"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 this very guitar 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, maple/mahogany/maple/mahogany/spruce
    • Bracing - German Spruce
    • Back - 5-ply Maple laminate w/mahogany inner
    • 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
    • Purfles -Top and Back
    • Inlay - Pearl Retrograde logo
    • Fingerboard - Pearl dots
    • Side dots - White
    • Pickup - Lollar Johnny Smith
    • Volume, Tone, Schatten thumbwheels under pickguard
    • Tuners - Gotoh Relic Kluson style
    • Bridge - Handmade adjustable, Granadillo w/Roasted Birdseye Maple saddle
    • 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: 20
    • Hardshell Humicase
    • D'Addario .012 gauge strings
The Music Emporium

The Music Emporium

Retrograde Guitars
Brand New
8 Years
The Music Emporium
Joe Caruso
Lexington, MA
10:18 AM
Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11am-8pm Sunday: Closed

We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover directly for phone, email orders and in store purchases. Secure on line payments can also be made through our PayPal account. We will gladly accept personal checks but there may be a shipment delay while the check clears our bank. For international purchases, we strongly encourage Wire Transfers but in some cases will accept the above payment methods. To wire money directly to our bank, contact us for bank info.

We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.