Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet 1962 (On hold)

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This redoubtable example of a vintage Gretsch solidbody came into our possession from the widow of its original owner, who explained that her late husband was fond of tinkering on his guitars. It started life as an all-black Duo Jet but somewhere along the way, the prior owner determined to repaint it and relocate the input jack from the side to the top. He also removed the original lead pickup and dropped in a Dimarzio Super Distortion (hey, it was the '70s, after all!). The Dimarzio sounded fine, but struck us as of out of place in an instrument of this vintage, so we replaced it with a much more authentic-sounding TV Jones Classic (the neck pickup is original and sounds great). One of the strap buttons is a repro and we also replaced the original pickup surrounds, which were cracked, with a set of Gretsch repros. The original pickup surrounds are in the case. Finally, the guitar is outfitted with a fully functioning set of old gold Grover tuners.

Okay, with those disclosures out of the way, let's move onto the good stuff -- the tones. This classic-year model produces a Protean range of great sounds that can only be described as vigorous, lively and healthy, or in a word, vegete. Throughout the entire tonal spectrum, it will ablate your preconception of what a $2,000 Gretsch solidbody can do. Whether you tastes run to chunky shredding, lightly overdriven riffing, or simmering clean tones, this vintage Gretsch performs flawlessly. In sum, it's both affordably priced and sonically stimulating.

Ships in new Gretsch logo case. ON HOLD!.

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This redoubtable example of a vintage Gretsch solidbody came into our possession from the widow of its original owner, who explained that her late husband was fond of tinkering on his guitars. It started life as an all-black Duo Jet but somewhere along the way, the prior owner determined to repaint it and relocate the input jack from the side to the top. He also removed the original lead pickup and dropped in a Dimarzio Super Distortion (hey, it was the ’70s, after all!). The Dimarzio sounded fine, but struck us as of out of place in an instrument of this vintage, so we replaced it with a much more authentic-sounding TV Jones Classic (the neck pickup is original and sounds great). One of the strap buttons is a repro and we also replaced the original pickup surrounds, which were cracked, with a set of Gretsch repros. The original pickup surrounds are in the case. Finally, the guitar is outfitted with a fully functioning set of old gold Grover tuners.

Okay, with those disclosures out of the way, let’s move onto the good stuff — the tones. This classic-year model produces a Protean range of great sounds that can only be described as vigorous, lively and healthy, or in a word, vegete. Throughout the entire tonal spectrum, it will ablate your preconception of what a $2,000 Gretsch solidbody can do. Whether you tastes run to chunky shredding, lightly overdriven riffing, or simmering clean tones, this vintage Gretsch performs flawlessly. In sum, it’s both affordably priced and sonically stimulating.

Ships in new Gretsch logo case. ON HOLD!.