Fresh out of the Gretsch Custom Shop is the 6128 Duo Jet Closet Classic 1953 Reissue. This is the absolute closest thing you can find to an original 1953 Duo Jet, and its attention to detail is downright stunning. Like the original designers at Gretsch, Stephen Stern and company at the Gretsch USA custom shop have spared no expense in producing this unique guitar; only this time to recreate it. Custom-spec'd by Cream City Music, it exudes master built USA Custom Gretsch quality, with an astounding level of precision and an attention to detail.
This G6128-53 has all the hallmarks of a '53 original: a script headstock logo, missing 1st-fret block inlay, plain arrow control knobs, a "no logo" pickguard, and the sought-after Melita bridge. We have spec'd out the the "Melita" bridge with a simple but effective modification via a set of low-profile dome-top screws to set the saddles in place. This makes the the guitar much more comfortable to play and gives you the ability to palm mute at the bridge. Those who have played on a Gretsch with an original spec "Melita" (or Synchro-Sonic) bridge will appreciate this. If you'd prefer this Duo Jet to look just as one would have in 1953, the original spec thumb screws are included.
We also specifically requested this '53 reissue to have a custom Closet Classic finish package. This gives the look of a slightly-aged guitar with no real playing wear, in the form slight aging on the finish and hardware, as if it was left in a closet since 1953. This Closet Classic is also cleaner than most others, thanks to its lack of finish checking or significant wear on its hardware. It's essentially a happy medium between your typical Closet Classic finish package and an NOS reissue!
You'll love the sound of this '53 as well: the Seymour Duncan DynaSonic pickups are spot on recreations of the original DeArmond pickups. They’ve got a wonderful chiming clean tone with big tubby bass and shimmering top end. With some gain they’ve got a snarl like no other with a mid-range that has plenty of bite without sounding harsh. They’re phenomenal pickups that truly capture the vibe of the vintage DeArmonds. You'll love this '53 Duo Jet's stock "C" shaped mahogany neck as well; it has a satisfying feel that isn't too thick or thin, with its first-fret thickness being 0.88".
Plus, with its included El Dorado leather strap, Certificate of Authenticity, polish cloth, and deluxe tweed hardshell case, your '53 is kept clean, safe and sound. Thanks to stellar attention to detail, authentic vintage specs, and an incredible set of pickups, this Gretsch Custom Shop 6128 '53 Duo Jet is a masterpiece in every sense of the word.
-Color: Black Top, Natural Back, Neck, and Sides
-Aging Type: Closet Classic
-Neck Wood: Mahogany
-Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
-Fretboard Inlays: Block with no 1st Fret Inlay
-Headstock Perimeter: '53 Duo Jet
-Headstock Logo: Script, Mother of Pearl
-Neck Thickness at 1F: 0.88"
-Neck Thickness at 12: 0.99"
-Neck Binding: .060" White Nitro
-Side Dots: Black
-Neck Shape: Stock "C"
-Body Style: '55 Duo Jet
-Top: Maple Ply
-Body Binding: .060" x .090"
-Wiring: Tone Pot with Treble Boost
-Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Dyna-Sonic
-Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Dyna-Sonic
-Bridge: Synchro-Sonic with Low Profile Screws
-Tailpiece: "G" Cutout
-Case: Deluxe Tweed
-Weight: 7 lbs. 14.8 oz.
Why We Love Gretsch
Gretsch has been handcrafting guitars for over 135 years. The unique sound of the Gretsch semi-hollow body guitar has become synonymous with rockabilly music, one of the first styles of rock ‘n roll. Gretsch guitars are a favorite among musicians like Chet Atkins, Brian Setzer and George Harrison. At Cream City Music, we love Gretsch too, which is why we always have a huge selection of new, used and vintage Gretsch guitars in stock.