For a person that is not crazy about sunburst finishes, I have been on a roll lately. I saw this and was IMMEDIATELY drawn to it. Although I swore I probably would never buy another jumbo sized guitar, turns out, I like this one. The body is very voluptuous, the neck is rather comfy, and it's a vintage Gretsch. So with little to go on before my purchase, I really couldn't find the info I needed to be knowledgeable. So I jumped in at a fair price, even though the added shipping was very high. In the mean time, I contacted the one person I thought could help me. Ed, aka Wayne Gretschzky. Through his own research, he determined this is a Pre-War guitar, with the slight possibility it could be as late as war-time. So with that, the fact it was advertised as 1939, I'll just round it off to a nice even 1940. I will also just simply call it a Gretsch Student, as it seems to be along those lines and no real model info seems to be out there, no doubt because it must have been a real bargain for those that bought them. One of the reasons these are hard to date, is there is no info on the guitar itself. No serial number, no label, no writing that I have found inside. Ed, also confirmed my suspicions of it being a lower end model, to me it looks similar to a Model 40 (that sold for $40 originally), but obviously is not that model....in fact it on comparison, it is quite apparent the Model 40 is head and shoulders above this model I have here. These also seem to be VERY similar to other brands of the era that I have run across, but none bearing the Gretsch "style" headstock. So lets start with what I received. It appears to be spruce top, and maple sides, that may or may not be laminates. The tuning pegs seem to be very much those you'd find of that era, open gear design, with plastic knobs. There are no bushings for the tuning post on the front of the headstock. The logo is silk-screened on. The fretboard and bridge appear to be rosewood, the strap pin in the bottom is plastic, it is tight in there so I assume it to be original. The neck is bound, no side markers though, and the sound hole, front and back are also bound. That to me seems a little unusual for what was basically a cheap guitar for back then. The finish is probably typical lacquer, as it seems to flake off and have aged and checked like old lacquer does.