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Buc McMaster
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This is a beauty! Not Gibson but certainly a looker. A Gretsch Synchromatic 75 from the 1940s. Just wow! It's for sale at Jake's place, here if anyone is interested. I've made an offer, low I might add, and am considering upping my ante. But please feel free to step right up if it strikes your fancy......don't let me stop you! What a pick guard! And headstock! Really nice burst on it too........

 

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That's a funky guitar, but it sounds more like a second-tier archtop (L-48 or L-50) than either a good flat-top or a quality archtop. The lead line sounds ok, but the strummed background is a bit muddy.

 

Not sure how easy it would be to play with the string tension on that extra-long scale.

 

Looks cool, but probably more of a novelty player than an all-around guitar.

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That's a funky guitar.......

Yes it is. This is a guitar that appeals to me more for what it is than how it might sound. I think it would make a great open mic piece, rigged up lefty with that pick guard on the top. It's one of those cool stage guitars, to my thinking. Amplified with a pickup of some sort I'm sure a passable live tone could be dialed in. It's just so unusual......and pretty to boot!

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Yes it is. This is a guitar that appeals to me more for what it is than how it might sound. I think it would make a great open mic piece, rigged up lefty with that pick guard on the top. It's one of those cool stage guitars, to my thinking. Amplified with a pickup of some sort I'm sure a passable live tone could be dialed in. It's just so unusual......and pretty to boot!

 

For that application, it would be pretty neat, assuming the price is right.

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This is one you had better play before buying or make sure the store has a good return policy. I have never gotten a hold of one of these that I really fancied. Cool looking as all get out though. When it comes to Gretsch I much preferred the Folk Singer/Jimmie Rodgers model.

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If I go into it knowing it will sound more like an arch top than a flat top, then I like the guitar. The old expectations syndrome. Very cool looking as well. If I were in the market I consider it if could get it for a good price. I was able to pick up a 1945 Epiphone Triumph for around $1500 after buying a case, so that would be my benchmark. Hope you end up with it, Buc!

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I find it utterly fugly, starting with the pickguard and soundhole.

 

I kind of like those two features. I got this crazy looking Gretsch a few years back, and actually like it a lot. Same type of soundhole and pickguard, and then some...

 

http://www.gretschguitars.com/gear/build/acoustic/g5022cwfe-12-rancher-falcon-acoustic-electric-12-string-fishman-pickup-system-white

 

Lars

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