Retrofret Stock # 6643. Gretsch Jet Firebird Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1958), made in Brooklyn, NY, serial # 27281, red and black lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, original two-tone hard shell case. This is a fairly rare Gretsch Jet Firebird from 1958 with a mix of features specific to this year. The pickups are still the DeArmond Dynasonics Gretsch had used since the early 1950's, while many other features had been updated to new 1958 specs including the "thumbprint" Neo-Classic fingerboard inlay and "space control" bridge. This configuration is specific to the "Jets"; as other Gretsch models had adopted the new Filter'Tron pickups by this time. It's likely the company-never known to waste anything-used up their stock of DeArmonds in this manner! The Gretsch Jet series were officially described as solidbodies but are actually chambered semi-solids, and were fairly popular into the late '50's. The sound falls rather in between the typical Gretsch hollowbody and a solid guitar, with a lot of bite but more airy quality than a Les Paul. The Jet Fire Bird carries a red-finished top on a black body and neck, and was the favored guitar of Bo Diddley before he had Gretsch adapt the model into his signature square guitar, which is basically the same except for the body.Overall length is 39 15/16 in. (101.4 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). Very fine overall; some wear and extremely minor modifications but overall a superb and very original example. The finish is worn to the wood on the treble side of the neck , and there are some small scrapes and dings into the wood in that area. The back has scratches and buckle wear into but not through the finish, with a number of spots to the back edges worn through. The top finish is well preserved, with some very small chips on the edge, light checking and a couple of small touched-up spots. The guitar had a Bigsby mounted at one point-there is a small spot visible where the felt pad rested on the top. The guitar is currently fitted with a period Gretsch tailpiece that is the slightly longer version of the correct "Jet" series model; all other hardware is original except the strap buttons are repro. There is a small inexplicable screw hole through the outer flange of the neck pickup on each side; the pickup appears otherwise original and undisturbed, as do the pots and wiring except a newer ground wire to the tailpiece. This guitar has an unusually good neck angle for this model, and has never been reset, making this Jet a better playing instrument than many. The neck is a fairly deep "D" contour and is very comfortable to play. One of the cooler Gretsch guitars we have had recently, a badass symphony in red and black complete with the original grey case. Excellent - Condition.
|1958||Excellent||red and black lacquer||Original Hard|
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