Sunburst Gretsch Guitars

Andrew6128

Electromatic
Oct 20, 2019
81
Japan, Tokyo
It’s mostly a Gibson/Fender style guitar thing.

That, and Terada haven’t done a good
job doing sunburst finishes since the 90’s
imo.
 

hcsterg

Friend of Fred
Feb 13, 2012
6,562
France
I have only one Sunburst Gretsch, but it's an oddity :

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For me a Gretsch must be :
- Orange, Red or the like.
- Fancy Colors.
- Bicolor.

But it's me, OK ? 😁
 

Synchro

The artist formerly known as: Synchro
Staff member
Jun 2, 2008
25,830
Tucson
There’s sunburst, and then there’s sunburst. Some sunbursts, I love; especially ones like this.

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There are other sunbursts with much darker edges, and I don’t care for that sort of burst. This is merely a matter of aesthetic taste, and nothing more. In some cases, opaque finishes have been used to hide unattractive wood grain, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to a bad guitar.

With regard to Gretsch; sunburst doesn’t come readily to mind for Gretsch guitars from the mid ‘50s onward, with a handful of exceptions, but I’ve seen some stunningly beautiful sunburst Gretsch. A friend owns a sunburst Super Chet, which is a bit of a rarity.
 

Outlaw

Country Gent
Jul 13, 2011
1,306
UK
I too was never a fan of guitars with a sunburst finish......
Until I saw this beautiful 1968 Gretsch 6118 Anniversary.
This was on ebay but unfortunately I couldn't raise the funds to buy it.
But I wish I could have! Screenshot_2022-05-14_172131_edit_1844054865875385.jpg
 

Scott Fraser

Country Gent
Jan 14, 2012
1,620
Los Angeles
I love sunbursts. I have a sunburst G3700, G3900, & 5120. If they made it I'd have gotten a burst 5420 instead of black. There are also a lot of burst Epiphones on the premises here, along with several of my second fave, all blonde.
 


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