The Falcon is at the top of of the Gretsch line, perhaps neck and neck with the Country Club. The Black Falcon is a somewhat rarer bird; most examples are white.
|Serial Number||Varies as new; Made in Japan at the Terada plant.|
|Pricing||Current price at April 2015 is $3749.99 Canadian Dollars with original Gretsch case.|
|Neck||Maple neck with gold-sparkle-bound, purfled ebony fingerboard with neo-classic thumbnail markers. 25.5″ scale length. Gold sparkle Gretsch inlay and ‘The Black Falcon’ plaque on black headplate.|
|Frets||22 medium frets.|
|Body||17″ maple laminate body with gold sparkle binding top and back and around the oversize F-holes. Trestle bracing.|
|Finish||Gloss black finish and gold hardware.|
|Hardware/electronics||Two Filter ‘Tron pickups, pickup and tone selector switches; master volume and individual, jewelled volume controls. Gold Grover Imperial tuners with ‘Deco’ buttons. Gold plexi pickguard with Falcon image. Gold Bigsby B6 and Space Control bridge on ebony base.|
|Playability/Action||This is a wonderful guitar. The neck is wide enough for complex voicings but not uncomfortable, and it plays well and cleanly with the factory setup.|
|Case||Original, new, Gretsch hardshell case included.|
|Comments||This is my new favourite guitar. The Falcon is a classic, instantly recognisable instrument, and in black it’s perhaps a bit more eye-catching. It has all the great Gretsch tone and is a joy to play. The tone (or ‘mud’ switch) is a versatile and quite usable tool and the two switches add a visual balance to the individual volume controls. This guitar does come with the US-made Bigsby, so the Chet Atkins bracket and arm (not included) can be added in moments.|
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