Gretsch-GEAR Archtop Acoustics 50-F American Orchestra Fifty

Gretsch 50-F: Serial Number Unknown

Note: This guitar has been marked as needing help. This information may not be trustworthy.

Owned by
Lollydog
Body style
Hollowbody (no cutaway)
Color(s)
Unknown
Fretboard
Rosewood with Block inlays
Nut
Unknown
Pickups
None
Tuners
Unknown
Bridge
Unknown
Tailpiece
Gretsch trapeze
Unusual factory features

It seems to fall somewhere between a New Yorker and an orchestra 50. I cannot find a serial number anywhere in or on the body. I'm quite curious as to the exact year and model of this guitar.

Added to Gretsch-GEAR
2 years ago Last modified 2017-04-02 12:10:22

There are many examples of early Gretsch guitars with mixed features, and that’s been attributed to the shortage of raw materials during the war years, forcing the Brooklyn factory to assemble finish guitars with what they had on hand… waste not, want not. This looks to be just such a specimen. Best guess on vintage would be early 40s.

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