Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Trying to Identify Synchromatic Sunburst

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I just picked this guitar up at a local pawn shop and am trying to identify what model it is. From the serial number of 5432 I’m putting it at a 1950-1951. It’s in decent shape for its age but I will probably send it off for restoration. Suggestions and comments much appreciated.

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I don't know the old ones well, but looks pretty clean!

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Wow, that's a beauty!

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Nice! Congrats! What needs restoring?

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That's a war-time Synchromatic model 100. Nothing documented out there... but my research on these puts the #5xxx serial numbers in the 1945 timeframe.

These use a different sequential serial numbering system than the post-war sequential system. If your Synchro was a '50/51 the 5xxx serial number would fit... except those all had paper labels (starting around #4xxx) in 1949.

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This is the same model advertised in late 1945 as the "home from wars" and Red River Dave advertising. They have have five block markers; subsequent models (1947 & later) had six. You can see an example of an ad on the back of the Gretsch Cowboy Songbook. Your's looks to be in good shape.

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This is the same model advertised in late 1945 as the "home from wars" and Red River Dave advertising. They have have five block markers; subsequent models (1947 & later) had six. You can see an example of an ad on the back of the Gretsch Cowboy Songbook. Your's looks to be in good shape.

– lx

Thanks! You’re right on the money. The ad is for the identical model. I assumed because of wear marks in the neck and body, that it might need restoration. The sound is amazing!

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I have one too that is a beater but plays and sounds great. Proof positive that you can make a good sounding and playing archtop with a 24.5" scale. I have to sell mine unfortunately because I'd have to modify the asymetric to work for me.

Also, mine came with a strange Synchromatic bridge. Most of these models had a compensated and occasionally plain uncompensated bridge. Mine has stairsteps which we haven't seen before; what does yours have?

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Here is a photo of mine. It’s a stair step as well.

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Thanks! You’re right on the money. The ad is for the identical model. I assumed because of wear marks in the neck and body, that it might need restoration. The sound is amazing!

– franklibby

Wear marks = Mojo. People pay big bucks to fake them.

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I paid $560 for the guitar. My money says they are original wear marks, lol.

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