Gretsch Garage Sale

lookin for a 1961 beater axe

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anyone have a gretsch from 61 that they're lookin to unload?

gotta be hollow body, prefer 16 inch bouts and 2.5 deep.

holler.

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If it's a beater, what difference does the year make?

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this is an excellent question.

I'm a little neurotic...and i have a 58, 59, 60, & 62...

the 62 is a custom axe, me and Curt W. discussed doing another custom job and agreed 61 was the logical year!

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That makes sense (kinda) Hi Lo Annies were around by then... usualy plentiful and not too expensive. What's the right price for that red one posted in Vintage?

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i feel like because of the binding there could be some issues, so i think 500 is fair, but it's faaaar from that price. it's in pretty poor shape.

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1961 is a interesting year in Gretsch evolution. The '61 Corvette solid body (debut year) is about the only iteration of that model that I would pursue (especially if it was platinum grey). Likewise the rare '61 Duo Jet (without the Burns vibrato) is about the only double-cut Jet I would personally consider. The '61 version of the 6120 is the last of the single-cut 6120s, and is often the best value, as they tend to fetch a little less than the other model years. I think the '61 Gent model is viewed similarly. Likewise the early 60s ('61 inclusive) Country Clubs seem to be a little less valued by collectors, and deals can be had. So it's a pretty good model year to be seeking a Gretsch guitar from... some unique features, as well as more reasonable prices! Good luck on your quest!

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KC: it certainly is a transition year which is one of the reasons I'm so interested. of all my guitars right off the line I like the 1960 the best, buuuut....the 1962 that Curt modified plays and feels the best. The problem is I really do have some amazing examples from each year. They all play incredible (I'm currently waiting on a neck reset on a 59 and I just know I'm gonna love it).

I did spot this gem...which looks ripe for a resurrection, and the serial number is right on the line for 61...

thoughts?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/19...

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Rough looking repair!! Pawnshop...I'd call them and make an offer for if (when) it goes un-sold.

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I agree with Charlie to call them but I'd do it now. Of course mention all the things that need addressing that reduces the price then offer say $550 and mention that my next and last offer when it doesn't sell in a few weeks will be $500. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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It seems like a good candidate. gonna give em a call.


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