Vintage 1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet Firebird Refinished Red


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What makes this guitar special: A very cool player grade ‘50s Gretsch, with some nice upgrades and fantastic playability. Originally a Jet Firebird, a previous owner decided to reapply the original color scheme, with a brighter shade of red. The original tailpiece was also swapped for a Bigsby, and the bridge was switched out for a contemporary rocking bar. The result is a true vintage Gretsch with terrific tone-and a guitar that you don’t need to worry about babying. This piece has been professionally inspected and setup by our expert in-house luthier. Everything is functional and it plays exceptionally well, with optimum intonation and string height. All you gotta do is tune it!

Cosmetic condition: This piece is in exceptional condition beyond the modifications, and is sure to have many years of playing ahead of it. The top has been refinished in red, and the back & sides have been refinished in black. The work appears to have been done professionally, and quite some time ago, as the finish shows some weather checking and areas of wear throughout. The pickguard, bridge, and tailpiece are unoriginal. There are various scratches, dents, dings, nicks, and scuffs present, along with visible tarnishing on the hardware. The frets have been filed down to the tang on much of the treble side, however, all notes intonate properly up and down the length of the fingerboard. Overall, this one has a great look to it, with a classic vibe.

Body: Chambered mahogany body finished in black with bound red top. Contemporary rocking bar bridge with floating ebony base and Bigsby tremolo tailpiece. Screws have been drilled in the top to accommodate the Bigsby. Unoriginal silver Gretsch pickguard.

Weight: 7 lb, 6.1 oz

Neck: D-shaped solid mahogany neck with bound Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, red side dots, and pearl block inlays. Bound headstock with pearl Gretsch inlay and black truss rod cover. Original open gear tuners work great. 1 11/16” nut width, 24.6” scale length. Frets show wear consistent with age but still have life in them. All notes intonate properly up and down the length of the fingerboard. Truss rod works great.

Electronics: Original DeArmond single coil pickups (Neck-9.44k ohms, Bridge-9.49k ohms) with 3-way pickup selector switch and arrow knobs, 2x individual volume, 1x master tone, 1x master volume.

Case: Original Gretsch tweed hard shell case included. 

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.