To my recollection over my life I've had: -3x Gretsch (circa 1939, late 40s and 1954) -Harmony Cremona (high end 1950s) -Silvertone All gone and not missed save my brother still has his Gretsch Corsair (early 50s). To me they were all staccato and lacked low end. Some people like them, I just sold the last Gretsch I had about 6 months ago (late 40s Synchromatic, looked like the George Michael one). I had to have the neck reset on that to be able to get £1000 out of it. Fortunately here that's a £200 job if you know where to look. It actually sounded almost good--the buyer was delighted. Pre war some Gretsch archtops are solid spruce topped. Mine may well have been but I didn't think of those things at the time I sold it. There are often 2-3 archtops of the Kay, Harmony and Silvertone variety of Skopgoodwil. But search by brand not the word "archtop". Here is the pre war Synchro. I stupidly used to actually use eBay only for auctions and this one with original case but needing neck set went for $750. Tortoise binding too which doesn't rot.