Up for sale, a 1955 Gretsch Roundup G6130 in excellent condition, complete with the original two-tone "Cowboy" hardshell case. The Roundup 6130 model produced from 1954-56 is arguably the most iconic iteration of Gretsch's Duo Jet platform, and distinctive Western aesthetic touches include riveted tooled leather banding on the body perimeter, a brass belt buckle trapeze tailpiece, a engraved steer head pickguard, Gretsch "G" branded into the top, and cactus, steer head and fence block fretboard inlay. Costing a premium in 1955 dollars at $325, relatively few 6130 Roundups were produced.
Outfitted with its original DeArmond DynaSonic single coils, this iconic Gretsch pickup has great power and midrange presence, with the top end twang and articulation that has made this instrument a favorite for Rockabilly and Western Swing. The chambered mahogany body and maple top ensures a barking acoustic profile with appreciable volume and a full, airy presence. The instrument weighs 7lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 12th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard has been freshly refretted with vintage-spec slender fretwire, featuring clean Western block inlay. The guitar plays effortlessly up the 24.6" scale, with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The replacement hand-carved bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width. The bound headstock face features a maple veneer, steer head inlay, and original gold open-gear Waverly tuners.
All of the electronics are original and function as intended, with knurled gold "arrow" knobs and the original thin tortoise pickup risers on both DeArmond Dynasonics. The control layout consists of individual Volume knobs for each pickup as well as a Master Tone, with a Master Volume on the treble side cutaway horn and three-way pickup selector switch on the upper bout. The original serialized label is intact inside the control cavity. Hardware includes a Melita bridge and belt buckle trapeze tailpiece, and the gold plating is largely retained. The bridge has room for adjustment on both thumbwheels, and the neck has just been professionally reset in-house, meeting the body at an ideal angle. A replacement dark transparent tortoise pickguard with steer head graphic has been furnished courtesy of Quick Guards.
The original Western Orange Stain nitro lacquer finish exhibits buckle rash on the back through much of the thin nitro lacquer, and there is additional lighter finish wear across the pick path, adjacent to the pickup selector, and where the forearm crosses the top. There is wear along the back body edge, and some additional dings and finish scuffs consistent with decades of honest use. The neck profile has been worn to the smooth, bare maple along the majority of the carve.
The original two-tone "Cowboy" hardshell case is included.