Gretsch introduced the Anniversary model in 1958 to commemorate the company’s 75th anniversary. It came in one pickup and two pickup flavors in either sunburst or two-tone green finish. The two pickup model was referred to as the Double Anniversary and it is the more desirable version. The Anniversary models were constructed very similarly to the classic Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins model with a 16 inch lower bout, 2 1/2 inch body depth, and laminated maple bodies. The main cosmetic differences were the lack of binding on the headstock, neck, and f-holes.
This 1960 sunburst Double Anniversary is in good to very good vintage condition. The finish has been removed from the back of the neck to improve playability and the original tuners have been replaced with Schaller tuners (screw holes are visible on the back of the headstock). There is a bit of cosmetic damage where the cutaway joins neck and a small hairline finish crack in the neck heel, but nothing structural. There are a few dings here and there, no buckle rash, and very little finish checking. Overall, the guitar presents very well.
The guitar sports two Hi-Lo’Tron pickups, a three-way pickup selector switch, a tone switch, two individual pickup volume controls, and a master volume control. Comfortable 1 11/16 inch nut width. 24 1/2 inch scale length. Original hardshell case.
The Double Anniversary is a beautiful and classic Gretsch hollow body at a very reasonable price point for a 58 year old vintage instrument.
Model: 6117 Double Anniversary
Finish: Vintage Sunburst
Case: Original Hardshell Case
Weight: 6 pounds 14 ounces
Condition: Good to Very Good Vintage Condition
Modifications: Replaced tuners. Finish removed from back of neck.
Comments: A beautiful and classic Gretsch hollow body at a very reasonable price point for a 58 year old vintage instrument.