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Gretsch G6112TCB-WF Limited Edition Falcon Jr. White, 2016

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This Gretsch G6112TCB-WF Limited Edition Falcon Jr. in Vintage White. This great little guitar is a new model. Blending influences from three sources – the classic Gretsch White Falcon, the Jet body design, and the new Gretsch Players models.

Aside from being very flashy, this is a great playing and sounding guitar.

Every once in a while, something built as a promotional item for an industry trade show really takes off, gets more intention than expected and is put into production. This was the case with the 1954 Gretsch White Falcon, intended to show off the elegance and quality of the Gretsch electric archtop line at the 1954 NAMM trade show in California.

The Gretsch G6112TCB-WF Limited Edition Falcon Jr was built on a full size, 17 inch archtop body, with gold plated hardware, a gloss white finish, large headstock, gold sparkle binding and trim and jewelled volume and tone knobs.

The Gretsch Jet, on the other hand, uses a small, 14 inch wide chambered body with laminated, arched top and was intended to go head-to-head with Gibson’s Les Paul model. These are great guitars for many styles – Chet Atkins used a G6121 Duo Jet for many performances and recordings, and of course the late Malcom Young used a G6131 Duo Jet for most of his AC/DC career.

Finally, the new Gretsch Players series add a number of modern features aimed directly at the realities of performance. Locking tuners, pinned bridges, string-through Bigsbys, and thinline bodies with solid center blocks are regular features.

This puts us at the new 6112TCB-WF-LTD16 the Falcon Jr, built as a limited edition for the 2016 model year. This uses the 14 inch Jet-sized body, but built with the Player’s model features as a semi-hollow, thinline laminated Maple construction, arched top and back, with a Spruce center block to provide both resonance and feedback resistance. The neck is maple with a bound ebony fingerboard and classic Gretsch ‘Neo-Classic’ Mother of Pearl thumbnail position markers.

The decoration on the Falcon Jr. model is traditional White Falcon, with all the sparkle and glitz that goes along with it. And of course, all the metal parts are gold plated. Pickups are TV Jones Classic models, some of the best sounding pickups available. The V-cut Bigsby uses the new ‘String Through’ string bar, and that coupled with the pinned bridge and locking Grover Roto-Matics (with art deco ‘stairstep’ buttons) makes string changes fast and easy. The bridge is a traditional ‘Rocking Bar’ model. These don’t intonate as closely as fully adjustable tune-o-matic models do, but you can get remarkably close and the tone from this bridge is great.

The original Gretsch hard-shell case is included.


 

Price: $4724 CAD
  • Model: 6112TCB-WF Limited Edition Falcon Jr. White
  • Year: 2016
  • Finish Vintage White Gloss
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: JT16041352
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 20/12/2017

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITIES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Scale Length: 625mm 24.6in
  • Nut Width: 43mm 1 11/16in
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