Ok!! It's time to show your "Vintage" Gretsch guitars

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  1. rockinrobby

    rockinrobby Senior member Professional musician ... Gold Supporting Member

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    These are my two Vintage Gretsch's 1958 Gretsch 6120 100% original w/ Cowboy case and a 56 DuoJet 6128 with Dynosonic's both have Bigsbys.





     
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  2. Doc Loco

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    Only one, but a special one: my 1962 Gretsch "Twist":

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    Original except the volume and tone knobs.
     
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  3. Hiwatt Bob

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    '59 6118 Double Anniversary

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  4. valcotone

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    1956 Gretsch Country Club that I sold last year...

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  5. rockinrobby

    rockinrobby Senior member Professional musician ... Gold Supporting Member

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    I thought the the Hump inlays were only 57 and early 58 ?? Was this guitar a late 56?
     
  6. Jayyj

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    I have three, although nothing particularly top tier.

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    Excuse the Epiphone gatecrashing the party but the guitar on the left is a 1930s Gretsch. It's the same as the Model 35 which was a kind of cheap L5 clone, but I think the tenor model was called the 240.

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  7. Hiwatt Bob

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    That rally is rally cool!
     
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    '55 Round-Up renecked by Gretsch (likely in the early 60's and shown with an RHH) and a '62 Duo Jet refin. I have owned a few other vintage Gretsch's since I got these two Jet's and have sold them all, these two guitars really cover the sound and are just amazing instruments. Sure they suffer from all the Gretsch aliments but that TONE, wow. Especially the '62, it is just a complete rock machine; Malcolm Young/Jack White monster. Not the most comfortable guitar but plug it into a Marshall and it a few cords and all that disappears into sonic glory! Both wear Tru-Arc bridges now, different tuners, etc.

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  9. rockinrobby

    rockinrobby Senior member Professional musician ... Gold Supporting Member

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    Lovely background on all your Vintage Gretsch's no doubt. Like you said not particularly top tier however, great examples, Cheers ..
     
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    rockinrobby Senior member Professional musician ... Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice brother Tru-Arc bridges > RoCk!!
     
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  13. Jmdo7620

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    Here my 1965 6120 Nashville.

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    Really cool. Is this a short scale guitar?
     
  15. Doc Loco

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    No, it's the regular Gretsch scale.
     
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    My '59 Tennessean (6119) [​IMG]
     
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  18. Tidewater Custom Shop

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    I get verbose at times when I talk about guitars and associated gear. Happens all the time with new acquaintances, in pubs, in queue at the kino... and especially in places where others actually understand what I'm saying.

    My 1961 6118 Double Annie, received by me in a sad state... some may have passed on it, but for the money I couldn't resist. I had a vision for it, which I've fulfilled. I've put so much work into this guitar... I'll never reclaim the labor value, and I don't care. This is my first Gretsch - may be my last... unless I come into great luck or money, and wind up with a birth year (1959) White Falcon. Until then, I'll have this badboy.

    In the 8 years I've owned this, I've done extensive work to it. My goal was NEVER to restore it, but to make it mine... just the way I want it. It is indeed restorable - structurally the bones are excellent. But the amount of labor and materials it would take to get it to original render it a loss from the get-go.

    • Its original green finish was amateurly stripped with chemicals, and a gloss clear coat applied with a brush... maybe it was a hair brush. Enough wood was chipped away to install Duncan humbuckers, but I cleaned those up to accept P90s or mini-hums, which I used until iteration #4 that you see now.
    • The only original parts remaining when I got it were the G trapeze and the space bridge and floating base. Oh, and the harness, but it was so dick'd up that I pulled and sold it.
    • I always wanted (and still do) a White Falcon, thus the paint color. I sent it out to an apparently 'too busy' painter, who screwed around so long with it that I demanded it be returned to me in whatever state of progress. I finished the job myself, and added the stinger. I learned a lot from that experience... mainly that I can now paint an entire guitar.
    • The frets will not stand one more LCP, but the fretboard is in fine shape. Since this guitar is a mish-mash, I crafted an appropriate nut out of bone, brass, and ivory. Like the stinger... why not?
    • Vintage Grovers hold the strings in perfect tune, late '50s Dearmond Dynasonics sound incredible and are the best choice of pickups, IMO, for this model. They truly shine.
    • I aged a new Bigsby B6 and hot-rodded it with some Callaham mods, and I deleted the arm stop for a full 360° swing. I also aged the skull knobs. They seem appropriate for this guitar - brought back from the dead.
    • The pickguard is something I cut from plexi, then sent to Greven for his Tor-Tis treatment, then to Craig Lavin for his meticulous MOP logo inlay.
    • I stashed the steel saddles on the Callaham ABR-1 and added nylon. I've had a fascination with nylon lately.

    It's a great player, and a welcome addition to my krewe. It sounds best into my '64 Vox AC30 and '59 Deluxe with a touch of reverb.

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    I had to make custom mounting brackets and 'beauty rings' to fit the Dyna's

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  19. Pete Cage

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    Having some fun with my '67 Country Gent, a few years back...

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