Fred Gretsch info?

Discussion in 'Gretsch "Roots" Acoustic Forum' started by montereyjack66, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish
    So, fate put this puppy in my hands. Looks a tad rough but actually plays and sounds nice. This is the only guitar I've seen with "Fred" attached to the Gretsch. Anybody know much about these? Year/era? I can see New York. An IMG_5135.jpg IMG_5134.jpg IMG_5134.jpg IMG_5131.jpg IMG_5137.jpg IMG_5137.jpg IMG_5138.jpg IMG_5141.jpg ything at all would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Is that meant to have steel strings on? Looks more like a classical guitar to me!
     
  3. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Age:
    56
    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    It should have nylon strings, as it is indeed a classical model. Can't make out the serial number, so I can't tell you how old, but these were introduced in the early 1960's.

    Here's a page from the 1961 Gretsch catalog:

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  4. KuKuKu

    KuKuKu Gretschie

    350
    Aug 28, 2016
    Germany
    Yeah, be careful with those steel strings. I ruined the tuners of my classical guitar with them as a teenager when had no money to buy a real western guitar. ;)
     
  5. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Age:
    63
    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    I did the same thing as a teenager. Except in my case, I didn’t damage the tuners, I ripped the bridge clean off.
     
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  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    53
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
  7. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    60
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    I would throw a set of nylon strings on it and bring out the real beauty of the instrument
     
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  8. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    That would explain the top belly and seam crack, nylon strings asap!
     
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  9. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I had a Hauser. Nice inexpensive classical guitar.
     
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  10. dak55

    dak55 Synchromatic

    908
    May 31, 2018
    Mills River NC
    Boy this post made me do a double-take until I scrolled up and see Gretsch "borrowed" the name. Early Hauser I's as played by Segovia bring 5 and 6 figures.
     
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  11. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish
    Guilty! Never change strings before coffee! Sounds good with steel too!
     
  12. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish
    Yeah. It came with four steels on it. My intention was to put nylons on, it will be made so.
     
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