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MessageSujet: Gretsch Electromatic Lap Steel ...   Jeu 15 Nov 2012 - 8:01

 GRETSCH LAP STEEL GUITAR

The Supro brand began in 1935 as a line of guitars being made by National-Dobro,
the famous line of resonator guitars and electric slides.
The Supro brand followed its brother lines as the mother company Valco was born in 1936
as part of a move from California to Chicago.
Valco's name was an amalgam of Valco's primary owners first names
(Victor Smith, Al Frost, and Louis Dopyera),
and with the move saw a shift from acoustic instruments to amplifiers and electric instruments.

It was a company that was on the cutting edge,
and its innovations of this time include the first archtop with no soundhole for fighting feedback,
and first 2-pickup electric guitar, a 6-coil pickup,
and some of the most deluxe double and triple neck slide guitars ever produced.
They embraced a very ornate, Art Deco and early Moderne look to many of their guitars,
with beautiful ornate Egyptian influenced motifs for position markers
and spare two tone streamline body designs that recall the designs of concept cars of the day.
They were truly on the cusp of culture and taste through the 1940s.

By the late '50s and early '60s, Valco had grown to be an enormous manufacturer,
and had several brands it was making and marketing itself, such as National and Supro,
as well as a ton of others being distributed under other brands like Airline (Montgomery Wards),
Oahu, Silvertone (Sears), Custom Kraft, Gretsch and many others.
Many models were almost identical under different brands, often with a different logo,
pickup configuration, or sometimes a different finish.
Without a doubt they saved their high end models for the National and Supro brands.

source: http://dwyers.id.au/ant/guitars/gone/supro54.htm

With the exception of the Electromatic Hawaiian model & rex model,
all Gretsch steel guitars were made by Valco.


Models offered included:

-Electromatic Hawaiian
-Electromatic Student 6150
-Electromatic  6158 twin neck
-Electromatic standard 6156
-Rex royal
-Electromatic Jet Mainliner 6147
-Electromatic Jet Airliner 6145


-Electromatic spanish guitar "hors série"


1936 Gretsch 7-String Artist Sunburst Lap Steel Guitar



Gretsch steel guitars were manufactured from 1940 to 1963.

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That lap steel is a Gretsch Electromatic Hawaiian model produced ca.1940-43.
It was arguably the company's first electric instrument and the only lap steel that was actually produced by Gretsch. All of the other Gretsch models were made by Valco.
Richard Shatz





Catalogue 1939






Catalogue 1948




Catalogue 1955





Catalogue 1959

1938 Gretsch Artist 7 String Lap Steel







Gretsch Electromatic Hawaiian model produced ca.1939









Gretsch Electromatic Hawaiian model produced ca.1940-43















Gretsch Electromatic Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar 1940
Sérial 0621 / 84 60 773.





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Gretsch electromatic spanish guitar
http://gretsch.forumactif.com/t841-40-s-gretsch-electromatic-epoque-lap-steel


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Ampli gretsch electromatic 30'40':
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-Gretsch Rex Royal Lap Steel Guitar 1940's






40'S/50'S LAP STEEL GRETSCH MADE REX ELECTRIC BRAND GUITAR






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1949 Gretsch 6156 lap steel standard









Gretsch Electromatic Lap Steel 1950 standard
Single pickup, volume and tone knobs









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1950'S GRETSCH ELECTROMATIC MODEL 6158 TWIN NECK LAP STEEL GUITAR





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1953 Gretsch Electromatic Steel Jet Mainliner 6147

Serial # X40803. Built by Valco for Gretsch,
the Electromatic steel features a pearloid-covered symmetrical body,
back-painted plastic fingerboard, and a robust metal control plate.

The DeArmond pickup and control knobs scream 1950’s harmony,
and the plugged in tone has that fat, clean, and chimey classic DeArmond tone.
It’s a sweeter sound than the National / Supro steels that abound, and so much more unique.










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1948 Electromatic 6150 Gretsch Pearloid Lap Steel " Student"







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1955 Gretsch Electromatic "Jet Airliner"6145






1963 Electromatic Mainliner





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Photo de famille de "chet 57" (de gretsch pages)
Aloha Kahunas!

I just thought I'd share this family photo.

Bronson lap steel and amp set - circa 1950s

Oahu "Melody Master" amp circa 1940

Gibson Kalamazoo Electric Hawaiian amp circa 1939

Gretsch Electromatic lap steel  Jet Mainliner 6147- circa 1950s

Cheers! 57 Chet


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New gretsch lap steel

Gretsch Electromatic  Lap Steel G5700




Gretsch Electromatic  Lap Steel G5715








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MessageSujet: Re: Gretsch Electromatic Lap Steel ...   Jeu 2 Jan 2014 - 10:43

mister M a écrit:


cerlle ci a beau être de 1948 elle est "art déco" 1930!!
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MessageSujet: Re: Gretsch Electromatic Lap Steel ...   Dim 5 Jan 2014 - 12:03

En voila une de 1950 "Gretsch Mainliner lapsteel", remis à neuf en bleu  Cool 
pour aller avec la collection de gretsch bleu de Edward Ball.

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MessageSujet: Re: Gretsch Electromatic Lap Steel ...   Dim 5 Jan 2014 - 14:47

superbe "blue collection"!!! (la jet est trop belle...)
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MessageSujet: Re: Gretsch Electromatic Lap Steel ...   Lun 23 Juin 2014 - 22:03

(serial # X 59199) Gretsch "Jet Twin" Electromatic .









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MessageSujet: Re: Gretsch Electromatic Lap Steel ...   Mar 24 Juin 2014 - 7:30

je ne sais pas si gretsch en faisait des "triples" comme ici fender!
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MessageSujet: Re: Gretsch Electromatic Lap Steel ...   Mar 24 Juin 2014 - 8:33

On doit saluer l'infatigable créativité des stylistes de Gretsch.
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MessageSujet: Re: Gretsch Electromatic Lap Steel ...   Mar 24 Juin 2014 - 8:36

Ce modèle Twin serait daté de 1963,
mais "Edward Ball" dit que les boutons avec la flèche sont plutot de 55 /56
donc peut etre pas les bon boutons ou un num de série bizarre...
La photo du catalogue et de 1955.
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MessageSujet: Re: Gretsch Electromatic Lap Steel ...   Mar 24 Juin 2014 - 15:51

Apres quelques recherches :
" ED Ball " a donc trouvé que les Lapsteels ont eu un numéro de série identique au valco ....
Ce qui la place en 1956 Banco...

http://vintageguitarpro.com/serialvalco

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