Up for sale, a 1955 Gretsch 6129 Silver Jet in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A first year example, this stunning iteration of the Duo Jet (known colloquially as the Sparkle Jet) is capped with a silver sparkle material which Gretsch sourced from its popular line of drums, capping the chambered mahogany body and incredibly well-preserved with densely-packed sparkles and only faint aging of the clear coat of the gloss. 100% original save for a professional refret, this Silver Jet comes complete with the original tweed Gretsch hardshell case.
Gretsch's Silver Jet delivers a natural upper midrange honk and bark, thanks to the chambered body, augmented by the glassy, snappy attack of an ebony fingerboard. The original pair of Dynasonic single coils are sweet, authoritative, and (as the name would suggest) very sensitive to a player's picking dynamics. There's a bell-like twang and roundness to single notes played on the bridge pickup, while the neck position single coil has quite a bit of woof and thickness while still retaining great string to string balance and clarity. The instrument weighs a modest 7lbs 9oz too. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Duo Jet is dialed in with optimal intonation, low action, and 11-48 roundwound strings.
The mahogany neck offers a modestly chunky C shape with moderate shoulder at the nut, tapering to a rounder, heartier carve by the 8th fret and beyond, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and 1.035" at the 12th. The ebony board features block inlay and a clean refret with medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have ample height and crown, currently showing zero wear and playing cleanly up the 24.6" scale. The carved bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width, and the headstock retains the original Waverly tuning machines which have particularly clean buttons and still turn smoothly, functioning as intended.
The electronics are untouched, with both original DeArmond Dynasonic pickup intact, and original (not deteriorated) transparent tortoise pickup risers. The control array is complete with the original arrow knobs, with individual pickup Volume knobs, a Master Tone, and a Master Volume knob on the treble side cutaway. The original Gretsch label is fully intact in the control cavity, and the original IRC pots are intact, dating to the 39th week of 1954. The original Melita bridge and trapeze tailpiece round out the hardware compliment, with clean chrome plating and wear limited to some targeted patina on the bridge pickup cover and bass side of the Melita. The original elevated pickguard is intact too.
Wear includes one small repaired crack across the bass side third of the neck heel and a spot of touchup on the dowel, and the neck binding has a couple small repaired splits, common with binding shrinkage. The nitro lacquer is original save for the touchup on the neck dowel, with buckle rash across the back and a sliver of wear through the mahogany on the back lower bout edge, with some requisite dings and nicks on the back and body parameter as well. The neck profile finish is very smooth, showing palm wear down to the bare mahogany primarily on the treble side shoulder. Wear on the neck profile is otherwise fairly restrained, with a few shallow marks along the profile carve, but nothing deep or distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original tweed form-fit hardshell case is included with burgundy plush interior and Gretsch banner on the inside of the lid. The case retains its original binding, functional latches, and stock handle, with only light wear on the lower bout edge.