Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her white? Gretsch

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by fsdphcorrigan, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. fsdphcorrigan

    fsdphcorrigan Electromatic

    Aug 30, 2019
    Lake Oswego, Oregon
    Anyone know what model she's playing?

  2. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA
    I'm not sure, but since it is B&W TV/film, she may be playing a color other than white. White tended to flash/wash out on TV cameras of the time, which is why we have TV yellow--which was used because it looked white on TV.

    She may be playing a bamboo color double anniversary? Or some such?
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  3. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Synchromatic

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    Looks like an anni to me
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  4. afire

    afire Country Gent

    It's a '59 (FilterTrons with sculpted bezels) 6118 Double Anniversary in two-tone green. It's definitely two-tone, and I don't believe the ivory/copper ones were around until the '60s.
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  5. fsdphcorrigan

    fsdphcorrigan Electromatic

    Aug 30, 2019
    Lake Oswego, Oregon
    So, how do I edit the title of this thread?
  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    You should be able to see a "Thread Tools" button on the right side of your original post. That will let you edit the thread title.
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  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    I'm thinking that also . Look at the video and still photo . As she turns it appears to be two tone color
  9. The Box

    The Box Gretschie

    Feb 9, 2020
    She was one of the greatest players and singers of all time. I once wrote an article about her life in a local magazine. I love her style. she is truly the godmother of rock and roll music!
  10. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Yes she is and Maybelle Carter too. We all now rock'n'roll has two godmother, a black one and a white one.
  11. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Well you should not.
    It was a nice surprise to me to discover that her white Gretsch is a two tone green one and I wish it could happen to others :)
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  12. That was a great clip! Thank is for sharing!
  13. fsdphcorrigan

    fsdphcorrigan Electromatic

    Aug 30, 2019
    Lake Oswego, Oregon
  14. fsdphcorrigan

    fsdphcorrigan Electromatic

    Aug 30, 2019
    Lake Oswego, Oregon
    I did edit it, twice, but I think my second edit addresses your concern. Thanks.
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  15. ToneM1

    ToneM1 Gretschie

    Mar 10, 2009
    Northern L.A. County
    I loved the one where they tried to make the decomissoned train station/platform look like an old southern train station.. She sure ripped it up though! I think she used an SG Custom on that one..with a tiny Gibson amp (prolly a GA-5) cranked!
    I think I read somewhere that she had been married like 4 times.. I bet she was wild..!
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  16. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    I love this lady's style- the way she says more with a handful of notes than some do when they play 200 notes in ten seconds.:)
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  17. JT19

    JT19 Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Happened to me! Any mention of a white Gretsch catches my attention (go figure)... and I discovered two nice surprises as a result. One is the actual color of the guitar, but the better one was being introduced to some great music I was unfamiliar with! Thanks!
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  18. BohemianLikeMe

    BohemianLikeMe Gretschie

    Apr 18, 2020
    Prague, CZ
    Heh, I posted that exact same video a month or so in the Gretsch on TV thread. She kills it-- Sister Rosetta is one of my favorite guitar players ever. It's a shame that most of her recorded output isn't nearly so wild-- I keep hoping someone will turn up some good audio recordings of her 1950s-60s period.
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