The ultimate go-to book for information about vintage Gretsch guitars of the 1950s, illustrated with over 120 exquisite images, this is an authoritative, extremely detailed review of both Gretsch guitar production and the individual guitar models that the company introduced during the decade. It will give the reader a comprehensive explanation of the various Gretsch serial numbering systems, an overview of classic Gretsch features from the 1950s, and complete specifications for 28 models produced within the decade. Also included are the evolution of features for each model in every model year of the 1950s, the total production estimates for most models, and the adjusted serial number to model year chronology. This highly detailed information is supported by compelling photography, and an extensive, batch-by-batch recreation of the Gretsch Brooklyn factory's lost production history. A user-friendly technical guide, this book offers a wealth of new data and is a must-have resource for vintage instrument dealers, guitar collectors, Gretsch enthusiasts, and fans of vintage guitars.
Edward Ball has been gathering data and researching vintage Gretsch guitars for nearly a decade. In 2010, he released his first book on the topic, entitled "Gretsch 6120: The History of a Legendary Guitar" (Schiffer Publishing).