Gretsch 6129 Silver Jet 1956 Silver Sparkle

$ 22500.00

A Near Mint Early 1956 Gretsch 6129 Silver Jet The Brightest, Flashiest Silver Sparkle Top That We Have Ever Seen… In Its Original Straw Case”

1956 Gretsch 6129 Silver Jet

This 13 1/4-inch-wide guitar weighs just 7.90 lbs. Chambered mahogany
body, pressed arched top with silver sparkle plastic laminate.
One-piece mahogany neck with a wide nut width of just under 1 3/4
inches, a scale length of 24 3/4 inches and a very comfortable profile
rising gently from behind the 1st fret (0.83 inches), 0.87 behind the
3rd, 0.92 behind the 5th, 0.93 behind the 7th, 0.94 behind the 9th and
1.00 inches behind the 12th fret. Bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard
with 22 original thin frets and inlaid pearloid block position markers.
Headstock with inlaid pearl Gretsch “T-roof” logo. Four-ply binding
white over black binding on the top of the guitar. Individual Grover
StaTite open-back tuners with oval metal buttons. Two single-coil
DeArmond Dynasonic pickups with outputs of 3.17k and 3.61k. Silver
lucite pickguard. Four controls (two volume and one tone on the lower
treble bout and one master volume control on the treble horn), plus a
three-way pickup selector switch on upper bass bout. The pots are
stamped “615 518” (ROC, May 1955). Chrome knobs with cross-hatch pattern
on sides and unengraved flat tops. Black Melita Synchro-Sonic bridge
with chrome saddles on ebony base and chrome cut-out “G-hole flat”
tailpiece. The serial number “17856” printed on a label inside the
control cavity with the model number “6129.” The serial number is also
engraved on the outside of the control cavity cover. This is an
exceptionally clean and totally original example in strong (9.50) near
mint condition with one of the fattest “baseball bat” necks we have ever
seen. There is light playing wear to the first six frets and one small
‘divot’ on the fretboard just below the first block marker. There are
three tiny areas on the binding that show minimal shrinkage (no cracks)
inside the treble horn and inside the treble and bass waists. The
sparkle top is in absolutely perfect condition and is quite simply the
brightest, flashiest top we have ever seen. Complete with lots of
original case candy. Housed in the original straw-colored fitted case
with maroon plush lining and the original “Gretsch” ribbon (9.25).

Gretsch serial numbers for 1956 began with “17000” — this guitar was shipped from the factory in January of 1956.

“In 1953 Gretsch launched its first solidbody, the single-cutaway Duo
Jet. In fact, the guitar was a semi-solid with routed channels and
pockets inside, but the visual effect was certainly of a solidbody
instrument. In its early years the new Duo Jet had, unusually, a body
front covered in a black plastic material, as used on some Gretsch
drums. It also had Gretsch’s unique two-piece strap buttons (an early
take on the idea of locking strap buttons) and the Melita Synchro-Sonic
Bridge” (Tony Bacon, Electric Guitars: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, pp.
163-165).

“1954’s 6128 Duo Jet and the Model 6129 Silver Jet were fraternal
twins… The 6128’s shiny sibling the Model 6129 Silver Jet bears
precisely the same characteristics as its black brother with the obvious
exception, of course, of its silver sparkle Nitron drum material top.
Preeminently collectible on today’s vintage guitar market, the Silver
Jet occasionally appears with a factory-original, fixed-arm Bigsby B-3
aluminium vibrato tailpiece combined, not with a Bigsby bridge, but a
chrome-plated Melita. Bigsby tailpieces were not standard on any
Jet-series guitar (they were stock on the model 6121 Chet Atkins
Solidbody) but could be custom-ordered at the player’s request and at
extra charge; this rarely occurred, however. Despite the fact that
Gretsch had been making drums since the late-19th Century and offered a
wide variety of sparkle, pearl and metallic finishes on them, no single
cutaway Model 6129, or any other model number, with a sparkle top other
than silver sparkle has been uncovered… Earliest pickguards for 1954 are
white plastic without “Gretsch” inscribed on it… Duo Jets and Silver
Jets for 1955 looked exactly the same as their 1954 counter parts with
the exception of the aforementioned pickguard change: the white,
unengraved, uncut ‘guard is more globular, rounder than before, is clear
Lucite painted silver from the underside, pantograph-engraved on a
radius with a black “Gretsch” block letter logo, and is cut to fit
around the DeArmond pickups’ metal mounting rings.” (Jay Scott, Gretsch:
The Guitars of the Fred Gretsch Company, pp. 92-93). (#2267)