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You are offerding on a 1940s Gretsch Synchromatic archtop
guitar that has been neglected and is in need of restoration. The inside of the
body bears the ink stamp "Gretsch Super Structure" and a faded and illegible
number stamp, along with the number "6400" in pencil. Don't know what any of
that means, I'ma flat top guy with very limited knowledge of vintage archtops.
The 1940s date is a guess based on the tuners that came off the guitar, which I
know to be war-time Klusons (they are not included in the sale). The
body,neck, heeland headstockare crack free. It appears as if the top braces
are securely attached and the top is stable. That's where the good news
ends.The body has significant finish degradation in the form of excessive
crazing and some finish loss. All of the body binding is severely shrunken and
cracked, a few small pieces of body binding are missing, it will all need to be
replaced. The fretboard binding will also require replacement as it is gone
entirely from the guitar. The neck shows a small gap where the heel meets the
body, and while the neck isn't wobbling in the joint I can make the gap close up
a bit with pressure, so the neck joint is in need of re-fitting and regluing.
The neck itself shows some bow and likely should be straightened as a part of
restoration, and while the neck is off for the joint fitting the angle could be
adjusted if necessary. Hard to tell if the neck will require an angle
adjustment as there's no bridge or strings on the guitar, and the bow in the
neck makes judging the angle difficult. Assume you'll have to reset the angle.
There are three screw holes in the top up near the fretboard, probably from a
succession of pickguards that were mounted to the guitar (the original is long
gone). It looks as if someone partially routed the top at one time to install a
pickup, the rout is not through the entire top thickness, only about 1/16th"
deep, and it has been partially filled with some kind of black flaky stuff, no
idea what it is but it flakes off easily. There are no tuners or tailpiece
included with the guitar,the buyer will need to replace these items.So the
guitar needs complete restoration in order to be playable, or it could be
salvaged for parts. Good project for the hobby luthier. There is no case
included with the guitar, but it will be packed securely for shipping. I have
made an effort to disclose every condition issue with this old guitar and I
guarantee it to be as described. However, it is offered for sale AS IS, so make
sure you want it before you offer.
Questions? Please ask as earlyin the listing as
possible. I will answer all inquiries, but can't guarantee an answer to your
question before the close of offerding if you wait until the very end of the
listing toemail your inquiry. Paymentvia paypal please. Shipping will be $40
within the US. NY state buyers pay 8% sales tax. LISTING IS FOR U.S. buyers ONLY, NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, NO EXCEPTIONS. Thanks for looking,and check
out my other sales for more vintage guitar stuff and kits for the hobby
On Aug-15-13 at 16:16:35 PDT, seller added the following information:
NOTE TO ALL buyers: I will be away from my computer at the time that
this sale closes, and until Monday the 19th. The high buyer will
hear from me on Monday afternoon when I will send an invoice and payment
instructions. If payment is made through paypal prior to Monday I will
contact the winning buyer to confirm receipt of payment and let the
winner know when the item will ship. Thanks!Steve Kovacik
Kovacik Guitars and Fretted Instrument Repair