Gretsch-GEAR Archtop Acoustics 50-F American Orchestra Fifty

1934 Gretsch 50-F: 2370

This guitar is for sale. Contact Arthur Dib for details.

Owned by
Arthur Dib
Body style
Hollowbody (no cutaway)
Ebony with unknown inlays
Wood compensated
Gretsch trapeze

Update 2018 *For Sale*: Neck Reset and Refret done in 2009 by previous owner. Some superficial tool marks are visible on the sides of the neck joint. (Zoom in on photos or I'll email you more) It is a very solid and accurate neck reset which was probably done to correct the neck angle geometry. Waverly gold and snakewood premium tuners ($200) were cleanly installed by previous owner. K&K top sensor pickup mounted under bridge foot in 2013. The pickup is well concealed with the output jack at the butt end of the body replacing the strap button. (original or period correct button in case) Another nickel strap button was added to the neck where it meets the body. Some very minimal seam repair was done in 2013 to the top and back where slight separation from the sides had occurred. It was a very clean, now nearly unnoticeable repair. The binding on the neck and body look original, unmolested and in very nice shape. Split diamond inlay on 5, 7, 9, 12th frets of the ebony fretboard. 16" lower bout, 3 ½” side width. Nut width is 1 3/4. Neck profile is a VERY soft V shape and is closer to a C shape than V. Original steel reinforcement, non-adjustable truss rod. Fall away point, relief and action are very nicely set. The neck is as good as they come in every regard for an 84 year old guitar. Newer, SKB hardshell deluxe case. Listen to this guitar on YouTube:

Unusual factory features

Diamond inlays on fretboard.

Added to Gretsch-GEAR
5 years ago Last modified 2018-05-30 10:53:50

I wish like hell that I had more information on the history of this guitar. It was owned by a wealthy attorney from NYC who guarded his privacy and consigned the guitar to Lark Street Music (Teaneck, NJ) in 2012. Before that, who knows? This guitar is magic. There may be prettier '34 - '36 model 50's out there, but I highly doubt there will be any that play or sound any nicer or have been so well maintained. This guitar records nicely with the K&K pickup and a decent preamp before the DAW. Sound samples and more pictures will be provided upon request. Listen to this very guitar on YouTube:

I just spent some time with this fine old Gretsch yesterday. It’s alive, big sound - crisp, warm, certainly no lack of volume - and feels/plays so easy. An impressive instrument in many ways. MD

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