cutaway. A typical example of the '57 version of the all-time Gretsch
classic, with the following specs: "humptop" inlays on rosewood
fingerboard, metal nut, large headstock with horseshoe inlay, oval-button
Grover Sta-Tites, two-piece maple neck, hollow maple body (without
'sound-post'), two DeArmond 'Dynasonic' pickups, Bigsby B-6 vibrato,
precompensated aluminum bridge with rosewood base (the new 'bar' bridge
was introduced only in late '57), 'signpost logo' pickguard, three knobs
on the lower bout for individual volume and master tone controls, master
volume knob on the upper bout, one pickup-selector switch.
Very beautiful guitar with all original parts. The body has a beautiful
flamed top, quite unusual for '57, really gorgeous. As it often
happens with Gretsches, there is some unexpected feature: the earliest
version I have encountered of the 'neck dowel' in the neck-body joint,
which is always considered as a typical '58 feature. Excellent conditions:
neck is solid and straight , binding shows no problems except for three
fragments missing on the headstock. There is some finish checking, but
finish overall conditions are good, with a few dings and scratches here
and there, especially next to the fingerboard extension; neck's finish
shows wear. Hardware is in excellent shape, except for gold plating wear
on tuners and knobs.
A few flaws: a little plugged screw-hole form a different tuner is visible
under the high-E tuner (see the tuner
there are visible signs and two little plugged screw-holes from a
different Bigsby (Guild-style) once installed on the guitar, now replaced
by the correct B-6 whose old traces are still visible on the top (see bigsby).
Original and intact pickguard, with signs of a concealed name once written
on the flip-side and then touched-up.
Original Gretsch case, Ess & Ess brand, unfortunately not the
'cowboy case', yet a solid and original vintage case. A great classic, a
must for the Gretsch and "real vintage" guitar lover.
case - body1
back - headstock