Vintage Instruments: Electric Guitars

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1957 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet

The 1957 Gretsch Duo Jet is distinguishable from all other years of the model by its hump-block fingerboard inlays and its association with George Harrison, who played a ’57 6128 during the Beatles’ early years up until sometime in 1963.

One of the most iconic guitar models of the 1950s, the black Gretsch Duo Jet is perhaps the most recognizable guitar Gretsch ever produced, and has certainly caught the eye of many a guitar-slinger through the years.

This example is in lovely condition and in perfect playing order with recently replaced frets and some top-tier set-up work. The guitar is largely original, including finish, wiring harness, tailpiece and Melita bridge. The tuners are original as well, however there is evidence of others having been installed in the past. Original pickguard, pickups (neck pickup expertly rewound), pickup surrounds, and nut. We’ve made a few replica risers for the pickups to dial in their heights and get the tone where we like it. There are a few cigarette burns on the headstock binding, and scratches and dings consistent with the age of the guitar.

Perfect neck angle, excellent set-up, and very little fretwear. An incredible sounding guitar, with that fat, full and bright Dynasonic tone. Rounded neck carve with a soft D profile, 1-11/16” nut width, and 24.75” scale.

With original hardshell case.

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