Up for sale, a 1956 Gretsch Streamliner 6189 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A golden-age Gretsch model only produced from 1955-58, this Streamliner features one of Gretsch's most popular and rare custom color combinations, with a Bamboo Yellow top and Copper Mist back, sides, and neck. This Gretsch is studio and stage-ready.
Essentially a single pickup 6120, the 6189 features identical construction and bracing to its two-pickup Chet Atkins-endorsed model from the same year, and the tone is everything you want a genuine '50s Gretsch to be. From the single neck position Dynasonic pickup, the electrified sound is big, bold, and bubbly, with the attack of maple and both an immediate snap and a full sound. The guitar feels very elegant and instantly responsive, sparkling and growling with the best and able to achieve many subtle tonal shades with the twist of the Volume or Tone knobs. The guitar weighs a mere 6lbs. We've had this Gretsch Streamliner professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with roundwound 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with round but not overly full shoulders and a hair more perceptible heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original slender "banjo" fretwire which is in remarkable shape, showing only a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. The fretboard features original cream binding with red side dots, as well as pearl hump block inlay. The bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Waverly tuning machines. And while not a fracture in the usual sense, there’s an extremely shallow V-shaped split on the back of the headstock, glued and clamped to ensure ideal stability at full string tension.
On the body, the original Melita bridge with carved ebony base is intact, along with the original pair of arrow knobs. The original Copper Mist pickguard is also present and near mint, and the Dynasonic pickup retains its original slender tortoise riser. The top has perfect curvature with no sinking, featuring parallel tone bar bracing. The neck heel is also structurally secure, and while there appears to be a tiny bit of lift at the heel cap, it’s actually the sides sloping fractionally away from the very straight heel.
The Bamboo Yellow nitro lacquer gloss top and Copper Mist back and sides are framed by perfect binding, with wear limited to a few tiny finish chips on the lower bout on top, and similarly restrained wear on the sides. There's a bit of light scuffing on the lower bout on the back, while the smooth gloss on the neck profile is free of palm wear with just a few very shallow nicks central to the carve.
An era-correct and extremely clean brown Lifton hardshell case is included with functional latches and original handle.