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Re: Gretch Upright Bass

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Posted by Tim on September 03, 2002 at 08:14:14:

In Reply to: Gretch Upright Bass posted by Mark on September 02, 2002 at 18:12:50:

I knew a guy who played in my orchestra with a Gretch plywood bass he got at a garage sale for $35. It looked just like a Kay and by inspecting the outside myself and many others familiar with Kays would have sworn it was a Kay, but the label said Gretch. Funny thing, that.

: Has anyone heard of a Gretch Upright Bass? I reciently purchased a very old plywood bass with a tag inside that says "Genuine Gretch" And a 4 digit serial number. The Tag is handwritten. It may have had the neck replaced, but it does have the wooden tuning pegs protruding from the headstock. The repair shop I bought it from said they believe it is from around the 1910's, but they can't be sure.

: I've looked on the internet for them, but I only find gretch making banjo's, tamborines and mandolines and the like, up untill the 1920's or so.

: Is it perhaps related to the Guitar maker Gretch, or it may be a different family name or a county or city name?

: Either way it sounds great, but needs alot of work in the refinishing department.

: Any info is apprecitated.

: thanks,

: Mark

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