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    I'm trying to find info on vintage Gretsch ukes. Does anyone know what the difference is between the ukes with the back of headstock stamp
    "Gretsch" and Gretsch American" ? Thanks in advance.

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    Gretsch introduced a line of 4 archtop guitars labeled as "Gretsch-American" in 1933. That's all I could find in my reference books.

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    Come on , someone must know the difference.

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    Here is some more info:

    http://www.ukulele.org/?Vintage_Ukul...%3BA%0AArchive

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    Greetings,I recently purchased this Gretsch Ukulele from an antique store. It's in very good shape and I am enjoying playing it. I have found a little about Gretsh on the internet but, was hoping you might be able to shed some more light. I am curious as to when this uke may have been made and what kind of wood it is made from? Gretsch American is stamped on the back of the head stock and inside of the body as you can see through the sound hole. Thank you for your time and expertise!

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    You have a nice looking Gretsch American soprano ukulele. I don't know the exact history of the "Gretsch American" logo, but from the instruments that I have seen with the logo I would estimate that it was used in the 1920's and 1930's. I would guess that the vast majority (if not all) were made between 1925 - 1935. I feel that these older Gretsch ukuleles are far superior to the more common gold-logo Gretsch ukuleles of the 1950s. They are very well built and rival the instruments of other top ukulele makers including Martin, Gibson, and Favilla. From your photos I would say that your ukulele is mahogany, but I'd need to see larger photos to be sure.

    Hope this helps...!!!

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    Thank You whendogsSing , my uke looks pretty old , I'm guessing 30's? . Fret markers at 5 ,7 ,10, double at 7 and they are about 1/8 inch dia. It has wbw binding? or Purfling on the top.
    You cant see the binding from the side it is only on the top so thats why I'm not sure if I should call it binding or purfling, its very narrow. I just looked again and there is a binding of a darker wood
    its hard to see . The back looks Hawaaian style , it has that little piece that goes over the heel of the neck. It appears to be the original back.
    Does anyone know what I have here ? The headstock has " Gretsch " stamped on the back.
    Last edited by Pukulele Pete; 01-06-2015 at 11:59 PM. Reason: Old Age

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    Come on , someone must know . I'm going to take some pics and
    send them to FFM to the Collectors Uke Yak , maybe I will have some luck there .

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    Consider sending an inquiry directly to Gretsch. They may surprise with a complete pedigree.
    ...SteveZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveZ View Post
    Consider sending an inquiry directly to Gretsch. They may surprise with a complete pedigree.
    I just did that this morning . They say they will be back to me in 24 hours . If I get any good info I'll post it here .

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    Shoot an email to Jake Wildwood of Antebellum Instruments. He worked on this one recently:
    http://antebelluminstruments.blogspo...rd-39-koa.html
    and said of the "Gretsch American" stamp:
    "... the "Gretsch American" brand which was included on their in-house better-quality instruments."

    Hope this helps. Very interested to hear whatever you can find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveZ View Post
    Consider sending an inquiry directly to Gretsch. They may surprise with a complete pedigree.
    Gretsch got back to me and they can only provide info back to 2003 . WTF? The part I'm most curious about is the back which has that little piece that covers the heel of the neck.
    From what I've read , the back part covering the heel of the neck means it was made in Hawaii .
    Last edited by Pukulele Pete; 01-07-2015 at 12:46 AM. Reason: wont tell

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