Around here at Aardvark Central, we appreciate stereo guitars. Our in-house luthier, Stevie Ray, is often seen on-stage with an all-original ’67 Gibson ES-345, which he inevitably plugs into his rare Gibson GA-79 RVT stereo amplifier to produce a spectrum of mind-altering tones. This very rare model 6111 sunburst Gretsch Double Anniversary provides a different but equally valid take on the stereo experience. And the cool thing is, it sounds equally great if you opt to play it without taking advantage of its unique stereo HiLoTron pickup options.
Imagine the acclaim that will ensue when you plug this beauty into a stereo rig at your weekly jazz gig and launch into to a chord melody interpretation of Duke Ellington’s classic “Caravan”: the tinnient melody ringing radiantly through one amplifier, while the muted accompaniment rumbles with appropriately benthic authority through another. But this guitar also proved great for blues (the Peter Gunn homage in Freddy King’s “Hideway” is positively soul-stirring in stereo mode); and classic country—can you imagine anything cooler than Merle Travis’ “Cannonball Rag” in stereo?
The guitar is in very good condition, with a solid neck joint, plenty of fret life, and none of the dreaded binding rot that sometimes afflicts Gretsches from this era. The body dimensions are 16" wide and 2.5" deep, and the neck is a typical early ‘60s Gretsch shallow C profile. Ships in original but well-worn case (i.e., we’d probably recommend using the original case for display and carting the guitar to gigs in a more modern replacement, but that’s just us. SOLD!