"The goal of Retrograde Guitars is to explore the potential of the electric laminate top guitar, and to create a unique instrument with a clear and open voice. The design draws from the early jazz boxes of the 30s & 40s and the catalog guitars of the 50s & 60s. By using vacuum press technology, hand-carved necks, hand-rubbed colors and home-brewed varnishes, I combined modern building methods with old-world lutherie." - Glenn Nichols

One of the things we love most about Glenn Nichols - founder/builder @ Retrograde Guitars, former finish department foreman at Santa Cruz guitars, French Polish restorer for renowned classical guitar maker Kenny Hill, and current Bill Tippin employee Bill's only employee) - is that he's never content to rest on his laurels. Like an artist, inventory and/or songwriter, Glenn is always looking ahead, always focused on the next project, the next idea to explore. His most recent exploration has resulted in this incredible cool, stunningly beautiful, model called the Rosedale. From Glenn...

"The new Rosedale model introduces a more acoustic element to the Retrograde line. After extensive experimentation with the lamination process, I feel confident in controlling the tap tone of the vacuum pressed plates. Mahogany, spruce, and maple are used in different pairings throughout the construction to create a clear and woody tone. Hand carved German spruce bracing, a traditional dovetail neck joint, and classical inspired sound ports all add to the overall acoustic resonance of the guitar. Visually, the design draws from the 30s & 40s archtops which were used in early country blues and jazz. Aptly named The Rosedale, it stands at the crossroads of acoustic and electric guitar." 

Please take a moment to watch the masterful Duke Levine playing Rosedale #20 through our trusty Victoria Club Deluxe. It's incredibly inspiring (on many levels) and does a fantastic job of demonstrating what this beautiful new model from Glenn/Retrograde is all about (anybody have David Rawlings number?). Priced with hardshell case. 


    • Top - 5-ply laminate, mahogany/maple/mahogany/maple/spruce outer
    • Bracing - German Spruce
    • Back - 5-ply Maple laminate w/mahogany inner/flame maple outer 
    • Sides - Maple/Mahogany laminate
    • Neck - Mahogany
    • Fingerboard - Granadillo
    • Headstock - Boat Paddle, Madagascar Rosewood
    • Backstrap - Madagascar Rosewood
    • Scale Length - 24.9"
    • Nut Width - 1 11/16"
    • Neck Joint - Dovetail
    • Frets - Medium 
    • Binding - Single Ivoroid
    • Inlay - Pearl Retrograde logo 
    • Fingerboard - Pearl dots
    • Side dots - Pearl
    • Pickup - Lollar Johnny Smith 
    • Volume, Tone, Schatten thumbwheels under pickguard
    • Tuners - Gotoh Relic Kluson style 
    • Bridge - Handmade adjustable, Blackwood w/Roasted Birdseye Maple saddle w/pearl dots
    • Tailpiece - Relic gold trapeze 
    • Nut - Unbleached Bone
    • Strap Buttons - Waverly tortoise 
    • Hand rubbed antiqued varnish finish (body)
    • French Polish finish (neck & overlay)
    • Custom Color - Vintage, hand-rubbed sunburst
    • SN: 23
    • Hardshell Humicase
    • D'Addario .012 gauge strings

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