Up for sale, a 2012 Gretsch USA Custom Shop Stephen Stern Masterbuilt 1957 Duo Jet G6128-CS in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Arguably a more consistently made and expertly crafted guitar than Gretsch's vintage output, this Duo Jet was made in the USA by Gretsch Masterbuilder Stephen Stern. According to Gretsch:
"The Gretsch Custom Shop is where the time-honored legacy reaches its creative apex. No instruments epitomize the extraordinary expertise and attention to detail of Gretsch’s most trusted hands like Custom Shop instruments. From modern versions of legendary Gretsch instruments to artist tribute models and specially requested one-off guitars, the Gretsch Custom Shop takes “That Great Gretsch Sound” to an entirely new plane, but also preserves and perfects it."
The 1957 Duo Jet G6128-CS model features a custom color relic'd Shell Pink nitro lacquer finish on top, and tonewoods include a chambered mahogany body and a mahogany neck capped with a bound rosewood fingerboard. Outfitted with its pair of Seymour Duncan-made DynaSonic single coils, this iconic Gretsch pickup has great power and midrange presence, with the top end twang and articulation that has made this instrument a favorite for Rockabilly and Western Swing. The instrument weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a "Fat C" profile carve, a round, 50s-style Gretsch neck shape with just enough fullness in the shoulders, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard features hump block pearl inlay and slender vintage-style fretwire that shows only very light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The guitar plays effortlessly up the 24.6" scale, and the hand carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The bound headstock features the Gretsch Custom Shop waterslide decal and Stephen Stern signature, along with nickel open-gear Gotoh tuners.
All of the electronics work as they should, with knurled nickel-plated knobs. The control layout consists of individual Volume knobs for each pickup as well as a Master Tone, with a Master Volume on the treble side cutaway horn and three-way pickup selector switch on the upper bout. Hardware includes a bar bridge and Bigsby B3G vibrato tailpiece. The factory relic'd Shell Pink gloss nitro lacquer finish has shattered glass lacquer checking, a few simulated marks of wear, and patina'd hardware, with no playwear of note beyond Stephen Stern's relic treatment. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Custom Shop tweed hardshell case is included.