Gretsch Mary Ford model

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Tele295, Mar 26, 2020 at 1:47 PM.

  1. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    I’ve been reading The Les Paul Legacy, by Robb Lawrence, and it refers to the fact that, after Les Paul and Mary Ford split up, Mary had been working with Gretsch on a Mary Ford model guitar. The book references the fact that she had a white 3 pickup SG and a white Penguin. I have not been able to find a picture of Mary with a Gretsch yet.

    Further internet searches discuss the Mary Ford model development:

    In the absence of a current Princess offering, I would love to find a white Corvette or maybe even a Club Jr to trick out with gold hardware and pickguard for my wife. She is a huge Mary Ford fan. Knowing her, the pickguard might have to say “Gretsch Queen” rather than “Princess.” I don’t know if she’d use a Bigsby.

    Any thoughts or comments?
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  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    As a log time player of vintage Corvettes (sadly no vintage Corvette owner at this point of time) I applaud your idea.
    There are still some vintage Corvettes out there that you can buy for a song. If they are really rocked you may consider a refin to your wife`s liking.
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  3. afire

    afire Country Gent

    I've never heard about any connection between Gretsch and Mary Ford. Interesting.
    Yep, and since it's being refinished anyway, that will hide all manner of issues.
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  4. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    Me either, Johnny.
  5. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    I just learned about it today, and I’ve been a huge Les Paul fan since I was a kid
  6. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    That’s a new one on me, but I like the idea. A White Penguin seems to fit, for some reason.

    Les Paul was astounding. He was an excellent player and innovator. Mary Ford was also remarkably talented and, by many accounts, played exceptionally well.
  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    My kids live in the same town that Les did , Mahwah , N.J. About a 15 minute drive for me . Les also played in N.Y. City ( I believe every Monday night ) at the Iridium , about a 40 minute ride from me . ....... yes , ya think I would have seen him play before he passed away ??
  8. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Don't feel bad, Thunder. I lived in Washington DC for years and had a million chances to see Danny Gatton, but for some weird reason (stupid, stupid, stupid) only did so once.

    And yeah, I've never seen Mary with anything but a Gibson, usually the white SG.
  9. RG7X

    RG7X Gretschie

    Nov 11, 2018
    Los Angeles
    That could be pretty cool. Mary Ford was a great guitarist. Definitely shadowed by playing with Les Paul.

  10. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    That was pretty impressive. I wouldn’t exactly mind having one of those Les Pauls with soapbars.
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