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Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Jukebox, Nov 2, 2008.
In '63 Gretsch did make a Annie in 2-tone tan.l
I see it as 38700, probably a 1960.
Yeah, the picture shows the 38700 pretty clearly, but there sure looks like there could have been a 7 in front. So hard to tell from the pic; you'll have a better idea once you get her in your possession. Still, whether it's a 1960, or a 1964 you got a steal. Seriously, the guitar looks pretty unmolested; no weird routes to contend with, etc... you could easily convert that to a 6120-ish guitar and be a happy, happy man.
Annies: 1 or 2 pu versions, available in sunburst or 2-tone green. From '58 to '60 they had filters, then changed to Hilo's. Body depth didn't change (I don't think). Had fancier stuff (G-cut tailpiece, space control bridge, nickel plated tuners).
Clippers: Only 1 pu version, but from '56 to '58 they had a sunburst and 2-tone finish option as well. During this same period they had a Dyna pu, that changed to a Hilo in '59. That's also when the body was thinned to 2", AND when the cheap features were added (trapeze tailpiece, rosewood bridge, white button tuners). These were actually non-cutaway until '57 when the single-cutaway was introduced.
Annies are more desirable (apparently), at least the dual pu versions. The '58 and '59 examples also have trestle bracing. But the '57/58 Clippers (single cutaway) "deep body" examples were equally as cool IMHO. Especially the 2-tone, which was an Ivory top with a metallic gray back/sides... more tasteful than the green combo on the Annie. I guess it comes down to... are you a Dyna guy, or a Filtertron guy? The post '59 Clippers were the entry level Gretsch electric archtop. But they sold a crap-load of them!