An All Original and Exceptionally Fine and Rare Transitional Early 1958 Gretsch 6129 Silver Jet
1958 Gretsch 6129 Silver Jet
This very early 1958, featherweight 13 1/4-inch-wide guitar weighs just 7.40 lbs. and features a four-ply white and black bound chambered mahogany body with a pressed arched top of silver sparkle plastic laminate. One-piece mahogany neck (no heel-dowel) with a nice, fat nut width of just over 1 11/16 inches, a scale length of 24 3/4 inches and a wonderful fat profile. Bound Ebony fretboard with 22 original medium-thin frets and inlaid pearloid 'Neo-Classic' half-moon position markers. Single-bound headstock with laminated dark maple face and inlaid pearl Gretsch "T-roof" logo. Individual Grover StaTite open-back tuners with oval metal buttons. Two single-coil DeArmond Dynasonic pickups with outputs of 3.02k and 3.00k. Original black and white plastic pickup rings. Black lucite pickguard with Gretsch "T-roof" logo engraved in white from the underside. Four controls (two volume and one tone on the lower treble bout and one master volume control on the treble horn), plus a three-way pickup selector switch on upper bass bout. The pots are stamped "134 640" (Centralab, October 1956). "Arrow-through-G" chrome-plated brass control knobs with cross-hatch pattern on sides. Space-control bridge with six adjustable saddles on ebony base and chrome cut-out "G-hole flat" tailpiece. The serial number "272XX" printed on a label inside the control cavity with the model number "6129." The serial number is also engraved on the outside of the control cavity cover. This is one of the rarest Silver Jets, with this one being a transition model, still with the DeArmond pickups but now with an Ebony fretboard with Neo-Classic pearl half-moon position markers and a 'Space-Control' bridge. The guitar is 100% original with the exception of the "D" tuner bushing which has been replaced with an almost identical but slightly deeper version. There is some minor belt buckle wear on the back (nothing through the finish), some slight edge wear to the bottom of the body, a few small marks/indentations on the sides of the body and the back of the neck. There is a very small piece (3/16 inch) missing from the binding on the bass side of the headstock by the nut and a small piece chipped away from the maple laminate on the headstock just below the "B" tuner. There is no shrinkage of the body binding and the silver sparkle top is exceptionally bright. One of the best looking, playing, and sounding DeArmond Silver Jets that we have seen. Included in the case is the original four-page green card Gretsch Quality Control "O.K.Card" hang-tag with matching serial number, the original Gretsch Neo-Classic Fingerboard card, the original Gretsch 'Space Control Bridge' card, the original "Bobby Lee 'No-Mishap' black leather guitar strap complete with the original instruction sheet, and to top it all - the original? used strings in the circular plastic Gretsch case… Housed in the original two-tone gray hardshell case with maroon plush lining (9.00). (#2053)
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