In all our time here at ’Vark Central, we’ve had very exceptionally clean and all original Gretsches come through our inventory. This 1964 Clipper is among the cleanest of the clean.
Though officially designated a student instrument, the Clipper actually has a storied recording history. To cite one example Curtis “the Pocket Picker” Brim, Earl “Buck Dexter’s longtime lead guitarist was known to reach for a ’63 Clipper very similar to this one in the studio. If you seek out any of Dexter’s still-powerful early ’60s recordings on the Four Star label, particularly “Pocket Picker Blues,” the instrumental b-side to Dexter’s famous “Broken Hearted You,” it sure sounds like the diminutive axeman was playing his Hi-LoTron equipped Clipper through a little Supro or similarly raw-sounding amp. As they say, “tone for days!”
We bought this guitar from the original owner, who received it as a Christmas present in 1964. As it turns out, the prior owner never learned to play, so the frets are virtually unmarked and aside from a replaced nut, and some exceedingly minor wear (as always, see photos), the guitar is in gorgeous shape. So far, everyone who has played it has raved about the inviting neck profile and massive, neck pickup tone. We guess it’s safe to say Curtis Brim got it right, way back when.
With exceptionally clean original grey case and original Gretsch “tone twister” vibrato attachment. SOLD!