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Gretsch Sparkle Jet G6129T with Bigsby Silver Sparkle, 2007

Gretsch Sparkle Jet G6129T with Bigsby Silver Sparkle, 2007

Guitar makers and players sometimes don’t want to go for an understated approach, and the Gretsch Sparkle Jet G6129T is a case in point. Featuring a wildly metallic sparkle layer on top of chambered, single cut Mahogany body with Maple laminate top, the Sparkle Jet is anything but subtle. The Gretsch Jet models were introduced in 1955 as a response to the Gibson Les Paul. At the time, Gretsch was resistant to solidbody designs and so the Jet is heavily chambered. The Mahogany back has spaces routed into it, and a Maple laminate top is applied.

Used
Price: $2,650.00 CAD
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Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville 6120 Orange, 1967

Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville 6120 Orange, 1967

The Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville appeared in 1964, identical to the previous year’s 6120 model in almost every respect aside from the name. Introduced in 1954 as a full-bodied, single cutaway archtop equipped with DeArmond Dynasonic single coil pickups until the new humbucking Filter ‘Tron pickups appeared in 1958, in the early 1960s the Gretsch 6120 underwent a major change.

Vintage
Price: $3,999.99 CAD
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Gretsch Chet Atkins 6122 Country Gentleman Thinline Archtop Walnut, 1963

Gretsch Chet Atkins 6122 Country Gentleman Thinline Archtop Walnut, 1963

Here we’re looking at a Gretsch Chet Atkins 6122 Country Gentleman built during 1963, the same year as Harrison’s. This fine example is in very good condition, and is original except for the addition of a Gibson style, gold plated tune-o-matic bridge in place of the rocking bar bridge. The finish is worn on the neck where it’s been played – the frets are original and have expected wear – but the guitar has been well cared for and the finish is in overall good condition.

Vintage
Price: $6,500.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville Archtop Electric, Orange 2003

❌SOLD❌ Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville  Archtop Electric, Orange 2003

The Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville reproduces the 1955 6120 models whose popularity was led by Chet Atkins.  These are named Nashville because the license agreement with Atkins lapsed in 1980 with the end of Gretsch production.  Atkins signed a new agreement with Gibson in 1981,  and in 2007 Gretsch was able to renew the relationship.  The Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville  model,  with a few changes – primarily the Chet pickguard, Gold Bigsby with vintage handle, aluminum vs brass nut  and pickups by TV Jones rather than Seymour Duncan – is now called the G6120T-55 Vintage Select Edition ’55 Chet Atkins®.  The core of the guitar and other hardware are the same.

Used
Price: $2,800.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌Gretsch 6125 Single Anniversary Smoke Green, 1959

❌SOLD❌Gretsch 6125 Single Anniversary Smoke Green, 1959

The Gretsch 6125 Single Anniversary appeared in 1958 as an evolution of the Streamliner, itself based on the popular Chet Atkins 6120 model and in 1959 featured Trestle Bracing and the new patent applied for Filter ‘Tron hum cancelling pickup designed by Ray Butts. Here we’re looking at an all original Gretsch 6125 Single Anniversary in Smoke Green Two Tone. It’s in very nice condition, a very good neck angle and minimal wear to the finish and frets. There is a bit of binding damage, typical to Gretsch models of the era (due to long-term interaction between the binding and the binding glue), only on the short piece of binding next to the heel on the cutaway.

Vintage
Price: $2,999.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gretsch 6131 Jet Firebird, 1962

❌SOLD❌ Gretsch 6131 Jet Firebird, 1962

Here’s a rarity – a Gretsch 6131 Jet Firebird in great condition and dating to 1962, its second year as a double cutaway.   This model is perhaps most visually associated with the late Malcolm Young of AC/DC.   The Gretsch G6131 Jet appeared in 1955, following the 1953 release of the Duo-Jet, perhaps as the Gretsch response to the Gibson Les Paul. At that point it featured a single cutaway body with an arched top – but instead of being solid, the body was chambered to reduce weight and produce a more ‘acoustic’ tone, towards Gretsch’s other arched-top models. The pattern of an archtop-style floating bridge rather than a fixed bridge like the Les Paul was still used.

Vintage
Price: $5,999.99 CAD

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