Early Electromatics

In the early 50s, “Electromatic” referred to the full line of Gretsch electric guitars.

In the early 50s, “Electromatic” referred to the full line of Gretsch electric guitars.

In the early 50s, “Electromatic” referred to the full line of Gretsch electric guitars.

The Gretsch-GEAR database includes eight different models and 24 examples in the Early Electromatics family, including Electro II, Electromatic and Electromatic Spanish models.

Guitar models in the Early Electromatics group

6185 Electromatic Spanish
Documented years: 1949 to 1954

The first Gretsch branded electric archtop, the Electromatic Spanish was introduced in 1939, around the same time as the Synchromatic line. The earliest examples were manufactured by the Kay Company and are easily spotted by their odd knobs on both upper bouts.

6185-N Electromatic Spanish
Documented years: 1953

Natural finish

6187 Electro II
Documented years: 1953 to 1954

Early non-cutaway Electro II, sunburst-finished

6188 Electro II
Documented years: 1951

Non-cutaway, natural finish.

6190 Electromatic
Documented years: 1953

The sunburst-finished early-50s precursor to the 6190 Streamliner.

6191 Electromatic
Documented years: 1954

The natural-finished early-50s precursor to the 6191 Streamliner.

6192 Electro II
Documented years: 1951 to 1964

Sunburst, offered from 1951-54. Became the Country Club.

6193 Electro II
Documented years: 1952

Natural finish, offered from 1951-54. Became the Country Club.