Up for sale, a 2014 Gretsch G6134-1962 White Penguin Double Cut FSR model in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. This Factory Special Run (FSR) version of the G6134 White Penguin was produced in very limited quantities, with purportedly only 16 made in the 1st run, featuring 1962 specs and what essentially amounts to a White Falcon trim package, with a gloss White finish, gold sparkle binding and headstock accents, and gold hardware.
With a chambered mahogany body and three-ply maple top, this White Penguin has a round-sounding natural acoustic bark and liveliness, qualities channeled faithfully through the Filter'Tron humbuckers. The pickups have a broad sonic range, yielding a punchy, sparkling bridge position sound that has plenty of muscle and breadth. The neck pickup is fat and smooth, with a distinctive thickness and cut that retains enough clarity for complex chording. This Gretsch weighs 8lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulders at the nut, gaining additional roundness and heft in the upper registers, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 12th. The bound ebony fingerboard has neo-classic thumbnail inlay and practically perfect medium jumbo fretwire, playing cleanly up the 24.6” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The fretboard width at the zero fret measures 1 11/16”, forward of the bone nut. The headstock features more gold sparkle trim including a vertical Gretsch logo, truss rod cover, and binding, and the gold-plated Grover Imperial tuning machines function smoothly.
Controls comprise independent Volume knobs for each Filter'Tron humbucker, with a Master Volume knob on the treble-side cutaway, a three-position pickup selector switch, a three-position Tone switch, and a Standby switch. All of the gold plated hardware is notably clean, and the Bigsby B3G vibrato has a '50s spec arm shape, seen on few models and notably more elegant in its feel than the standard Bigsby arm. The gold-plated brass "G' arrow knobs feature mother of pearl inlay and a faux ruby at the tip of the arrow. The back painted gold plexi pickguard has the Gretsch name and penguin graphic.
The gloss White finish is framed front and back by multi-ply gold sparkle binding, with cosmetic wear limited to just a couple minor dings along the lower bout perimeter and on the back, and some light scuffing on top along the strum path. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original Gretsch-branded hardshell case is included, along with a couple pieces of factory paperwork.