For Sale 1953 Gretsch Electro II

Discussion in 'Buy, Sell or Trade Negotiations' started by thejumpcat, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. thejumpcat

    thejumpcat Newbie

    Oct 31, 2018
    Brighton, Michigan
    Lots more photos here:


    Made in Brooklyn, NY, this was Gretsch’s top-of-the-line model in the 1950s. The company’s first cutaway model, it was created to directly compete (and quite successfully) with Gibson’s L-5CES. The 1953 Electro II Synchromatic was available in sunburst (6192) and blonde (6193) and became the Country Club model the following year, 1954. Features include:

    17” wide, parallel braced, laminated spruce top

    3 3/8” body depth

    Nut width 1 11/16

    Full 25 ½” scale

    21 frets

    Simulated alligator hardshell case with the raised "G" on the inside lid

    Figured maple back and sides

    Bound body (top and back), fingerboard, F-holes and headstock

    C-profile maple neck with Brazilian rosewood fretboard (newly refretted)

    Pearloid block inlays beginning at third fret

    Vintage mother-of-pearl inlaid Gretsch and Synchromatic script headstock logos

    Volume for each pickup and a master tone; master volume on the cutaway bout

    Square truss rod, adjustable at end of neck by removing the neck pickup

    Gold-plated DeArmond Dynasonic single-coil pickups

    Open-back Grover Sta-Tite tuners

    Dime-size clear plastic knobs

    Stairstep bridge (but a replacement Melita is on there now for finer tuning)

    Repro tortoise guard (the originals disintegrate)

    This guitar needs nothing; it’s ready to gig with right now. The wiring and binding was replaced, but you wouldn’t know if I didn’t point it out – it was expertly done. This axe looks, sounds and plays exactly like a fine vintage guitar should!

    I first saw and heard one of these in action around 1990 when The Mighty Flyers played Rick’s American Café and guitarist Alex Schultz was ripping jump blues on one. That’s him holding the Tele and standing next to the late great Danny Gatton, who is holding an Electro II. In the photo of the Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison has a blonde Electro II. I could only find three others for sale on Reverb (that last photo). Yup, these guitars are rare and badass. Ain’t nothing like the sound of those Dynasonic pickups.

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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Nice guitar. I had the single pickup version from the same time frame.

    Welcome to Gretsch-Talk!
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Welcome . Best with the sale
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  4. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Saw your post over on the GDP,That is one gorgeous geet!:cool:
    All the best with it jump.
  5. thejumpcat

    thejumpcat Newbie

    Oct 31, 2018
    Brighton, Michigan
    Feel free to make a reasonable offer. This is an awesome guitar, but I've got an old Silvertone with a nearly identical body shape, so no need for both.
  6. Ati EDGE

    Ati EDGE Electromatic

    May 23, 2013
    Budapest, Hungary
    I wish the lower bout was 16" wide..... :(
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