Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Synchro 100 w/Cool Headstock

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NFI.

Seller has it listed as a '53 but it's closer to no later than '50 as that's about when the smaller f-holes were phased out. He also thinks it's a 17" but these were 16". Check out the cool MOTS green headstock which contrasts beautifully with the yellowing scripty logotype. Usually these were black pyralin which tends to shrink with time. The rest of the Synchro seems pretty clean.

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Boy....this thing is in nasty condition! newer pickguard and bracket - original brackets are brass.....and this one doesn't let the guard line up properly as well.

The bridge/base, tailpiece and body itself, but not the binding are the only parts in good shape. The neck is a mess - needs a [obvious] neck reset. Total rebind required and address any other issues with the fingerboard.

Even if you got this guitar for free, the cost to have a luthier fix everything is way more than this guitar is worth!

Aside from the MOTS headstock facing, I don't like this headstock shape - doesn't look upscale at all and you see it on Gretsch's cheaper archtops in post war models.

Not sure the top is carved either. They went away from this after the war on the cheaper models. Despite it being a sunburst, hiding somewhat the lovely spruce on the top, the grain we can see is nice, even though it's quite wide.

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This MOP headstock material pops up periodically. The Gretsch factory must have come into some of this material and they applied it there for a short period. There's lots of evidence that the Gretsch company was frugal, and the "waste-not, want-not" sensibility seemed to prevail.
We sometimes find guitars with mixed features, most typically just prior to WWII. Reusing marketing photos in brochures and catalogs is another example, and something that has created a lot of confusion about model year features over the past 6 or 7 decades.


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