Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Odd Vintage Gretsch

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One of my coworkers mentioned her grandfather had an old Gretsch guitar while I was talking about old archtops with another person. She had her brother send a pic of it and I’ve never seen one with this sort of burst. It’s a triple burst and the neck is cracked, she said. You can see in the photo that the binding is separating. It’s a Synchromatic and looks like it’s maybe a 40’s model? What do you guys think?

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i haven't a clue, but just wanted to say that's one of the most unusual bursts i've ever seen. every day brings something new, as Marty Balin once sang.

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Thanks, guys. I’ve relayed the info back over to her.

5

That's a beauty. Interesting case as well.

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I'll echo lx's sentiments. That's not an uncommon finish for pre-war American Orchestra models, but I've never seen it on a post-war Gretsch.

8

The case is a VOX case from the 60s.

– Joe Desperado

It does seem newer than the guitar.

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It's like they were searching for ways to make sunburst even uglier

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It's like they were searching for ways to make sunburst even uglier

– Otter

We've seen a few of these tri-bursts around here and they are indeed ugly.

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Any thoughts on value? It will need a neck repair, for sure.

12

I love the tri-burst finishes. Just another uniquely Gretsch thing.

As to value, I think there are others here that would know better than me, but these aren't terrible sought after. Probably under $1000.

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I love the tri-burst finishes. Just another uniquely Gretsch thing.

As to value, I think there are others here that would know better than me, but these aren't terrible sought after. Probably under $1000.

– Afire

I'd say waaaay under $1K. Don't know as I'd contemplate an expensive neck reset on one of these lower end models.


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