Good Evening Gents, so as you can see it's been 4 months. I found a local gentleman who just happens to specialize in Gretsch restorations. I didn't believe him as that is such a random thing for most people running a business so I went over to his home (his shop) and he showed me some of the Gretsches he had finished and I was astonished. I left my beloved Gretsch with him that evening. I said, "Before I leave the guitar, I need to tell you the story behind it. Just so you know what this guitar actually is." I told him the story and he said he understood 100%. A couple weeks ago I got a call saying it's ready and I have to say, I'm 100% shocked. I asked him to refret it, and redo the binding. He did all that and so much more. He used 60 year old binding (NOS) which has to be laid by hand (can't be cut with a power tool or dremel) he replaced all the small accents that had cracks in them. with vintage pieces he found online, and refinished the guitar using NOS paint. I told him my budget and he gave me a $6,000 restoration. I was pissed because I thought I was on the hook and he said, "I just wanted to make sure that it would last another 50 years, and if I was just going to rebind it and refret it, I don't think it would have." and he didn't budge at all on the cost. So he had to have taken a loss on the project. Everything is so solid, this must feel exactly what it felt like in 1967. She sounds AMAZING, he replaced all the old wires with new wires, but didn't change any of the electronics on it (same caps, pups etc.) That being said I thought I'd share some finished pictures!