Other flattop acoustics

Over the years, Gretsch has released a number of other flattops aside from the Rancher, usually aimed at the folk market. While many are very nice, they never caught the public’s imagination the way the Rancher did.

Over the years, Gretsch has released a number of other flattops aside from the Rancher, usually aimed at the folk market. While many are very nice, they never caught the public’s imagination the way the Rancher did.

The Gretsch-GEAR database includes 51 different models and 91 examples in the Other flattop acoustics family, including Americana, Red River Dave, 12-string, Alligator Biscuit Roundneck, Alligator Biscuit Roundneck A/E, Americana, Bobtail Deluxe Round-Neck Resonator, Bobtail Deluxe Square-Neck Resonator, Bobtail steel round-neck, Bobtail steel square-neck, Boxcar Standard Round-Neck Resonator, Boxcar Standard Square-Neck Resonator, Burl Ives/Folk, Castilian, Crimson Flyer, Dreadnought, Dreadnought Cutaway, Electro Classic, Folk, Grand Concert/Jimmy Rogers/Folk, Hauser, Honey Dipper Round-Neck Metal Resonator, Honey Dipper Special Round-Neck Resonator, Jim Dandy Flat Top, Jumbo, Jumbo Synchromatic, Night Bird, Ozark, Sho Bro Hawaiian, Sho Bro Hawaiian 7-string, Sho Bro Spanish, Sierra, Silver Classic/Hauser, Sun Valley and Wayfarer models.

Guitar models in the Other flattop acoustics group

125-F Jumbo Synchromatic
Documented years: None

The 125F was the precursor to the 6021 Town & Country. Offered in the late '40s and early '50s, it featured a 17" wide maple body with the typical Gretsch, triangle sound hole.

135 Castilian
Documented years: 1930

The Castilian was a Gretsch parlor sized model, branded "Gretch American". It appears to have been first offered in 1927, hung around briefly until about '33 or '34 and then was gone as the American Orchestra era took hold. Although examples and documentation are scarce, there is evidence that there ...

400-F
Documented years: None

The 400F was a flattop variation on the classic Synchromatic 400. It was only offered from about 1945 to 1947 and featured a flat top (with an arched back) and a triangle sound hole along with all of the usual Synchromatic appointments -- a three-piece laminated maple "Miracle Neck", slanted-script ...

4500 Americana
Documented years: 2007 to 2010

Sundown Serenade, Sunburst finish with graphics

4510 Americana
Documented years: 2007 to 2007

Showdown, Black burst finish with graphics

4520 Americana
Documented years: 2007 to 2007

Way Out West, Green burst finish with graphics

4530 Americana
Documented years: 2006 to 2012

Wild West Sweethearts, Red burst finish with graphics

5030 Dreadnought
Documented years: 2004

Sunburst

5030-C Dreadnought Cutaway
Documented years: None

Sunburst

5032 Dreadnought
Documented years: 2005 to 2007

Orange

5032-C Dreadnought Cutaway
Documented years: None

Orange

5033 Dreadnought
Documented years: 2004

Natural

5033-C Dreadnought Cutaway
Documented years: None

Natural

5035 Dreadnought
Documented years: None

Black

5035-C Dreadnought Cutaway
Documented years: 2004

Black

6000 Hauser
Documented years: None

None

6001 Silver Classic/Hauser
Documented years: 1963

Classical guitar

6002 Folk
Documented years: None

None

6003 Grand Concert/Jimmy Rogers/Folk
Documented years: 1952 to 1967

Probably the single most distinguishing characteristic of the 6003 is the sheer number of names the same guitar was given. 6003 nomenclature seemed to change according to the prevailing winds, who you asked and the phases of the moon. Among the various names given the flattop: Whatever it was called, ...

6004 Burl Ives/Folk
Documented years: 1954 to 1956

None

6005 Ozark
Documented years: None

None

6006 Electro Classic
Documented years: None

None

6007 Sierra
Documented years: None

None

6008 Wayfarer
Documented years: 1968

None

6009 Jumbo
Documented years: None

None

6010 Sun Valley
Documented years: 1956 to 1969

The 6010 was briefly somewhat popular in the 60s. It can be differentiated from the 6003 by the inlaid headstock, stripe of marquetry bisecting the back, and larger body.

6020 12-string
Documented years: None

The 6020 12-string was a brief and wholly unsuccessful foray into acoustic 12-string territory Gretsch made in the late 1960s and early 70s. According to Dan Duffy, Gretsch quality control guru, sales were always poor, and the few that did sell caused a lot of headaches at the factory. It ...

6020 Crimson Flyer
Documented years: 1989

The 6020 Acoustic, offered in the early 1990s, was a modern Gretsch on the classic Gretsch flattop. With its triangular soundhole it was reminiscent of the classic Rancher and Town & Country, yet it was offered with a 16" body, ceramic pickup and active electronics. Crimson Flyers featured a two ...

6030 Night Bird
Documented years: 1990

Like the 6020 Crimson Flyer, the black-finished Night Bird was a poor-selling acoustic electric from the early 90s.

6042 Red River Dave
Documented years: 1953

None

75-F
Documented years: None

None

7505 Folk
Documented years: None

Sunburst finish

7506 Folk
Documented years: None

The natural finish 7506 Folk had formerly been known as the 6003 Folk. The new model designation began in 1972.

