Gretsch-GEAR Early Electromatics 6185 Electromatic Spanish

1940 Gretsch 6185: Serial Number Unknown

Owned by
alxclub
Body style
Hollowbody (no cutaway)
Color(s)
Sunburst
Fretboard
Rosewood with Dot inlays
Nut
Bone
Pickups
Unknown
Tuners
Unknown
Bridge
Wood compensated
Tailpiece
Gretsch trapeze
Unusual factory features

3 tuners on either side, rather than the lapsteel tuners usually found on this model. Checkerboard binding on back sides and neck. Radio knobs for tone and volume. Pickup is a sheet of plastic with magnet poles sticking out. Double fret markers at 5, 9, and 15. Red, white, and blue fret markers. No serial number.

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1 year ago Last modified 2019-05-25 08:52:54

This is an example of the very first Gretsch branded electric guitar. It was introduced in the same Gretsch catalog as the Synchromatic acoustic line (1939), but this Electromatic was never depicted. Only offered for a couple of years before WWII forced Gretsch to reduce their line down to just a few models, so not many were sold and even fewer exist today.

BTW… this is not a model 6185. That’s was the post war “Electromatic” model.

I know but I think I had limited options for headings to list it as. Or can I change it?

There’s so few of these that there probably wasn’t a “correct” header made (yet). My comment was purely for posterity in case someone comes across your listing in the future. Always trying to clarify the (sometimes) confusing Gretsch history!

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