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Gretsch PX-6129 Silver Jet Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1962)
Gretsch PX-6129 Silver Jet Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1962), made in Brooklyn, NY, silver sparkle top, natural back and sides finish, mahogany body with laminated maple top, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original two-tone hard shell case.
Simply one of the coolest and flashiest Gretsch guitars ever, the Silver Jet is a perpetually much sought after model among connoisseurs of the Brooklyn company's instruments. All versions of the original Silver Jet are very rare; this one dates to 1962, a time when the model was produced only in tiny numbers at best. The most distinctive features of this era's Jet is the new double cutaway body style introduced in late 1961, which changed the character of the guitar and updated it to a more "modern" '60's aesthetic. At the same time, gold plated hardware was made standard and the UK-designed Burns tremolo was added-a strange fitting for an American instrument! The other typical appointments are the twin patent-number Filter'Tron pickups, "Space Control" "neo-classic" fingerboard inlay and 3-knob, 3 switch wiring scheme. The eye-catching silver sparkle top is made of the same Nitron plastic material Gretsch used to cover drum shells-Gretsch was also a drum factory after all. Even in the populuxe 1950's this model could be seen as gaudy…by the 1960's the Duo Jet and Jet Fire Bird with black and red painted tops were still fairly popular but the silver-topped variant is rarely seen.
In 1961 all these semi-solid models had adopted the double cutaway body style; this style Silver Jet was in production for only about 5 years…by which time Gretsch charged an extra $20.00 for the sparkle feature! The Silver Jet remains one of the most collectible of Gretsch guitars; along with the White Falcon it represents the Gretsch aesthetic at its most exuberant.
Overall length is 39 3/4 in. (101 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). A very nice example of this rare Gretsch Jet, with no visible repairs or modifications and only some general light wear overall. There is one deep ding in the back of the neck behind the 3rd fret, otherwise only minor finish wear. Complete and original except the arm for the Burns trem is missing, and the upper strap button is a correct style re-issue. This guitar appears to have been originally fitted with a small back pad like the Princess model-the studs are still in place but the pad itself is missing. The plastic componenents of this instrument are in much better condition than most Gretsch guitars of this period-there is very little shrinkage to the sparkle top covering (a common issue on these) and the binding shows no deterioration at all; there are a few cracks at the corners of the pickup mounting rings but they are still intact. The original label is missing-on Jets of this era it was glued to the underside of the plastic switch cover plate, and it appears to have simply fallen off, so the serial number is lost. The neck angle on this guitar is excellent and this is a very good playing and fantastic sounding guitar-and nothing beats the way it looks! Includes a very fine OHSC. Overall Excellent - Condition.
Item # 6430
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