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FACTOIDS AND TRIVIA

Gretsch attempted to go head to head with Gibson and Epiphone in the acoustic archtop market in the '30s and '40s. Gretsch failed even with endorsements from famous jazz artists such as Harry Volpe and Django Rheinhardt. Gretsch guitars from the 1930s through the late 1940s did not have truss rods and no musician wanted a guitar with a neck that could not be adjusted. The war also hurt any momentum that may have been gained by the "Gretsch 7 Points of Supremacy" advertising campaign. In response to poor sales, Gretsch dropped all, but four, of its acoustic archtops in the early 1950s. Hence, Gretsch acoustic archtops of any kind are considered rare or uncommon. Of the four remaining models, only the top of the line Fleetwood/Eldorado was constructed of solid wood. The Corsair was in the Gretsch lineup from 1955 to 1959 as a non-cutaway model and from 1960 to 1969 as a cutaway model. Gretsch guitars were not as highly regarded in terms of craftsmanship as the aforementioned manufacturers. Many of the craftsmen in the New York City area were of Italian and Hungarian descent and worked at Gretsch, Epiphone and Guild. It's not likely that these craftsmen were solely responsible for Gretsch's alleged reputation of poorer quality than its competitors. More likely it came from the designs and materials (glues & resins) that were not as good as they could have been. Despite some of the shortcomings, very few guitars can match the comfort and playability of a Gretsch.

GRETSCH 6040 CORSAIR (1957)


 

 Body:  Hollow; laminated pressed spruce top, laminated maple back and sides; single bound top and back

 Finish:  Sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer

 Neck:  3-piece flame maple/rosewood, set-in; single bound mahogany headstock overlay with pearloid logo

 Fingerboard:  Brazilian rosewood, single bound; pearloid "hump block"  markers

 Number of Frets:  21

 Pickguard:  Gold-backed Lucite

 Bridge:  Rosewood on rosewood base; chrome Gretsch tailpiece

 Nut:  Plastic

 Tuners:  Waverly, open back, nickel with plastic buttons

 Pickups:  None

 Controls:  None

 Scale Length:  25 1/2 inches

 Neck Width at Nut:  1 11/16 inches

 Body Width at Lower Bout:  16 inches

 Body Depth:  3 3/8 inches

 Weight:  n/a





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