Gretsch SSB snare find.

DrumR69

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I went to a flee market today and found this under a bunch of junk hiding. Asked him how much he wanted for it and said $5. So I grabbed it of course. Needs some TLC but I think it will clean up well. I believe it might be a 4155. Any info would be helpful.
Top rim and part of strainer missing.
Muffler looks bent but other than that should clean up nicely. Worth fixing?
Haven’t really been able to check it out closely but will. Pictures are how I got it and taken when I put it in my truck.
Any info and help appreciated.

Wayne
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Worth fixing! ;) I have one of these, use it mostly on my Gretsch bop set, they’re great drums. Great score buddy.
 

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If I’m not mistaken, it just needs a clean up.
 

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A very fortunate find at an envy-inducing price.
I used to find stuff like that in the late 70s but not anymore!
Classic vintage drums for cheap. Evidently they're still out there.
Clean, polish, repair and find the correct missing parts.

Take your time and restore it the right way.
Congratulations!
 

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I know I always look deep but never find anything either so don’t give up.
Now I just have to find some parts. Anyone know the best place to find vintage Gretsch parts?
Of course the bay and reverb I know of. I will be checking the snare out closer today and see what is needed.
Thanks

Wayne
 

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You can fix it (YES worth it!) or just sell as is for way more than you paid! Slap any rim and a head on it and post it with pics of the issues/flaws.......sometimes it's better to let someone else do the grunt work. Depends on your end game, skills, desire to fix, etc........
 

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My 1977 Gretsch catalog strongly suggests that shell is a 4153W (the orange and white sticker on the inner shell should confirm that).
Most of the demand for Gretsch professional snare drums during the SSB period were for the 4160 through 4167 series which were the COB snare drums.........so your find is even more rare.........you got a gem for little money.
I agree with the previous post -- disassemble, clean, lubricate, and replace damaged or missing parts.
Take your time and do it right the first time.
I have owned three Gretsch 4000 series snare drums and all of them were/are excellent.
 

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5-10 hours of soaking and cleaning and it should look great. Not sure on the price of the correct Gretsch rim, rods, and strainer.....but probably in the $100 or so range to complete. Even if you do have to sell it, first step is to clean it up to former glory to make it attractive. Aftermarket parts to complete might only be $50. Probably will come out great. Bearing edges and shell good all around?
 

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Great find! All you need is the gretsch die-cast top hoop, t-rods, and the right head. Otherwise a judicious cleaning and polishing of the surface gunk oughta get you in playable shape! From the pictures the top bearing edge looks good to go! Snare mechanisms all appear present and waiting resto.
 

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Thanks everyone for the replies.
I cleaned it up and repaired a spot on the top edge that had some damage with the plies. Cleaned up real nice and now I am on the hunt for a top hoop. I had this hoop for now and an Ambassador. I also had the rods.
What head suggestions?
The strainer is the biggest concern.
Knob and fishtail piece are missing and the lightning strainer 2 screws are rusted and can’t loosen them to attach wires. I have a 20 strand that was attached but not sure if that is original.
Does anyone know what should be on there?
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O man whats your address and when do you leave for work! Looks like a couple "fishtail" parts away from being done..
What a transformation
Looks like Curly Antique or may just be the way it faded or..Someone pin down that color.
 

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Thanks for the link JDA
Yes there’s not much fade but would like to know color.
Thought it was Walnut.
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Thought it was Walnut.
Could be/have faded/perfectly or..
Get a Good Pic of the Label inside or look for initials Color Code on it
WW would be walnut- Look on Tag
reminds hits me as Antique Maple (AM) But I've no Idea and It's irrelevant at this time

the 77 catalog (Arkansas built drums) (pretty much) Has the best Color Chart on the back covers. Watch: this is a Zip. files. May explode on You ; )


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