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Gretsch advertisement (1963)

The Famous Basie Rhythm & that Great Gretsch Sound

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This advert for Gretsch guitars and drums highlights the Count Basie rhythm section of Freddie Green on guitar and Sonny Payne on drums. Freddie Green is pictured with the Gretsch Eldorado.


    Gretsch advertisement (1963) The Famous Basie Rhythm & that Great Gretsch Sound

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    1958 Gretsch Anniversary Original vintage Model 6124 Ebony 2-tone green PAF

    1958 Gretsch Anniversary Original vintage Model 6124 Ebony 2-tone green PAF

    Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is an original 1958 Gretsch Anniversary Model 6124 two-tone Smoke Green in very nice condition, with an ebony fretboard that has excellent frets. She is ALL original, no cracks-breaks-repairs (except a neck reset) with some very light weather checking. She is an original two tone green sweet-pea from the Golden era of guitars in spectacular condition with her original hard shell case. She also includes a very rare original 1950's palm tremolo that simply clamps on the strings before the ... more
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    Used Gretsch G6120TG PE Nashville - Orange Stain

    Used Gretsch G6120TG PE Nashville - Orange Stain

    Winchester, Virginia, 226**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Used Gretsch G6120TG PE Nashville - Orange ... more
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    VINTAGE 1953 Gretsch Synchromatic (100)

    VINTAGE 1953 Gretsch Synchromatic (100)

    Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a vintage 1954 Gretsch 6014-5 Synchromatic archtop acoustic with a sunburst finish. Known by this time as the Model 100, this script logo 16?? archtop has a Solid Spruce top and arched Birdseye Maple back and sides. The three-piece maple neck has a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays and a bound neck and headstock. Its tuners, stair step bridge, and harp tailpiece are all original. It is missing its pickguard, but looks great as is, revealing amazing checking in its ... more
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    Gretsch Guitar Strings EAGLE BRAND 234 Silvered Steel BOX w 10 Strings 1930s

    Gretsch Guitar Strings EAGLE BRAND 234 Silvered Steel BOX w 10 Strings 1930s

    Shiocton, Wisconsin, 541**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    I have up for sale a wonderful vintage original circa 1930s Gretsch EAGLE BRAND #234 Box of 10 " Wound on Silvered Steel " Strings along with the original box. The strings are unused and the box is in super nice condition
    Please view each and every pic , ask for more if needed - do so prior to purchase. Ask all questions prior to purchase and simply be a responsible buyer . I have provided lots of information and nice pics .
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    1955 Gretsch Country Club Vintage Hollowbody guitar

    1955 Gretsch Country Club Vintage Hollowbody guitar

    Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1955 Gretsch Country Club, Hard to find Blonde finish, Gold hardware, Groverimperial tuners, Two DeArmond pickups, Cloud inlays, 17 inches wide body, ??G??Tailpiece, Magnificent instrument, EC, Original hard Tweed case.... more
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    1967 Gretsch White Falcon Mono Prototype Rare No F holes Pinstripe Binding !

    1967 Gretsch White Falcon Mono Prototype Rare No F holes Pinstripe Binding !

    Ladera Ranch, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1967 Gretsch White Falcon Mono Prototype Unbelievably rare find. Bound pinstripe Sparkle binding. 2 Powertron pickups and NO F Holes! Possibly the only one like this made maybe a custom order. It does not get any cooler than this, has a big neck as well. The guitar is 100% All original no issues, Original Frets in great shape. All the electronics work as they should, come with original case.... more
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    1960s Gretsch Electric Guitar String Retainer Bar & Base for Corvette

    1960's Gretsch Electric Guitar String Retainer Bar & Base for Corvette

    Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This listing is for an original 1960's Vintage Gretsch String Retainer and base. This one came off a Gretsch Corvette but this type of string retainer can be found of various Gretsch guitar models such as the Astro Jet and other Gretsch models. The piece is in good shape and comes with the mounting screws pictured. Please look at the pictures and message us with any questions.
    Thanks for looking!
    ... more
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    1940s vintage gretsch jet 21 acoustic archtop Guitar Electric

