Vintage Gretsch Guitars

1958 G6122 Refurb Questions

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The threaded open end shaft

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By the way, that's me on the left (1966) with the same gent on these pages. Oh my goodness, those outfits.

All fun comments are welcome.

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That's a big improvement with minimal effort. Nicely done. My potential source for tuners didn't pan out, so I'm glad this approach did.

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First, the tuners look really nice.

Great pic. Every group's dream back then, matching "outfits"............as my mom used to say! Lol

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Yep, just before bell bottoms and tie die.

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Sweet guitar. I’m not a huge fan of Gents, but I’d take one of these ‘58s in a heartbeat.

Not to put a downer on the replacement tuners - those are waaaay better and more in keeping than the white ones - modern stairstep tuners are a little different to the originals as they have one less ‘step’. With those modern ones you’re 95% there, but try to keep an eye out for some originals if you can.

Good luck with the rest of the restoration. Curt or Joe (Desperado - also resident here) are both great craftsmen and have tackled far bigger jobs than this with great results.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Frank and seeing this Guitar, the pictures don’t do it justice, it’s stunning. Coming your way Curt

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Sweet guitar. I’m not a huge fan of Gents, but I’d take one of these ‘58s in a heartbeat.

Not to put a downer on the replacement tuners - those are waaaay better and more in keeping than the white ones - modern stairstep tuners are a little different to the originals as they have one less ‘step’. With those modern ones you’re 95% there, but try to keep an eye out for some originals if you can.

Good luck with the rest of the restoration. Curt or Joe (Desperado - also resident here) are both great craftsmen and have tackled far bigger jobs than this with great results.

– Deke Martin

Deke, you echoed my thoughts exactly on the tuners, but I wasn't capable of putting it as well as you. Original Imperial tuners have a more defined, sculpted appearance and a Gent like this deserves the best. That said, I have been quite happy with modern Imperials.

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Pleasure was mine sir. Hope to see your collection soon.

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I completely agree regarding the imperials but until I can locate some suitable originals these are ok. I mainly wanted to see if it would work. Thanks so much for the comments, I really do appreciate it guys.

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What a beautiful guitar! These earliest batches were very special. May I ask why you think it needs new binding? In the closeup photos, I am seeing some cracks in the binding, but not the kind of raw deterioration that is more common in the guitars from 1961-63. If the binding isn't falling off the guitar, and isn't causing the metal parts to tarnish with outgassing, personally I'd much rather have the original in place. But I can't see all of it from the photos.

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What a beautiful guitar! These earliest batches were very special. May I ask why you think it needs new binding? In the closeup photos, I am seeing some cracks in the binding, but not the kind of raw deterioration that is more common in the guitars from 1961-63. If the binding isn't falling off the guitar, and isn't causing the metal parts to tarnish with outgassing, personally I'd much rather have the original in place. But I can't see all of it from the photos.

– apossibleworld

The binding is actually chipping off in a few areas and I have cleaned up the metal parts a few times. I didn't realize tarnishing was a result of the outgasing from the binding until I started reading through these pages. Thank you for the comments.

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Okay, so here's the latest addition. I had a pickguard made and it came today. I tried several stock templates from that era but non were just right. I traced the one I had on it and came up with this. Thank you Mick Quick.

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I submit this with great respect to Mr. Quick. That guard is a nice addition for now, and looks Ok. But for a guitar of this calibre and rarity, you really should consider getting amore accurate guard. Note the subtleties of the Gretsch logo, and how it differs from your guard.

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Here are some other '58 6122's for reference...

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These are all from the second batch (#278xx) of two from that model year.

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These are amazing guitars... and deserve top shelf restoration.

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Wow, those are beautiful. Are those reproduction guards? So my 27863 is from that second run as well?

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Wow, those are beautiful. Are those reproduction guards? So my 27863 is from that second run as well?

– ftmarino

To my knowledge those are all original guards. Yes... your guitar is from the second 50 unit group of Gents produced for 1958. Only 100 total 6122 guitars that year... so that's why yours is so special. Take good care of her... and play her with pride!

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These are amazing guitars... and deserve top shelf restoration.

– kc_eddie_b

I looked at this photo and thought, "Shame about that scratch from the Bigsby to the pickguard." Then noticed my guitar had a similar scratch in this photo. Oops, a reflection from the arm and not a scratch.


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