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Gretsch attempted to recapture some it's former acoustic archtop glory with the G400. The guitar is a mashup of pre- and post-war features, but uses a pressed rather than carved solid spruce top. The guitar plays well and has an adequate sound, but does not come close to the tone or volume of 1940s and 1950s carved-top archtops from Gibson, Epiphone or even Gretsch. The top on these models is prone to splitting at the tip of the catseye sound hole. Sure looks cool and is fun to play.  


Body:  Hollow; solid 2-piece spruce top (pressed), laminated 2-piece flame maple back and sides; multi-bound top and back

Finish:  Brown Sunburst, polyurethane

Neck:  3-piece maple/rosewood/maple, set-in; multi-bound headstock overlay with pearloid logos

Fingerboard:  Ebony, multi-bound; pearloid split hump block markers

Number of Frets:  20

Pickguard:  Multi-bound tortoloid

Bridge:  Rosewood on Synchromatic stairstep rosewood base; Gretsch Chromatic tailpiece, gold

Nut:  Synthetic bone

Tuners:  Grover Imperial, sealed, gold

Pickups:  None

Controls:  None

Scale Length:  25 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 11/16 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  17 inches

Body Depth:  3 1/2 inches

Weight:  n/a

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