Gretsch-GEAR Archtop Acoustics 6030 Constellation

1953 Gretsch 6030: 10314

Owned by
alan1939
Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Natural
Fretboard
Ebonized Rosewood with Block inlays
Nut
Bone
Pickups
None
Tuners
Grover StaTite
Bridge
Rosewood with rosewood adjustable saddle
Tailpiece
Gretsch trapeze
Unusual factory features

well think it is a very rare special order Tenor

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8 months ago Last modified 2018-12-20 11:02:26

I purchased this guitar recently from a guy who purchased it from Michaels Music NY some 10 years ago he had it all checked over by a luthier here in UK ,there was no pick guard so I made one out of a piece of African Black wood which is fine.

I am currently using a DeArmond 1100 rhythm chief pick up which although is for a 6 string guitar which I also use works well, through my Polytone Mini Brute, I would love to find a 4string version!! or I may have a custom made Kent Armstrong 4 string floating made. I play tenor banjo which I tune CGDA but tune the Gretsch CGD A (but A down an octave ), since getting the guitar I have really enjoyed it , I also have a Gibson ETG 50 tenor guitar but I think the Gretsch especially with the De Armond sounds nicer .

This is an amazing guitar, and very rare! Love the big bold 17” body with the thin 4-string fretboard… very unexpected, and it’s inception was probably an attempt to gain a little more volume. The addition of the DeArmond floating pu rig addressed that too. Really a gorgeous guitar. There are several members of this forum that can make fantastic (and vintage accurate) tortoise pickguards and might consider seeking them out.

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