Up for sale, a 1961 Gretsch 6124 Single Anniversary in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Fully hollow and upgraded with a Porter Filter'Tron humbucker (original HiLo'Tron also included), this guitar benefits from the smooth attack and natural warmth of the fully hollow body construction. The parallel tone bar bracing inside the body gives the instrument a lively, crisp acoustic tone which translates well through the pickup. Featuring Alnico V magnets, the Filter'Tron delivers a thick, full signal with the right amount of chime, well-balanced across all strings for a tonal character that's distinctly "Gretsch." The guitar is featherweight at 5lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 11-50 roundwound strings with a wound G.
The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 9th. The fretboard is a particularly dynamic cut of Brazilian rosewood with arching grain patterns, featuring thumbnail inlay and retaining the original slender frets which are remarkably clean, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The scale length measures 24.6", and the 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 particularly clean, and the Anniversary badge is intact. The original open-gear Waverly tuning machines turn smoothly with clean plating and metal buttons.
The electronics include the Porter Filter'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 and original G pointer knob, while the floating rosewood bridge with compensated saddle is a modern replacement (stock Space Control bridge is also included).
This Gretsch boasts a positively gleaming and 100% original three-tone Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish framed by completely original binding. The binding is exceedingly clean save for one small (and very common) spot of off gassing on the inside edge of the cutaway at the neck joint. The binding is stable in this area. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to just a few tiny scuffs on the body as a whole and a couple shallow marks on the neck profile length which retains its smooth gloss with no palm wear.
A modern black tolex TKL hardshell case is included, along with the original HiLo'Tron single coil pickup and Space Control bridge.