Gretsch-GEAR Archtop Acoustics 400 Synchromatic

1991 Gretsch 400: 919400-16

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Body style
Hollowbody (no cutaway)
Ebonized Rosewood with Humped Block inlays
Delrin/Synthetic Bone
Grover StaTite
Wood compensated
Gretsch trapeze
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3 years ago Last modified 2017-10-12 12:44:15

Acquired 2nd hand, this guitar needed TLC : she came without case, with a crack in the headstock, the original pickguard was lost, the fretwire was worn...

After a careful restoration in Art-Deco style, including left-hand conversion, acetate custom-made pickguard, along with hardware change from gold to chrome, this G400 thanks me by sounding and looking great !

Interesting! I had no idea that they made a left-hand version of this.

This is not a “regular lefty” model, nor a special order, but a custom conversion to LH. I don’t know if the G400 had been factory-issued in LH.

Beautiful. I’ve seen a few of these being converted to lefty. With the symmetrical body it is one of the rare chances to easily make a big-bodied lefty Gretsch with the teardrop (cat-eye) soundholes. I’d love to have one! The bridge and tailpiece tell about the righty origin.

I suppose this model with a pickup, instead of 400, is marked as 6040, right?

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