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1959 Gretsch 6125 Anniversary! SOLD!

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Late 50’s Gretsch Anniversaries have been sleepers on the vintage market in my opinion. They offer the same trestle braced construction as the much, much more expensive late 50s 6120s. I also think the 2 tone smoke green is one of the coolest colors out there. You can find the much more common Hi-Lo-Tron equipped 60s models any day of the week but cool late 50s Filtertron and trestle braced models sure have seemed to have dried up out there. If you want the Setzer tone but don’t wanna have to sell your car to do it, this is one of your best choices. The body is made of laminated maple. The real magic though is in the bracing. Chet Atkins repeatedly asked Gretsch for a solid block (not unlike an ES-335) to be added to the hollowbody guitars for added sustain and feedback resistance. In 1958, Gretsch compromised and added the famous trestle bracing.  A cool feature that really adds to the distinct and powerful sound that these guitars have. The neck is laminated maple and features an ebony fingerboard with delicate thumbprint inlays. A single PAF Filtertron pickup resides at the neck for classic tone. A trapeze tailpiece and a space control bridge team up with Waverly open back tuners for solid performance. The original 2 tone smoke green paint lends a hip vintage vibe. One of my favorite Gretsch models and a worthy addition to any collection!

Many older Gretsch guitars suffer from playability issues as well as structural problems. I’m happy to say that thanks to a recent neck reset, this one is problem free. The neck is straight, plays well and the frets have a good bit of  life left in them. The neck angle is fine. The binding is fine. The single PAF Filtertron sounds awesome and all electronics work great. The tone switch (AKA: “the mud switch) actually has some useful settings. A nice example. This one has been well taken care of and is in great shape for its age. A solid VG condition guitar showing light to moderate pick and clearcoat scratches and light to moderate indents and dings. A little touch up is evident from the neck reset. A nice example. Comes in a nice, original case.

I’ve always been a huge Gretsch fan but will be the 1st to admit that it’s tough to find nice examples of these classic guitars. Many are the victim of amateur modifications, exploding binding, loose neck joints and general neglect. Finding one that actually sounds and plays well can be a real chore. Here’s a nice solid one that’s a comparative bargain on the vintage market.


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