1950s Gretsch Mahogany Soprano Ukulele




A customer sent this in for work alongside one of his gorgeous parlor guitars and it's actually one of the cleaner Gretsch ukes I've had the pleasure to work on -- usually they're quite cracked-up and worn-out. This one is also interesting in that the woods are a little thicker and the build is a little sturdier than latter-era (mid-'50s through '60s) Gretsch ukes and it has more in common with the "Gretsch American" ukes of the '30s and '40s. It's also a little louder and more projecting. I've dated it  conservatively to the '50s but it's probably more like a '40s instrument.

Work included: a bridge reglue (and minor relocation), fret level/dress, side dots install, new pearl face dots (as the old white clay ones were popping out), seam repairs, cleaning, and a good setup. It came with low-G strings and that's how it's tuned-up. The neck is straight, action is spot-on at 1/16" at the 12th fret, and it's got a clean bill of health and decent friction pegs

Specs are: 13 1/2" scale length, 1 3/8" nut width, 1 1/8" string spacing at the nut, 1 7/16" spacing at the bridge, 6 1/4" lower bout, 5" upper bout, and 2 1/4" side depth at the endblock.

Condition notes: replaced face dots and new side dots but otherwise original, slight "shadow" at front of bridge where bridge moved "south" on the face for intonation needs, finish and looks clean otherwise...

Materials are: solid mahogany body, neck, fretboard, and bridge, rosewood nut -- original plastic-buttoned friction pegs.











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