    1940s vintage gretsch jet 21 acoustic archtop Guitar Electric

    Chatsworth, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1940s vintage gretsch jet 21 acoustic archtop Guitar Electric.
    Nice acoustic arch top jet 21 early model rare
    ... more
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    1960 Gretsch Jet Firebird Vintage Electric Guitar

    1960 Gretsch Jet Firebird Vintage Electric Guitar

    Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1960 Gretsch Jet Firebird, Great looking vivid Red finish, Two fantastic sounding PAF Filtertron pickups, Ebony fingerboard, 1 67 incheswide at the nut, Weighs 7 Lbs 7 oz, Sounds good acoustically and amped up!Gorgeous and cool, VG++, Original hard case
    ... more
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    GRETSCH 2013 Hot Rod Walt ONE-OF-A-KIND Pinstripe ELECTRIC Guitar w /  HS Case WOW

    GRETSCH 2013 Hot Rod Walt ONE-OF-A-KIND Pinstripe ELECTRIC Guitar w / HS Case WOW

    Louisville, Kentucky, 402**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    HELLO, and WELCOME to kentuckyrebel'srock'n'rollheaven, where I've specialized in selling MUSIC MEMORABILIA for over TWENTY YEARS on eBAY (and MANY MORE YEARS in the outside world, long before the advent of online auctions)!
    THANKS, too, for the interest in my music group's last CD, "LISTEN UP IT'S THE ECHOES " --free downloadable samples being AVAILABLE ONLINE at AllMusic and, of course, THE ECHOES OFFICIAL WEBSITE--and for the overwhelming response to our follow-up CD, "NOW HEAR THIS, " ... more
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    Vintage Gretsch 7576 Country Club Natural 1980

    Vintage Gretsch 7576 Country Club Natural 1980

    Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage Gretsch 7576 Country Club Natural 1980
    100% original & a great player with a rich, woody tone. Fully inspected & professionally set up with fresh strings & low action, so it plays & sounds fantastic!
    Cosmetic Condition: Wonderful condition for being 44 years old - various little nicks, dents & dings; scratches & some tarnish on the gold hardware
    Neck: Slender profile maple neck ... more
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    1962 Gretsch 6186 Clipper Sunburst

    1962 Gretsch 6186 Clipper Sunburst

    Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Just in is this great 1962 gretsch 6186 Clipper
    Quick Details
    Weight 5 4lbs
    Nut width 1 67 inches
    Depth at 1st fret 0 82 inches
    Depth at 10th fret 0 88 inches
    This Clipper is in great shape and a joy to play
    This guitar has had the tuners replaced
    It also at one point had a Bigsby on it. It now has an original unit that would have been found on these guitars. You can see an extra screw hole by the strap Burton from wear the bigsby was. There is also so wear on the ... more
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    Gretsch Eagle Brand Vintage Banjo String Assortment 5-Boxes 1st-5th Broadkaster

    Gretsch Eagle Brand Vintage Banjo String Assortment 5-Boxes 1st-5th Broadkaster

    Boston, Massachusetts, 021**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This listing is for the five box assortment of NOS vintage Eagle Brand / Gretsch banjo strings as shown.
    The individual boxes are as follows:
    #260 "Broadkaster" 1st - contains 7 individually wrapped strings#262 "Gretsch" 2nd - contains 14 individually wrapped strings#264 3rd - contains 7 individually wrapped strings#266 4th - contains 5 individually wrapped strings#268 5th - contains 8 individually wrapped strings
    NOTE: I have not inspected each string for condition, and this ... more
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    Gretsch 1964 Anniversary Model 6124 Guitar #76640 - Used

    Gretsch 1964 Anniversary Model 6124 Guitar #76640 - Used

    Durham, North Carolina, 277**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Store About Policies Contact Store About Shipping Financing Support Contact... more
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    Vintage 1960s Grover Kidney Button Tuners Gretsch White Falcon Viking Country

