2009 Roundup KPW

IPLAYLOUD

Electromatic
Aug 2, 2011
77
Long Island
A few years back, I posted a shot of myself holding a Chet Atkins 6121 and said "this is my dream guitar".
Christmas came and this was under the tree for me! (She's as much a Gretsch lover as I). They don't pop-up for sale often, and Dawn checked Reverb / EBay every day. Her "when you see it, buy it!" way of thinking worked. After getting it, I searched YouTube for vids and found a guy playing my guitar 10 years ago in a shop!!


I have read that 75 6130KPWs were built. (Knotty Pine Western). I cannot tell you how much this guitar means to me and how it truly changed my playing. I added the Bigsby as it's a major part of my brain. It took 59 years of my life to have a Gretsch...59 WASTED years.
To make it look even more like it fell out of 1956, I put on a Mono-Plak TRC.

Does anyone here have one??



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tartanphantom

Friend of Fred
Jul 30, 2008
6,056
Murfreesboro, TN
There are technically more than 75 made... 75 production models, plus roughly 7-10 factory prototypes.

I own prototype #7-- given to me by Joe Carducci and Gretsch back in 2008.
It has seen steady gig time since then... including this past Friday for a Halloween gig. The only modification I've made is to replace the OEM pickguard with a more historically accurate custom pickguard made by fellow forum member Paul Setzer (can only be seen in the last photo-- all other pics were taken well before I had the replica guard made),

Two major ways to identify the prototypes-- most were built in 2007, and they all have a serial number with the JTyymm00xx configuration, whereas all of the production models have a 2008 or later serial number... no production models with a 2007 s/n.
Secondly, most of the prototypes have non-bookmatched tops-- that is to say that the knot positions aren't mirrored like on the production models.

I've only seen one other prototype, but according to Joe Carducci (former FMIC/Gretsch brand manager and all-around great guy) there were several built before official production.

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