1963 Gretsch 6125 "Single" Anniversary:
This guitar is for sale.
Contact Dave C for details.
- Owned by
- Dave C
- Body style
- Single Cutaway Hollowbody
- Sunset/Western Orange
- Rosewood with Neo-Classic/Thumbnail inlays
- Delrin/Synthetic Bone
- Master Volume
- Pickup selector switch
- G-Arrow knobs
- Space Control
The guitar was sanded in the early 1970s revealing its natural maple colour. It has been left unfinished ever since.
I removed the deep scratch marks with fine abrasive paper leaving in as many of the bruises as possible. My intention is to refinish the guitar, ideally to a close approximation of the colour it should be.
I believe it was a single pickup version originally and had an additional pickup added at some point. The pickup surrounds are different. One is the clear plastic type and the other - chrome.
The original tone switch since used as a pickup selector.
Machine heads were also changed for black Schaller M6N machines.
- Unusual factory features
I believe it left the factory with just one HiLoTron pickup and had an additional pickup added in the late 1960s.
My uncle bought this guitar new and took it to sea with him, as a merchant seaman.
The guitar apparently suffered with the salty atmosphere and hence he sanded off the orange finish that was damaged.
I was given the guitar in 1982, aged 15, and I played it for a few years before I decided to "refinish" the guitar. I sanded the guitar with 1500 grit paper but never sprayed it knowing that was better performed by a professional. Although I have built several guitars to a high standard since I appreciate restoring a guitar to original colour is a difficult task. It's unfortunate that this guitar is not in factory original condition but it's lived and has has played beautifully and truly has that very recognisable sound. One of the best guitars I've ever played.
2012 and the guitar remains "naked" yet in virtually perfect perfect condition and ready for full restoration.
(the photo show it stripped down ready to spray - 28 April 2012)