Need help to ID this Gretsch

Zoso

Electromatic
Oct 2, 2022
5
Summerville
My brother in law has this vintage Gretsch he asked for help getting more info on. I’m a guitarist and one of my favorite axes I own is a blueburst Gretsch. Best I can tell from what I have been able to determine it is a model6124 with the hilo’tron pickup. I have had difficulty finding one with this Bigsby. No bridge or pickguard, which vintage parts could be obtained to make it complete. I know these pickups and tailpieces weren’t used until the late 50’s, early 60’s. There is no visible label to id the serial number. Any other info anyone can provide? Value as shown and with a vintage bridge and pickguard? Thanks for your feedback!
 

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Chmason85

Country Gent
May 1, 2018
1,206
Philadelphia
You are correct that it’s a 6124 single anniversary. I believe it originally would Have come with a space control bridge which is easy to get and a “G” cutout hardtail tailpiece. Unless you can source an OG pickguard, you’d have to have one made by quickguards or Paul Setzer if he’s still around. Or you can go totally baller and have a TK Smith pickguard made.
 

Zoso

Electromatic
Oct 2, 2022
5
Summerville
You are correct that it’s a 6124 single anniversary. I believe it originally would Have come with a space control bridge which is easy to get and a “G” cutout hardtail tailpiece. Unless you can source an OG pickguard, you’d have to have one made by quickguards or Paul Setzer if he’s still around. Or you can go totally baller and have a TK Smith pickguard made.
That’s good info, much appreciated! Any idea to the range of year, also this isn’t the bigsby I have been seeing typically maybe that will narrow down the year if it’s not a mod. Value? Thanks again for any insights you have.
 

Chmason85

Country Gent
May 1, 2018
1,206
Philadelphia
That’s good info, much appreciated! Any idea to the range of year, also this isn’t the bigsby I have been seeing typically maybe that will narrow down the year if it’s not a mod. Value? Thanks again for any insights you have.
I would guess 61/62 possibly? These came with a hardtail but the appropriate bigsby of the time would be the Gretsch-branded B6 with the V cut in it. The space control bridge and base can be found at Allparts.com, I think it’s around $60? The bigsby on there now is definitely a mod, it’s a B7 which wasn’t on any vintage Gretsch that I know of and also not the appropriate bigsby to put on a Gretsch. The tension bar on there was made for guitars like Gibsons that needed the downward pressure due to a much shallower neck pitch.
 

6187LX

Gretschie
Aug 11, 2022
216
Up Around the Bend
This burst pattern was seen in the mid-sixties and later. The Waverly tuners on this Annie were used up to around 1963/4 when you began to see Van Ghent tuners. A vintage space control bridge will cost you about $200 and a vintage tailpiece around $150ish.

Since it's already been modded (Bigsby) and has no serial number label, I'd just get the bridge of your choice and enjoy.
 
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Stefan87

Country Gent
May 20, 2019
3,294
Brisbane, Australia
thats a cool guitar you have there, i can't help with any other info but would love to see pics of your blueburst gretsch.

I think gretschs blueburst are one of the best looking burst guitars out there.
 

Wayne Gretschzky

Country Gent
Gold Supporting Member
Aug 27, 2008
3,656
East Coast
I would say that the sunburst affect on Zoso's Annie smacks of the later 60's style than the '62 example posted above... but the Zoso guitar doesn't have a serial number stamped into the back of the headstock, so we know it's earlier than August of 1966.
 

afire

Friend of Fred
Feb 12, 2009
5,987
Where the action is!
Like Ed and LX, that burst is throwing me off. A little googling shows that that pattern did start to show up in '66, so I would have to think that it's a '66. But then you'd expect to see Van Ghent tuners. Maybe they still used the Waverlys periodically.
 


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