This beautiful thing is my 1953 6042 400F Synchromatic. It is basically the flattop version of the 400 Synchromatic archtop. Jim Danz at Island Guitars in Honolulu tracked this one down for me back in August, '85 when I was stationed in Hawaii. It belonged to an old Local who played Luaus with it. He called it his "Chunka-Chunka Guitar". The guitar is on page 28 of Jay Scott's Gretsch book. It actually has a cool, full-bodied midrange sound, rather than being a "boomy, bassy monster" as Jay described it. The pickguard was gone when I got it, so I made one originally out of tortoise shell laminate pickguard material. Also, the soundhole binding was rotted partly and missing a big chunk, so I removed it and rebound it with whatever I could find back then. I still have the original section of the binding and will eventually rebind it properly. Also, the pickguard it now sports was made by me to replace the ersatz one I did in Hawaii. It is proper nitrocellulose that I cut out and bound with StewMac banding strips. The original case is brown-colored with a deteriorated part on the lid where the original nc pickguard off-gassed. It has the large "G" inside the lid, as well as the "Gretsch" ribbon banner. I also had to replace the Grover's stairstep buttons with '50s period ones, as the originals had been filed down for some reason. The originals were probably the fancier grooved, notched stairsteps, but the vintage replacements look quite nice.