1954 Gretsch 6022 Rancher


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1954 Gretsch 6022 Rancher

Here we have a first year Gretsch Rancher featuring a deep red “western” finish complete with cows & cactus finger board inlays, G brand, and a steers headstock. It has a 25.5″ full C shape scale length neck with a roomy 45mm nut and the body is 17″ at its widest and 4 1/4 ” deep with maple back and sides with a wide grained spruce top.  I can’t read the serial # as its all but faded away, but it has the earlier label which puts it in the first 100 guitars produced of only perhaps 450 total throughout the 1950’s. Like most old acoustic guitars this one has had a bit of work from its years on the road and has 3 expertly pieced in holes to the spruce top from maybe a past pick up install experiment, and some smaller filled screw holes from a past double guard experiment which must have looked splendid. Non of this detracts from the overall impression of the guitar or in any way detracts from it. The adjustable arch top style bridge also has a piezo pickup installed making for a very useable instrument. Contrary to what you may have read this is a very good sounding guitar, the 17 inch body lends to a deep bass response which is tamed by the maple back and sides giving a nice balanced deep tone without the boom that can afflict a big acoustic guitar. The highs are there too, which are not brittle or snappy which you would expect from an arch top bridge style acoustic. I would imagine this guitar would record well and undoubtedly make for an awesome stage guitar. Included in the gallery photos are some serving suggestions!

Comes with its original tweed case

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