Gretsch Model 50 (circa 1930s) ON SALE! $900

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We dare say that you’re going to have a tough time finding any instrument for under a grand that will up your coolness factor with your musician friends the way this caramel-colored beauty will. Archtops ruled the day when Gretsch released the Model 50 back in 1934. Their catalog that year mentions the instrument’s “hand-cut ‘F’ holes” and provides these tidbits: “Six-string Spanish style Orchestra Guitar in Auditorium Special size. Arched top of old seasoned cello spruce, carved and graduated for tone. Curly maple sides, arched back, and three-piece, steel-reinforced maple neck, joining the body at the 14th fret.” Old, seasoned cello spruce? Sign me up! In addition to its intensely flamed back, this guitar has original gold-plated Grovers with butter-bean buttons, and it features not one, but two of the most incredible Gretsch logos we’ve seen on any guitar: one inlayed into the headstock, and one embossed into the tailpiece hinge. As with so many older Gretsches, somewhere along the line this one fell victim to the dreaded “binding rot,” so it’s coming to you with replaced binding and some finish touch-up work into the edges of the sunburst. A break at the fold in the original tailpiece hinge has been expertly repaired and reinforced by a jeweler; the result is barely noticable. Comes in a vintage (but non-original) flecked grey chipboard case. Sold!

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We dare say that you’re going to have a tough time finding any instrument for under a grand that will up your coolness factor with your musician friends the way this caramel-colored beauty will. Archtops ruled the day when Gretsch released the Model 50 back in 1934. Their catalog that year mentions the instrument’s “hand-cut ‘F’ holes” and provides these tidbits: “Six-string Spanish style Orchestra Guitar in Auditorium Special size. Arched top of old seasoned cello spruce, carved and graduated for tone. Curly maple sides, arched back, and three-piece, steel-reinforced maple neck, joining the body at the 14th fret.” Old, seasoned cello spruce? Sign me up! In addition to its intensely flamed back, this guitar has original gold-plated Grovers with butter-bean buttons, and it features not one, but two of the most incredible Gretsch logos we’ve seen on any guitar: one inlayed into the headstock, and one embossed into the tailpiece hinge. As with so many older Gretsches, somewhere along the line this one fell victim to the dreaded “binding rot,” so it’s coming to you with replaced binding and some finish touch-up work into the edges of the sunburst. A break at the fold in the original tailpiece hinge has been expertly repaired and reinforced by a jeweler; the result is barely noticable. Comes in a vintage (but non-original) flecked grey chipboard case. Sold!