Up for sale, a 1956 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet in excellent condition and in perfect working order. One of the very first Duos to feature a lacquered top (as opposed to the Nitro drum material used on the first examples), this stunning iteration of the Duo Jet is 100% original save for a professional neck reset. Particularly well-kept, the guitar features the original nigh flawless pickguard, perfect original transparent tortoise pickup risers, and original binding that shows zero shrinkage or off-gassing.
Gretsch's Duo Jet delivers a natural upper midrange honk and bark, thanks to the chambered mahogany body, augmented by the smooth detail and warmth of a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The original pair of DeArmond Dynasonic single coils are sweet, authoritative, and (as the name would suggest) very sensitive to a player's picking dynamics. There's a bell-like twang and roundness to single notes played on the bridge pickup, while the neck position single coil has quite a bit of woof and thickness while still retaining great string to string balance and clarity. The instrument weighs 7lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with optimal intonation, low action, and 10-46 roundwound strings.
The mahogany neck has a full “baseball bat” C profile carve with a round, inviting shape and generous shoulders. It's an infinitely playable and substantial shape, measuring .895" deep at the 1st fret and 1.075" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard features block inlay and slender “banjo” frets which have their full factory height, showing moderate uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 5. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24.6" scale with a straight neck and responsive truss rod. The original carved bone nut measures a full 1 3/4" in width, and the headstock retains the original Waverly tuning machines which have particularly clean buttons and still turn smoothly, functioning as intended.
The electronics include the original pair of DeArmond Dynasonic pickups, wired to the stock harness (original solder obscures the pot codes). The control array is complete with the original arrow knobs, including individual pickup Volume knobs, a Master Tone, and a Master Volume knob on the treble side cutaway. The original Gretsch label is fully intact in the control cavity, dating to late '56. The chrome plating on the "G" trapeze tailpiece and Dynasonic pickup bezels is particularly clean, and the original elevated back-painted lucite pickguard is in stunning condition, as are the original tortoise pickup risers. The original Melita bridge is completely original save for one new A string thumb screw and saddle slider (not pictured). The bridge has ample room for adjustment on both thumbwheels, thanks to a professional neck reset, ensuring the neck meets the body at the ideal angle.
The finish is original with no touchup or overspray, and the Black nitro lacquer is particularly glossy, with prominent checking both on the top and the headstock face. The finish is framed by original binding that shows some spots of ambering and zero off-gassing. Cosmetic wear includes localized buckle rash at the bass-side waist on the back, and some additional minor scuffs and nicks consistent with light, careful use, mostly relegated to the back and body parameter. The neck profile shows faint horizontal lacquer checking and only a few minor marks which aren't distracting to the palm in the slightest while fretting.
A gray modern Gretsch hardshell case is included.