keep the humidity around 35%. Just don’t soak the wood. It just needs to be around the same as your home.


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