What Makes This Guitar Special: There's just no faking a great vintage vibe and sound. A reissue is never going to give you the character, classic tone, and feel you will immediately connect with the moment you get your hands on this guitar. The Bigsby functions effortlessly and is synonymous with so many styles of playing. The hardware, pickups, and faux F holes offer an aesthetic that's all classic Gretsch. Set-up with low action and ready to play right out of the box.
Cosmetic Condition: The guitar is remarkably clean for a 54 year old instrument! As is typical with many vintage Gretsches, the binding is splitting and missing in small sections (see photos), and the hardware shows some tarnish.
Neck: Medium profile maple neck with bound ebony fingerboard, zero fret, pearloid thumbnail inlays, and red side-dot markers. Original gold Grovers work perfectly, Country Gentleman emblem on headstock face plate, 1 11/16" nut width, and 24.5" scale length. Frets are clean with little wear. Truss rod has been tested and is functioning properly.
Body: Double-cutaway, semi-hollow maple body with simulated F-holes. Bibsby tremolo tailpiece & Rocking Bar bridge with gold hardware. Gold plexi pickguard with Gretsch logo. Back pad is in great shape with all the snaps. The internal mute assemby is missing, however, the two levers are still present. Guitar weighs 8lbs 1.4oz.
Electronics: SuperTron humbucker in the neck and FilterTron humbucker in the bridge. Pickup selector switch, master tone switch, standby switch. Master volume and individual volume controls for each pickup with later-period "G" Arrow knobs.
Case: Original hardshell 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.