Up for sale, a 1960 Gretsch 6125 Anniversary in excellent condition and in perfect working order with a two-tone Smoke Green gloss nitro lacquer finish. Fully hollow and featuring an early Hilo'Tron single coil pickup, this guitar balances snap, twang, and jangle with the smooth attack and warmth of the maple body construction. The parallel tone bar bracing inside the body gives the instrument a lively, crisp acoustic tone, which translates well through the pickup, delivering a clarity and midrange character that sounds distinctly "Gretsch." The guitar is lightweight at 6lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and fresh 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with slight shoulders and a fast feel in every register, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard features pearl thumbnail inlay, professionally refretted with nigh flawless vintage-spec fretwire. The scale length measures 24.6", and the carved bone nut has a full 1 11/16" width, perfect for easy chording and accurate lead lines without feeling cramped. On the headstock, the Gretsch inlay is clean, and the Anniversary badge is intact. The original Waverly chrome-plated open-gear tuning machines turn very smoothly, holding pitch as they should.
All of the original electronics are intact, with the Hilo'Tron wired to a single Volume knob and three-way tone switch (bypassed in the middle). The stock chrome hardware is in fantastic shape, with a clean "G" trapeze tailpiece, original G arrow knob, pickup bezel, and "Space Control" bridge which allows you to adjust the string spacing on the fly if desired, complete with the original ebony base. The bridge is at its lowest point of adjustment, yet action is comfortable in every register. A modern exact replica back-painted plexi pickguard has been installed, furnished by Quick Guards. Visible through the oversized F hole, the original Gretsch paper label is present.
The Smoke Green two-tone nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the top is very clean, exhibiting faint aging of the clear coat, along with just a few isolated spots of lacquer checking and a few tiny nicks. There is a targeted spot of buckle rash central to the back, extending to the bass-side lower bout, and some additional minor finish scratches and marks on the back. The neck profile shows palm wear through the nitro gloss behind frets 1-4 and a bit further up the treble side fretboard edge, with a tiny bit of finish chipping central to the carve where the two pieces of maple meet clean and flush, imperceptible to the palm while fretting.
A modern green tweed Guild-branded hardshell case is included.