Up for sale, a 1959 Gretsch Country Club 6101 Stereo model in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. A premier Gretsch model with short lived Project-o-Sonic stereo circuitry (also viable with a 1/4" mono cable), this rare Gretsch boasts its early pair of closely spaced original Filter'Trons with pole pieces on only half of each pickup, in-line with the model's stereo functionality. The Country Club boasts a full 17" lower bout, 2 1/4" body depth, and 25 1/2" scale length, structurally identical to the Gretsch White Falcon. An array of golden-era Gretsch features include trestle bracing, thumbnail fretboard inlays, gold hardware, Grover Imperial tuners, and G arrow knobs.
The hollow body provides a big, relaxed natural sound that retains ideal percussive cut and immediacy, thanks in large part to both the maple construction and trestle bracing, channeling a broad array of classic Gretsch tonalities via the original pair of Filter’Tron humbuckers. Each pickup has dedicated three-way on/off/on Tone toggle switches, with individual Volume knobs for each pickup and a three-way pickup selector on the treble-side cutaway. The neck pickup is meaty and round-sounding while still being clear and sparkly, offering the kind of tonal breadth and detail consistent with the reputation of Gretsch's golden age instruments, and while the bridge pickup provides great clarity, it also has a bold and full broadband punch. Given the pickup spacing on the 6101 model, the pairing of the two Filter'Trons produced wholly unique sounds with great nuance and shading when favoring either the bass or treble strings. The guitar weighs 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 11-49 roundwound strings.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and an easy-playing feel, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 9th. The ebony fretboard features multi-ply binding, red side dots, and pearl thumbnail inlays, with original slender fretwire. The frets have their full factory height, showing moderate uniform wear beneath the strings on frets 1-4, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 9. The guitar plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive truss rod. The fretboard measures 1 11/16" in width at the zero fret, just forward of the carved bone nut. The headstock retains the original gold Grover Imperial tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The electronics are original, with an untouched wiring harness. Visible through the oversized bound F hole, the original Gretsch badge is present, noting the 6101 model. All of the original hardware is intact on the body with uniform surface patina, including the Space Control bridge, G arrow knobs, and G trapeze tailpiece. The stock gold Gretsch-branded plexi pickguard is present too.
The nitro lacquer Sunburst finish is 100% original and very well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to light lacquer checking on top, a couple small spots of faint buckle rash at the bass-side waist and central to the back, and a few additional minor marks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. There is minor finish loss on the treble-side lower bout between the rear strap button and input jack, and palm wear through the nitro gloss on the neck profile most prominently behind frets 1-5.
The original dark blue/gray speckled Gretsch hardshell case is included. The case retains its original latches and handle, with a bonus extra vintage Gretsch handle also included. The original Space Control bridge leaflet and Project-o-Sonic circuitry manual are also included.