An All Original and Near Mint Gretsch 6156 Playboy Combo
1959 Gretsch 6156 Playboy Amplifier
An exceptionally fine and all original (apart from a new three-prong grounded power cord) 1959 Model 6156 Playboy Amplifier (serial number "T 22094"). This 17 watt amp weighs just 19 lbs and has a charcoal cloth covered cabinet with tan 'tweed' cloth speaker grill with "Gretsch" black plastic logo. The exterior measurements are: 17 3/4 inches wide x 15 1/2 inches high x 8 1/2 inches deep. Original white plastic handle. One 10 inch Rola Alnico speaker (with the output transformer mounted on the right). The speaker has "285 9490" (Rola, December 1959) and "15460" stamped in black on the frame, and "550-3" stamped in black on the magnet. Six tubes: 2 x RCA 6973; 3 x RCA 12 AX7; and 1 x RCA 5Y3GT rectifier. Three-way on/off/standby switch, one volume, one tone control (with Gretsch Arrow through "G" control knobs), one small black plastic tremolo speed control; 2 amp fuse and three inputs. (two 'Bass' and one 'Treble'. Original matching charcoal cloth covered handle. On the inside of the base of the amplifier is a small rectangular metal plate engraved with the serial number "T 220XX". On the inside base of the cabinet, stenciled in white, is the model number "6156". Complete with the original foot pedal switch for the tremolo and the original manilla envelope containing the spare 2 amp fuse (attached to the inside of the cabinet). A totally original and near mint example. We have had the amplifier fully serviced and a replacement three-prong grounded power cord fitted. This really is a superb little combo with a circuit that is almost identical to the highly desirable Supro 1624T. The two 6973 power tubes give a wonderful overdrive tone. (#2054)
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