7514 Sun Valley
Documented years: None

Sunburst finish.

7515 Sun Valley
Documented years: 1975

Natual Finish

7705 Sho Bro Hawaiian
Documented years: None

Six-string version of the mid-70s Hawaiian resonator guitars.

7710 Sho Bro Hawaiian 7-string
Documented years: None

Mid-70s Hawaiian resonator guitar.

7715 Sho Bro Spanish
Documented years: None

MId-70s resonator flattop

9200 Boxcar Standard Round-Neck Resonator
Documented years: 2012 to 2015

Natural finish; Mahogany top, back and sides; Rosewood fingerboard; Gretsch Ampli-Sonic™ Spider Resonator Cone and Bridge; Nickel-Plated Poinsettia Design Cover-Plate; 1930s Gretsch Headstock with Aged Pearloid Face. Identical to model 9210, but with round neck profile.

9201 Honey Dipper Round-Neck Metal Resonator
Documented years: 2012 to 2014

Bell Brass Body; Rosewood fingerboard; Gretsch Ampli-Sonic Biscuit Resonator Cone and Bridge; Poinsettia Design Cover-Plate; Weathered "Pump House Roof" Body Finish; 1930s Gretsch Headstock with Aged Pearloid Face. Standard round neck profile.

9202 Honey Dipper Special Round-Neck Resonator
Documented years: 2016

Bell Brass Body; Rosewood fingerboard; Gretsch Ampli-Sonic Biscuit Resonator Cone and Bridge; Poinsettia Design Cover-Plate; 1930s Gretsch Headstock with Aged Pearloid Face. Standard round neck profile. Identical to model 9201, except that the finish is available in "Bell Bronze" or "Oxblood Red".

9210 Boxcar Standard Square-Neck Resonator
Documented years: 2012

Natural finish; Mahogany top, back and sides; Rosewood fingerboard; Gretsch Ampli-Sonic Spider Resonator Cone and Bridge; Nickel-Plated Poinsettia Design Cover-Plate; 1930s Gretsch Headstock with Aged Pearloid Face. Identical to model 9200, but with a square neck profile designed for acoustic lap-style playing.

9220 Bobtail Deluxe Round-Neck Resonator
Documented years: 2012 to 2015

Sunburst finish; Mahogany top, back and sides; Rosewood fingerboard; Fishman Nashville Resophonic Pickup; Gretsch Ampli-Sonic Spider Resonator Cone and Bridge; Nickel-Plated Poinsettia Design Cover-Plate; 1930s Gretsch Headstock with Aged Pearloid Face. Identical to model 9230, but with round neck profile.

9221 Bobtail steel round-neck
Documented years: 2014

The Roots Collection G9221 Bobtail offered an all-steel body with the Gretsch aluminum AmpliSonic Spider cone diaphragm, mated to a mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard. It also included a Fishman Nashville pickup for easy amplification.

9230 Bobtail Deluxe Square-Neck Resonator
Documented years: 2014

Sunburst finish; Mahogany top, back and sides; Rosewood fingerboard; Fishman Nashville Resophonic Pickup; Gretsch Ampli-Sonic Spider Resonator Cone and Bridge; Nickel-Plated Poinsettia Design Cover-Plate; 1930s Gretsch Headstock with Aged Pearloid Face. Identical to model 9220, but with a square neck profile designed for acoustic lap-style playing.

9231 Bobtail steel square-neck
Documented years: None

The Roots Collection G9231 Bobtail offered an all-steel body with the Gretsch aluminum AmpliSonic Spider cone diaphragm, mated to a mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard. It also included a Fishman Nashville pickup for easy amplification. This model is identical to model 9221, with the exception of the square neck for ...

9240 Alligator Biscuit Roundneck
Documented years: 2012 to 2014

Introduced in 2013; non-cutaway laminated mahogany body & top; semi-gloss vintage sunburst finish; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard; 25" scale; maple/ebony biscuit bridge; nickel hardware; Grover Sta-Tite tuners; bone nut

9241 Alligator Biscuit Roundneck A/E
Documented years: 2016

Non-cutaway laminated mahogany body & top; semi-gloss finish; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard; 25" scale; maple/ebony biscuit bridge; nickel hardware; Grover Sta-Tite tuners; bone nut. Identical to the model 9240, but with the addition of a Fishman Nashville Series Biscuit Bridge transducer. Available in Vintage Sunburst or Chieftain Red finishes.

9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top
Documented years: 2013

Introduced in 2013; parlor-size acoustic; non-cutaway agathis body & top; Semi-gloss vintage sunburst finish; 24" scale, rosewood fretboard & bridge, nickel hardware.

9510-Blueburst Jim Dandy Flat Top
Documented years: 2012

Introduced in 2013; parlor-size acoustic; non-cutaway agathis body & top; 24" scale, rosewood fretboard & bridge, nickel hardware. Identical to model G9500, but with "Blueburst" sunburst finish.

9515-Coralburst Jim Dandy Flat Top
Documented years: None

Introduced in 2014; parlor-size acoustic; non-cutaway agathis body & top; 24" scale, rosewood fretboard & bridge, nickel hardware. Identical to model G9500, but with "Coralburst" sunburst finish.