Gretsch-GEAR Vikings 6187 Viking

1970 Gretsch 6187: 4-01XX

Owned by
Unknown
Body style
Double Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Sunburst
Fretboard
Ebony with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
Nut
Bone with zero fret
Pickups
SuperTron II
Tuners
Grover Imperial with "Kidney Bean" buttons
Controls
  • Master Volume
  • Neck pickup volume
  • Bridge pickup volume
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Tone Switch
  • Standby Switch
  • String Mute
  • Baldwin-Type knobs
Bridge
Space Control
Tailpiece
Bigsby B-6C (V-cutout)
Modifications

Neck reset with new fretboard in 2001. Zero fret replaced with regular nut. Completely rebound in rosewood and refinished in black sparkle.

Regular strap buttons, FSU removed. New foam pad on mute arm.

[update 09-2011]: put original strap locks back on. Replaced tone caps with more usable values (4.3nF, 9.6nF).

Unusual factory features

Floating Sound Unit, T-zone tempered fretboard. Supertron II in the neck; characteristic for post-'70 Vikings.

Added to Gretsch-GEAR
5 years ago Last modified 2014-11-14 16:51:44

The Gretsch model-tag is lost, but the previous owner (who had the work done) confirmed it started life as the most common Viking, the 6187.

It was sunburst when he got it, and the finish was much-played and worn. The neck had been poorly re-set at some point, so he gave it to the repair guy to fix that and told him to refinish it as well. I asked him how the metal-flake finish came to be and he said he told the repair guy to "surprise me". Which he did!

All the work was done by the late Terry Sayre of Groove Tone Guitars, Barboursville WV, in 2001. The receipt of the work is still with the guitar. The original fretboard markers were carefully put back on the new fretboard.

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