Vintage man!

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Wayne Gretschzky, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Ok... I can't take it any longer! It's been over a week since anyone posted in the vintage section. Ordinarily that's not a big deal, but with the world being shut-down, I'm wondering what everyone is doing?

    Anyway, here's a photo I dug up circa 1993... my humble collection of vintage Gretsch guitars (at the time). That particular Jet Firebird, and the 6119 are long gone, but the one on the far left is a modified and refined '56 Streamliner that will always be in the stable. Let's jus say that I've grown the collection a bit over the subsequent 25+ years!

    Hope everyone is staying healthy!

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  2. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    I've got a couple to contribute that are currently still around.

    1956 6189:
    & the 1976 7628:
    The Committee is down at the shop but I've pulled out the Streamliner a few times in the past couple of weeks, it continues to be a treat :)
  3. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Vintage 50s Streamliners have always been an under-appreciated model, and that kept their pricing relatively low, which led to me buying more than a couple... which then led to bigger and better things!

    3 Streamliners.JPG
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  4. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    No vintage Gretsch in my stable anymore. Sadly.
    Among many others I used to own a 6119, too. Obviously from 1961. One of the last batches with just one pickup. It did not have the trestle bracing anymore and the body was not as deep as the body of an earlier 6119. Very delicate guitar. Light as a feather.
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  5. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Shhhhh... I'm on the hunt for a vintage Jag Tan SL...nice one by the way. Can I have it? really.
  6. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    They're the wrong color for you now! Nice trio. I especially like the Tenny.
  7. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Both the Jag Tan and Sunburst ('58) can be for sale. The Jag Tan has been promised to an acquaintance who had some sudden health issues. I told him I would hold onto it until he decided if he wanted to pursue the deal. If he's not interested in a month or so, we can talk!
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  8. Ati EDGE

    Ati EDGE Electromatic

    May 23, 2013
    Budapest, Hungary
    These are my current vintage guitars... and I am at home with them during these hard days.

    I am a sunburst fan ;) 1964 6124 Single Anniversary, 1964 6117 Double Anniversary and 1967 6117 Double Anniversary. All these three are similar, but pretty different also very good guitars. My favorite one is the stickered one in the middle. I have purchased the another two to have a second guitar with the same specs. but neck shape, body size, bracing, sound, feel of the guitar are very different so I have to sell those two and I need luck to find a similar one like my main one in the middle :)

  9. Scott

    Scott Country Gent

    Jun 27, 2008
    Winston-Salem, NC
    My 1957 Streamliner IMG_20200312_180813734_HDR.jpg
  10. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    On top of that, this post also demonstrates how far photography has come since 1993!:D
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  11. knavel

    knavel Synchromatic

    Dec 26, 2009
    London, England
    There has never been a filtertroned jet in the family. My brother is hot after one. I have only ever played one, a 59 Duo Jet in a shop in London and it was super light and resonant.

    Why did you sell it?

    For my contribution to the discussion, this one has been with me since 1988 for the second half of its life, but tomorrow he takes a journey to a new home in Stockholm.

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  12. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    1956 Streamliner 6190

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  13. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Still only got the 3.

    1957 6120

    1957/58 6122 Gent,first batch.

    1965/66 6120,the first Gretsch i ever bought back in 1988.

    I do have an Ex,
    1977 Super Chet
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  14. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2008
  15. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    I was born in '58 ..... sorry , that's all I got :p
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  16. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I wanna see pics of 58 6120’s!
    Anything ya got!

    I ordered some plain pickup rings and a custom pickguard from Quickguards to turn my 6120-60 into a poor man’s poison ivy sig model.
  17. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Here's mine... 1958, first year Filtertrons, and heavy trestle bracing.

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  18. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Are you going with a B3 Bigsby too? That's the most notable feature on Ivy's 6120.
  19. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    So does your 58 does have Trestle Bracing or just heavy bracing? I’ve never seen one up close. I thought they were full hollow, yes? My 95 6120-60 most certainly does NOT have TB, and it also has a zero fret, so it’s not going to be super accurate in those regards.
    I go back and forth on this. I think if I could find a nice B3 that has a hinge with screw holes that line up with the holes in my B6, I’d get one. That would let me switch back and forth, and I’d be cool with that.
    Right now, there’s actually a B3 for sale on reverb that the seller claims is from 1958!
    However, was Ivy’s B3 even a 58? And was her B3 added by Gretsch or by someone else in the 27 years between production and her buying the guitar?

    So far I’ve installed some TVJ Ray Butts with chrome PAF covers (Ivy’s had PAF, guess her guitar cane out late in the year). They look beautiful, but more importantly they have the tone of those latter Cramps records from 85-04. I also switched out the gold hardware.

    I’ve also ordered plain gold pickup rings, and a pickguard with Ivy’s sig in the signpost from Quickguards. Actually, I just received an email that the order has been shipped today!!
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  20. DennisC

    DennisC Synchromatic

    May 11, 2017
    I'm not sure ... I think the B3 was added after she bought the guitar, as I have seen pictures of here with a V-cut Bigsby.

    But then again, she didn't have only one 6120, but at least a second one as backup on tour, which were at least two different guitars (one in sunburst finish, one in orange and maybe more).

    Hm ... longer strings behind the bridge ... would mean lower frequency in the secondary vibration going on there... Hm ... I'm not sure (although that is not my name, not even Joe...). What was the intention in changing from a 6 to a 3? Handle location ... would be my only idea ... neck angle issues are said to be pfusch-repaired this way, but I don't really get my head around that, as a 3 and a 6 have the main bar in the same distance from the top, or don't they?

    Anyway, this is a nice thread. It may even qualify to being called a Fred.

    I love all the different guitars with details (hours to look into ... when, where, why what was changed, ...), and the evidence that at least a few of those nice wooden boxes with wires and stuff made it through some 60+ years - not even sure I'm built to last that long (I'll know in 23 years).
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