One of the very first Sparkle Jets!

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Skydog, Apr 28, 2021.

  1. Skydog

    Skydog Gretschie

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    Indiana
    991BA49F-881E-4473-80A6-155849E47182.jpeg One the first Gretsch Sparkle Jets – early ’55 with DeArmond single-coils. And a couple of other so-so guitars, a '58 'burst, and a ‘61 335, all belonging to Greg Martin, guitar player extraordinaire!
     
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  2. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Hi there Skydog... that '55 Silver (sparkle) Jet is pretty sweet looking, but it's not really considered an early one. There was a recent article on Reverb.com that announced the discovery of a '53 model year (script logo headstock, and fixed Melita bridge) Silver Jet. They were also produced all through '54 as well. So by '55, the model was pretty well established.
     
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  3. Luthier47

    Luthier47 Electromatic

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    Apr 22, 2021
    East coast USA
    Back in the early there was a red sparkle jet in the window of a music store on the way to my Aunt Marie’s house in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Was was maybe 11…I would drool over the guitar as we drove by weekly. My aunt stopped in the store to see how much… if I remember and it was near 60 yrs ago…$250? Could that be right?
     
  4. Skydog

    Skydog Gretschie

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    Dec 19, 2014
    Indiana
    Here's the ‘Vintage Guitar’ magazine article I gleaned the photo and info from. You should let them know of the inaccuracies! https://www.vintageguitar.com/36814...6F280ruir-MxJDthoRid4pHbNWl1xhp3X0iu-LhXFySFc
     
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  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Nice trio of guitars. I think a Silver Jet would look good with a black armrest.
     
  6. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    My bet would be to go with Wayne Gretschzky over any articles you may read on vintage Gretsch. Where they likely do homework and publish an article. Wayne Gretschzky is actually Ed Ball. He likely has more extensive research on vintage Gretsch since he’s published actual books on our beloved guitars.

    https://www.amazon.com/Gretsch-6120-History-Legendary-Guitar/dp/0764334840

    https://www.amazon.com/Balls-Manual...856d4&pd_rd_wg=g18Mb&pd_rd_i=0764346431&psc=1
     
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  7. 65club

    65club Electromatic

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    Jul 31, 2017
    USA
    I like how one linked article correctly states that the Duo-Jet debuted in 1953 while the other says ALL the “single cutaway electrics” (meaning arch top electrics too?) came out in 1955. Which kinda proves Merc’s point.
     
  8. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Beautiful set of triplets, I think most people would covet one of them, but to have three is a sign of good taste in my books. Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. Skydog

    Skydog Gretschie

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    Dec 19, 2014
    Indiana
    No argument here; like I stated, he should let the misinformed publications and authors aware of their mistakes.
     
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  10. Skydog

    Skydog Gretschie

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    Dec 19, 2014
    Indiana
    I haven't heard Greg play the other two, but have heard him absolutely tear up that ‘burst!
     
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  11. Skydog

    Skydog Gretschie

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    Dec 19, 2014
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    Sounds right; a new ‘burst was $265 I believe.
     
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  12. afire

    afire Country Gent

    A Silver Jet ran $330 in 1961. At $250, maybe it was used.
     
  13. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Seems this thread is filled with some great info :):):):):)
     
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  14. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Synchromatic

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Maaaaan! I want a sunburst 335 for $279.50, heck I’ll take two!

     
  15. Luthier47

    Luthier47 Electromatic

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    Apr 22, 2021
    East coast USA
    I like that the LP was $395…. My LP Custom in 1971 was $700 and so was the blonde ES-175 in 1983.I still have the Lay-A-Way tag showing my $100 deposit…. So far out of reach now with everything else demanding so much to live day to day
     
  16. Luthier47

    Luthier47 Electromatic

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    Apr 22, 2021
    East coast USA
    I have a question about my 1965 or 64 White Falcon. It was a double cutaway, two switches in the top and bean tuners. The tremolo looked like a plumbing fixture 3” long by 1/2” gold plated pipe going into a knurled knob and then the 1/4” bent bar. Sold it in 1993 when the bindings started to delaminate and I can’t understand the Gretsch model number… if I remember, the gold square on the headstock read 6336T…. Does that sound right to you all? Still hunting for pictures which my 90 year old mom probably has

    Took it to Brooklyn, NY with my dad to have them refinish it somewhere around 1970… was only an ok job…looked like a re-spray and polish
     
  17. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    I may be wrong, but also Billy Zoom had one of those early '50s Sparkle Jet with G tailpiece in his arsenal. I think I read somewhere that he sold it long ago as it never played on par with his signature one.
     
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  18. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Two switches on top mean it was a mono Falcon, model 6136. The stereo version was a 6137. There were no suffixes like "T" and while modern Gretsch model numbers have a "G" prefix, the old prefix was "PX", although it is/was rarely used outside of company catalogs and price lists. The headstock plaques didn't have the model number. They had the serial number. And White Falcon serial numbers don't really follow the larger dating patterns anyway, at least before they went to coded numbers in late '66. Falcons are best dated by features.
     
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