Gretsch-GEAR Anniversary models 6117 “Double” Anniversary

1958 Gretsch 6117: 24456

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Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Rosewood with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
  • Master Volume
  • Neck pickup volume
  • Bridge pickup volume
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Tone Switch
  • G-Arrow knobs
Bigsby B-3C (V-cutout)

Original paint was stripped off in 1983. It was a sunburst finish. All of the parts have been replaced with as close to original as possible.

Unusual factory features

Has steel plate on the head showing a picture of a diamond withe the words Anniversary Model. There is no model number or name on the sticker inside the body but the serial number 24456 is visible.

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5 years ago Last modified 2016-05-20 09:27:49

I bought this guitar from a friend in 1978. It was working at the time and sounded great! Because it was banged up by the previous owner, I decided to strip off the finish to the bare wood which is beautiful. I then moved to Virginia and met another guitar player who said he could finish up the work on it. He unfortunately passed away before starting the project. When I went to his place to get the hard ware, his wife told me she through it away. I would love to find parts and finish this project.

Update May 18, 2016: My Gretsch has been refinished and is now believed to be a 1958, 6117 Anniversary model. HiloTron pickups are currently installed however the bridge pickup turned out to be about a 1/4 too tall. After a conversation my luthier, Larry Smoak from Wooden Wizard, had with his Fender rep, this guitar needs the FilterTron "Patent Applied For" pickups which will be installed next week.

That appears to be a 1965 “Double” Anniversary. If it was originally sunburst it would be a 6117. If it was two tone green it would be a 6118.

The holes on the body indicate that it had Hilo-Tron pickups. These weren’t available until 1960.

Your serial number could have been 1957 or 1965.

210xx to 260xx 1957 Note: 1000 serial numbers from 1957 were misplaced and later turned up, with original ‘57-style labels, in 1965.


Lee is mostly correct. This serial number belongs to a documented group of 50 Anniversary models, so the headstock plaque is consistent with that model attribution. The labels were from the 1957 period, but not applied to guitars until 1966. Pot codes from these guitars tend to be dated from either Nov. ‘65 or Feb. ‘66. This guitar (husk) is a 1966 model year example.

Lee and KC thanks for the comments. You both seem far more knowledgeable than I to be sure. the original finish was sunburst. I played the heck out of her in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Unfortunately I took a way too long hiatus from playing but am getting back to it now. If you all have any ideas as to how I can find all the hardware for this guitar so I can fix it up for playing that would be appreciated! Thanks

Depends on if you want original or repro.

Can you update the listing?

At this point either way would be fine with me. I don’t have any plans to sell I just want to play it.

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