Vintage 1940's Gretsch Synchromatic 100 Archtop Acoustic Guitar Natural Finish


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Cosmetic Condition:  All original with a super cool vintage vibe!  The golden natural finish & tiger stripe binding really make this guitar pop.  Cosmetically it's in pretty good shape with various minor nicks, chips, dents & dings; surface scratches & finish wear.  There's a minor crack in the back near the bass-side waist & a crack in the top center underneath the tailpiece.  The top crack has been glued & is stable.  The back crack appears to only in the surface of the wood & looks pretty harmless.  Overall the guitar has a great look to it with a gorgeous patina.  It's been professionally set up by us with a fresh pack of strings & low action, so it plays great with a sharp, snappy tone.

Neck:  Semi-chunky maple neck with some really gorgeous flame figuring.  The bass side of the neck is actually fatter than the treble, so it's extremely comfortable when chording with the thumb.  Beautiful Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl block inlays & stunning tortoise binding.  Original frets display some wear, but have plenty of life in them.  Bound headstock with old style Gretsch Synchromatic pearloid inlays.  Brass Grover Sta-Tite tuners in perfect working condition.  1 11/16" nut width; 24 3/4" scale length.  Neck is straight & plays well.

Body:  Archtop with dual F-holes & thick tortoise binding.  Solid spruce top with "harp" tailpiece & "stairstep" rosewood bridge.  The original pickguard is included, but a lot of the binding has deteriorated, so we kept it off the guitar.  Marvelous flame maple arched back with birdseye maple sides complete the guitar's spectacular appearance.  The was a little bit of seem separation down the center of the back, but it was glued some time ago & is quite stable.  15 3/4" lower bout width; 11 1/2" upper bout width; 3 3/4" depth.

Case:  Original hardshell case included, although the handle is missing.

Why We Love Gretsch

Gretsch has been handcrafting guitars for over 135 years. The unique sound of the Gretsch semi-hollow body guitar has become synonymous with rockabilly music, one of the first styles of rock ‘n roll. Gretsch guitars are a favorite among musicians like Chet Atkins, Brian Setzer and George Harrison. At Cream City Music, we love Gretsch too, which is why we always have a huge selection of new, used and vintage Gretsch guitars in stock.