    Vintage 1960's Grover Kidney Button Tuners Gretsch White Falcon Viking Country

    Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
    A completely original and fantastic
    Vintage original 1960's Grover - Gretsch Tuner Set
    Gold finish and in nice shape with the original ferrules and screws
    Correct for a variety of Gretsch guitars including the White Falcon, Viking and Country Gentlemen
    These are great tuners - made to outlast the human race
    Perfect working shape and ready for your 60's Gretsch!
    Get it back to stock, get... more
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    Vintage 1969 Gretsch Model 6162 Tremolo Reverb Guitar Amp Combo Gray

    Vintage 1969 Gretsch Model 6162 Tremolo Reverb Guitar Amp Combo Gray

    Santa Monica, California, 904**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Up for sale is this awesome vintage Gretsch Model 6162 Tremolo Reverb amp!  It's one that you rarely see   This wonderful piece comes from 1969 and it has all the vintage mojo you'd want   1969 also gave us man landing on the moon, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, and the Internet   Yes, the thing you're reading this on, the Internet, was invented in 1969   But that's besides the point - lets get back to this amp
    The Gretsch 6162 features ... more
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    Vintage 1967 GRETSCH 6157 Super Bass piggyback amp amplifier 2x12 tube valco

    Vintage 1967 GRETSCH 6157 Super Bass piggyback amp amplifier 2x12 tube valco

    Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, 107**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    ===FOR LOCAL PICKUP ONLY in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706===
    Vintage GRETSCH Super Bass piggyback amp
    This Valco-made amp from the 1960's was originally designed for bass players but its 6L6GC and 2x12" configuration found favor with guitar players looking for clean headroom with the unmistakable "American" flavor Valco amps offer
    70 Watt amplifier. This head gets loud!
    2x12" bass cabinet. The tolex is in very good condition
    While it is functional, it does need some attention ... more
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    1940s Gretsch Model 40 Hawaiian Guitar

    1940's Gretsch Model 40 Hawaiian Guitar

    Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Just in is this great old Gretsch Model 40 Hawaiian Guitar from the 1940's
    The guitar is in good shape for its age. It has had the bridge secured at some point with screws
    There is also a thin crack on the heel of the neck on the Bass side that looks like it has been there for a long time and had been filed with glue. It is structurally sound and will not cause any other issues
    Tuners are also older replacements
    The rest of the guitar is in good shape
    Will be shipped in ... more
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    Gretsch Anniversary Model 6125 hollow body electric guitar w /  case vintage 1964

    Gretsch Anniversary Model 6125 hollow body electric guitar w / case vintage 1964

    West Chester, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    vintage 1964 Gretsch Anniversary Model 6125 hollow body electric guitar. Setup for optimal playability with Daddario EXL115w strings (2 / 5 / 24). Comes with vintage hard case. Circular impression on neck heel, some binding appears sto have been broken and reglued around the neck jjoint, possible side crack near neck pocket. Tje vibrola is missing one wheel screw and felt. Finish checking consistent with age. Guitar weighs 6lb 1oz
    s / n 73476
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    1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet firebird Red

    1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet firebird Red

    Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Just in is this incredibly clean 1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet Firebird
    Quick Details
    Weight 7 6lbs
    Width at nut 1 76
    Depth at 1st 0 90
    Depth at 12th 0 95
    We are so excited to have probably the cleanest 1956 Gretsch 611's out there
    This Jet Firebird is all original and in absolutely amazing shape. The paint and finish is all original and in like new shape. There is small finish shrinkage around the neck joint from a neck reset
    The Factory installed DeArmond Dynasonic pickups ... more
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    1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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    1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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    1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

    1972 Fender Precision bass

    1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

    1967 Vox Stroller

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    1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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    1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

    1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

    1959 Hofner Committee

    1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

    1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

    1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

    1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

    1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

    1965 Hofner President

    1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

    1963 1964 Fender catalog

    Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.