Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Post War Catseye Synchro 160 PSA

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Bridge and base is a repro too, albeit period correct. Tailpiece should also be the harp/chromatic. I agree on the Klusons.....Grovers in the early mid '40's IIFC. Needs a new fretboard by the looks of it. No clear shot of the neck joint. Most likely a carved top. Cheap enough sure, but not necessarily with the non-original parts and the price as always, depends on the neck situation.

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Why does it need a new fretboard? Did I miss something? The board looks good. It has some cool grain in it though, maybe a bit of the sap wood.

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That's an original bridge and base. The compensating part on the 3rd string is way more compensated than the modern units as they were originally built for a 26" scale. I'm not sure if this is a 26" scale but it could be. I'm pretty sure it's a lam top as the catalog makes no mentions of these having that and makes a big deal about the 300 and 400 as having solid wood. There should be a pencilled serial number next to a blue stamp "Gretsch Superstructure"

I've seen more than a couple of these with Klusons like this one, but I also see spare holes. There is some weird staining on the board.The ones I've tried were quite neck heavy and wanted to dive to the left. You could pick up a modern tailpiece until you find vintage and you'd have a good sounding vamp machine. These were going for $1.5K before '08 so this is a good buy.

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Sealfasts are definitely kosher for this model. But you're right, there are extra holes. Maybe original tuners put back on.


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