Vintage 1953 Gretsch 6040 Synchromatic Archtop Acoustic Guitar Sunburst Finish


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Cosmetic Condition:  Very cool vintage vibe!  Structurally the guitar is in good shape.  Cosmetically, however, it's a bit rough, specifically in regards to the binding.  There is a lot of binding shrinkage - the worst of it being in the treble side F-hole & bass side of the neck.  The guitar itself has various nicks, chips, dents & dings; surface scratches, weather checking & finish blemishes.  The gold hardware has tarnished quite a bit on the tailpiece & tuners.  The pickguard is missing as well as a couple of pieces from the fingerboard inlays.  This guitar would make a great restoration project in terms of the binding issues.  From a structural & playability standpoint, however, it's great!  Nice action with a bright, snappy tone.  Overall the guitar has a great look to it with a gorgeous patina.

Neck:  Maple neck with some light flaming in it.  Ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl hump block inlays.  Original frets are in great shape with no wear.  Bound headstock with mother of pearl logos & "chili pepper" inlays.  Grover Imperial tuners in perfect working condition.  1 3/4" nut width; 25 1/2" scale length.

Body:  Carved spruce top with dual F-holes.  Maple sides, carved maple back with lots of brilliant bird's eye figuring.  "G" cutout tailpiece with floating rosewood bridge.  18" lower bout; 12 1/2" upper bout; 3 3/4" depth.

Playability / Sound:  Nice action & the neck plays well.  Bright, snappy tone with lots of punch.

Case:  Original hardshell case included.

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.