A Super Rare Gretsch 6199 Convertible 'Sal Salvador' with a White Top
1956 Gretsch 6199 Convertible/Sal Salvador
This super rare, custom color 17-inch-wide, 3 3/8 inches deep, jazz guitar with a White top and Copper Mist back and sides weighs just 6.50 lbs. Quad-bound spruce top with two large bound 'f'-holes, laminated rock maple back (quad-bound) and sides. Rock maple neck with a nice, fat nut width of just under 1 11/16 inches, a medium-thick profile, a scale length of 25 1/2 inches and a bound rosewood fretboard with 21 medium-thin frets and inlaid pearl hump-block position markers. Headstock with black-stained maple overlay and inlaid pearl Gretsch "T-roof" logo. Two layer black over white plastic dome-shaped truss-rod cover with three slot-head screws. Individual Grover Imperial tuners with stairstep metal buttons. One 'suspended' DeArmond (Gretsch Dynasonic) pickup with an output of 9.25k. Gold-painted elongated Lucite pickguard with Gretsch "T-roof" logo in black (the pickguard covers most of the treble f-hole). Two controls (one volume, one tone) mounted on pickguard. The two potentiometers are stamped "137 629" (CTS, July 1956). Rosewood bridge with pre-set compensating saddle on height-adjustable rosewood base. Separate "G-hole flat" tailpiece secured to end of body by three screws. All hardware gold-plated. The neck has been expertly re-fretted with the correct gauge (.08) fretwire. We believe that four of the tuner securing screws have been changed (there are eight original slot-head screws and four phillips-head screws). Inside the bass 'f' hole is the original rectangular white Gretsch (Brooklyn, NY) label with the model number "6199" stamped in black (barely visible) and the serial number stamped in red. There is some light finish checking on the top and a few small and insignificant surface marks on the top and some small surface chips on the edge of the neck just above the nut. The pickguard has a small (repaired) crack just by the securing screw. Overall this guitar is in excellent plus (8.75) condition. Housed in the original Gretsch four-latch straw-colored hardshell case with burgundy velvet plush lining and Gretsch silk banner (8.75). (#1785).

Year Condition Color Case
1956 Near Mint White and Copper Mist Original Hard


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