Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Old Gretsch

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Hi Folks, I am repairing a stand up bass in exchange for an old, I think 1947 Gretsch cutaway archtop. The neck has been changed out with a nondescript imported neck. I would like to know what I'm getting, and also I will need a neck or specs to make one. The serial number is penciled inside the guitar 20X19X22E and in the other F-hole is penciled the number 258 circled. I will be happy to learn anything about this guitar. Thanks, Rob

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Well... it's hard to tell much from your description. But there were not any cutaway models in the Gretsch line-up until 1951. If this is an acoustic archtop (no pu's) then it would be even later than that.

The 20X19X22E doesn't have any Gretsch precedent. The 258 "could" be a serial number, but without knowing the model, it doesn't tell us anything.

Got a photo?

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Yeah I have photos in my email. Can I forward the email?

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curious..... love to see the pics

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Here's the guitar in question. I'm not of the opinion it's a Gretsch, but perhaps one of you guys will recognize it's contours and f-hole shape.

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Premier/Stewart branded United body and possibly neck as well. These were also the bodies used for D'Angelico laminated guitars(but with a real handmade D'A neck)

Here's an old pic of mine. I have the correct tailpiece now.

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Wow, Now I am a little confused, We're pretty sure she's not Gretsch, I saw Kay, and Stewart. Can it be pinned down by the serial numbers? I haven't recieved the guitar yet, and I'm interested in her potential value. Thanks alot for your response. I've been wanting to own a Gretsch for a long time. Oh well. Rob

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Frankly, first thing that crossed my mind when i saw the photo was that the shape and f-holes looked like a Hofner, but they tend to have pretty distinctive backs.

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HERES A LINK to the United bodied D'A's.

Rob, these are not very collectable, I've seen some clean ones(that have new binding as they all rot) that I seem to remember selling for maybe $750.00 Typically beat up ones that are complete and play go for like $300 to $600 The D'Angelico branded ones can go for some big money.

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Thanks, Did the D'A's have Bigsby's? I read that there were no serial numbers on their laminated bodies. Now I'm wondering whose number is inside. Yeah big $ for the D'A's I wonder if they built any blonde ones?

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No, the D'As never had Bigsbys. And the Stewart branded Uniteds came in blond, and I think that is what you have there.

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The D'Angelico branded ones can go for some big money.

yes but this isnt. I'd say without any parts it is worth ~$300, of which half is the value of the bigsby (presuming it is an old one).


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