My 1956 model 6183 - Electromatic (Many photos)

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Georgie_38, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. Georgie_38

    Georgie_38 Electromatic

    Hi all,
    I have this original guitar model 6183 - Electromatic from 1956.

    I know it is not completely original, it has some early modifications but I paid only € 1,200 a couple of years ago.

    I have hardly found any information about this model on the internet, so I would appreciate comments and information.

    Regards :)

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  2. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    Haven't seen or even heard of that one, but I like it!:)
  3. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    That one looks really great. Congrats.
    Maybe @Wayne Gretschzky likes to chime in. He is one of greatest Gretsch authorities on this planet.
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  4. Georgie_38

    Georgie_38 Electromatic


    Many thanks for the information.

    The previous owner (who sells me) told me the guitar is original from 1956 and from the factory has a single DeArmond in the neck position, tailpice, and different tuning machines.

    He told me the guitar was mods in the early sixties that include new tuner machines, the Filtertrones, the new bridge and a Bigsby unit.

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  5. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    It's a 1956 Corvette hollow body.

    Would have looked like this before the mods.The bridge on this one isn't original though.Missing guard too.

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  6. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    She's a beautiful guitar @Georgie_38 . 2 years older than me and looks better than me too :p
  8. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Fine looking guitar, enjoy it.
  9. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Beauty! I had a refinished one of those.
  10. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA
    It's a thing of wonder and beauty.
  11. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Wow, I'd buy that, mods and all in a heartbeat. :)
  12. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Yep... she's a 1956 model year Corvette, with a '58/59 vintage Bigsby B6 (added). The mods seem to be executed well, so she's probably a great player. I LOVE the flame grain on the back of the neck... sexy!!
  13. Wjensen

    Wjensen Gretschie

    May 25, 2019
    Raleigh, NC
    A beautiful vintage guitar. Enjoy playing it.
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