For Sale First-batch 1953 Gretsch 6130 Roundup. Seven knots

vanguard

Electromatic
Jun 17, 2017
49
Maggie Valley, NC
The real deal!

About as rare and special as Gretsches get. First run Roundup w/ six knots in the bod, one in the head. All the neat features of the first run: leather trim under heel; clear-bottom D'Armonds; nitrate guard; black side dots; no inlay first fret; un-engraved inlays at two highest positions; ball-bat neck; etc.

This one's had some restoration work, so it won't cost you over $20k. Original fretboard was spoiled from some bad mods, so I had Steven Stern build me a new one in the Gretsch Custom Shop from an old slab of Brazilian rosewood. Dead ringer for the og board, right down to the toddler-snot green inlays. Additionally, there is a humbucker route repair that runs about an inch south of the lead pickup. Ian used pine veneer and expert craftsmanship to hide the repair well. The top only was refin'd to exact specs.

All work was done by the renowned Ian Sherwin. Dan Erlewine also helped out with some sourcing (it was he who had the Stern hookup!).
Everything else is OG as far as I can tell. Comes with the typically knackered original tweed case.
It's pictured with the impossibly rare first-run Melita aluminum bridge on ebony base, but will come instead w/ its original cast Melita (with early, rare debossed logo :)) on plastic base.

legendary guitar. Restored to perfection by the best luthiers in the game. Gotta get a pile of cash together for a move and big home down payment, so this, and some other rarest gear (the aluminum/ebony Melita, and a pre-CBS Princeton Reverb) is on the block.

$12,000 OBO. I'm the owner of Blackstrap Electrik Company, and am Vanguard on TDPRI and The Gear Page.
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afire

Friend of Fred
Feb 12, 2009
5,251
Where the action is!
Beautiful, and a fair price for such a fantastic and rare guitar. Love the "angry steer" inlay.

Dead ringer for the og board, right down to the toddler-snot green inlays.
Are the any different from what the CS normally does? I ask because I'm about to place an order, and that's what I would want my inlays to look like. Do you think there's anything in particular I should convey to Stern & Co.?
 

vanguard

Electromatic
Jun 17, 2017
49
Maggie Valley, NC
He actually did the last run of Roundups with new board specs to match this project!
Beautiful, and a fair price for such a fantastic and rare guitar. Love the "angry steer" inlay.


Are the any different from what the CS normally does? I ask because I'm about to place an order, and that's what I would want my inlays to look like. Do you think there's anything in particular I should convey to Stern & Co.?
 

mbkri

Country Gent
Sep 22, 2012
2,815
Chicago
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Beautiful, and a fair price for such a fantastic and rare guitar. Love the "angry steer" inlay.


Are the any different from what the CS normally does? I ask because I'm about to place an order, and that's what I would want my inlays to look like. Do you think there's anything in particular I should convey to Stern & Co.?
Stern did my ‘55 so my fretboard looks different. Youd have to request ‘53 for the empty first fret
 

j.s.c

Country Gent
Aug 19, 2008
3,587
france
Hhaaaa! Nooo, my heart has to calm down !
Beeaautiful pictures, love her over gold, and the Selmer amp Gaaaah this duo makes me turn crazy!
 

wildeman

I Bleed Orange
May 10, 2015
15,993
norcal
Sweet Mother of pearl! That is a deal, my boss wants a vintage Strat, the late '60s CBS one's are more than that beauty, all are out of my range unfortunately but i know damn well what my choice would be.
 


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