Up for sale, a 1958 Gretsch Streamliner 6189 in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. A golden-age Gretsch model with a feature set only seen in 1958, this Streamliner is identical in construction to the 6120, with trestle bracing, a Melita bridge, hump block inlay, and a very rare, early Filter'Tron humbucker with the smooth pre-PAF chrome cover. The guitar retains its original remarkably clean Bamboo Yellow and Copper Mist nitro lacquer two-tone finish.
From the single neck position Filter'Tron pickup, the electrified sound is thick and full with the right amount of chime and punch, well-balanced across all strings for a tonal character that's distinctly "Gretsch." 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 knob or flick of the three-way Tone switch. The guitar weighs 7lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with roundwound 11-49 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 ebony fretboard retains the original slender frets which are in remarkable shape, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The fretboard features original cream binding with red side dots, as well as pearl hump block inlay. An upgraded carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Waverly tuning machines. The treble-side headstock wing seam has also been cleanly reglued.
On the body, the original Melita bridge with carved ebony base is intact, along with the original G pointer knob. The original Copper Mist pickguard is also present and near mint, and the Filter'Tron is one of the very first production examples with a smooth cover, predating the "Pat Pending" embossed covers seen later in the '58 model year. The pickup cover has gleaming chrome plating with only a hint of oxidation on the sides, and the pickup ring is a modern replacement. The top has perfect curvature with no sinking, featuring Gretsch's highly prized trestle bracing.
The Bamboo Yellow nitro lacquer gloss top and Copper Mist back and sides are framed by perfect binding, with wear limited to light vertical lacquer checking across the body and a small spot of faint buckle rash at the bass-side waist on the back. There are a couple tiny spots of finish chipping on the neck heel and behind the nut, and a few additional minor marks central to the upper bout on the back.
The original hardshell case with a deep blue/gray speckled exterior is included. The Gretsch banner is intact on the inside case lid, with functional latches and the original handle.