A little history:
The original Gretsch Penguin made its debut at the 1956 Music Industry trade show, and was produced in very small quantities until about 1964. Though it did appear on the company’s 1958 and 1959 price lists, the model never made it into any Gretsch catalog. As such, the Gretsch Penguin is one of the rarest – and most desirable – guitars on the planet. Most experts agree that less than 100 were ever manufactured, and only about 20 are publicly accounted for today.
This particular Penguin is a Masterbuilt (Stephen Stern) built by the Gretsch Custom Shop earlier this year (2015). This one is one of just two to have three pickups – TV Jones Classics - with the vintage twang and growl of the original Filter’Tron pickups. Additionally, it is the only one to have this beautiful Sea Foam Sparkle finish. It also sports the rare banjo armrest on the bass lower bout, and Gold Sparkle binding. It is one the most beautiful guitars we’ve ever handled. (Serial No. UT15081276)
All the specs from Gretsch:
Model: Masterbuilt 1959 Penguin NOS
Finish Color: Sea Foam Sparkle
Weight: 9.34 lbs
Master Builder: Stephen Stern
Top Wood: Arched Maple
Body Wood: Chambered Mahogany
Body Neck Wood: Mahogany
Neck Shape: Standard
Neck Dimensions: .880 1st - .950 9th
Fingerboard Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl
Thumbnail Nut Material: Bone
Binding: Gold Sparkle
Pickups: 3 TV Jones Classics
Controls: Master Vol, Neck Vol, Bridge Vol, P/U Selector Switch and Tone Switch
Hardware : Nickel
Tuners: Grover® Imperial
Bridge: Ebony-Based Pinned "Rocking" Bar
Case: Gretsch Custom Shop Grey Hardshell Case with all case candy and certificate.
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