Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Vintage Gent — Modern Weirdness

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NFI.

Was checking out this '64 Gent and the shiny Filtertron pickups stood out. I smelt a scam, but it wasn't. The pickups (and a lot of other metal) appear to be early modern Gretsch which isn't too unusual. But the pickups appear to have been gotten directly from Fred Gretsch Enterprises judging from the very specific serial # labels (scroll through the pics) that came with them. Hadn't seen that before.

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Looks pretty clean! Thanks for noting and posting interesting things.

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You see a lot of vintage Gretsches with all early 1990s hardware. It's because a certain vintage Gretsch "specialist" would offer to, ahem, "re-plate" the gold hardware on your old guitar for you - for a price. Then he would later sell the vintage parts from your guitar and profit a second time.

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You see a lot of vintage Gretsches with all early 1990s hardware. It's because a certain vintage Gretsch "specialist" would offer to, ahem, "re-plate" the gold hardware on your old guitar for you - for a price. Then he would later sell the vintage parts from your guitar and profit a second time.

– JBGretschGuy

Oh for God's sake... just say it! Art Wiggs pulled a lot of shenanigans back in the day!

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That snowflake case (circa '57-59) isn't original to the guitar, but it appears to have had contained (at one time in the past) a guitar with a deteriorating pickguard on it... as evidenced by the burned-out plush on the inside of the lid.

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I would consider it if in the market for a cool looking player. Fortunately I’m not in the market at this point.

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Oh for God's sake... just say it! Art Wiggs pulled a lot of shenanigans back in the day!

– kc_eddie_b

I said it.

I still miss being able to call Duke Kramer on the phone and buy a whole big box of vintage parts for very little money. Sure, a few bits would be Baldwin era, or a little odd. (like unplated brass strap knobs). But he was so kind and generous with his time.

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Agreed... Duke was a gem! My favorite interactions with him were when he (and his wife... Fritzy?) would be at the Philadelphia vintage guitar show, and he was always happy to chat about stuff. Oh... the questions I would have for him now!

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I use to have really great conversations with Duke! I first started talking to him in the late 70’s. I miss him being around! Such a nice man and a well of info!

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I saw this card in my parts box last night and thought “if only. “

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I only interacted with Duke once: when Dean Turner wrote that epic Guitar Player article on Gretsch around '82/3 (first time I saw a catseye Synchro--yow!). Turner said at the end of it that if readers wanted to send him pics and serial #'s of our Gretsches he would try to identify them. I got a typed letter back from Duke (mis)identifying my 6120 as a '57 (actually a '56 with a '59 re-neck). It was a thrill to get any info and he signed it "Gretschfully Yours," a real class act.


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