1 Tartan Phantom 2 weeks ago As some folks already know, I purchased this Gretsch Synchromatic in Nashville During the recent 2017 Gretsch Nashville Roundup. I have to thank (A) Crowbone for finding it at Carter's Vintage guitars, (B) the rest of the crew who was there that day; who put it through the paces, drooled over it and marveled at its condition and voice, and (C) Bob Howard for convincing me to buy it, simply buy playing it longer than 5 minutes and feigning interest in purchasing it himself. No matter who ended up purchasing it, the general consensus at the shop was that SOMEBODY among us had to give it a home... we just couldn't abandon it in a town full of Telecaster players!After the Roundup, I sent the following pics to Vintage Gretsch Guru Extraordinaire, Mr. Ed Ball himself. Ed's final conclusion was that it was NOT a "1947" model, as originally advertised by the shop. Instead, he estimated it to be a late 1942 model-- based on the serial number. Now this ol' girl isn't "flawless", she's got her age lines, wrinkles, and minor repairs where there were splits in the top, but she is indeed a grand ol' beauty. At any rate, I didn't win a guitar at the Roundup this year, but I felt like I walked away with "The Belle of the Ball" for the weekend. The details and the full story can be found in the database, HERE.