Gretsch-GEAR Rallies 6106 Songbird — AKA “Sam Goody”

1967 Gretsch 6106: 117648

Owned by
Unknown
Body style
Double Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Sunburst
Fretboard
Unknown with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
Nut
Bone with zero fret
Pickups
HiLoTron
Tuners
Van Ghent
Controls
  • Master Volume
  • Neck pickup volume
  • Bridge pickup volume
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Tone Switch
  • Standby Switch
  • G-Arrow knobs
Bridge
Bar
Tailpiece
Bigsby B-3C (V-cutout)
Modifications

The only part modified on this guitar is the neck pickup plate. Notice it does not have the G-arrow logo which can be seen on the bridge pickup plate. Everything else on this guitar is original.

Unusual factory features

This Sam Goody Model, which is essentially a Rally with a sunburst finish, stands out for having one truly unique feature: its undeniably cool, stylized, space-age-looking G-shaped sound holes. This pristine 1967 example does not have the typical "Sam Goody" nameplate, but it is one of a few that were badged as the “711 Songbird.”

The Sam Goody Model control configuration has three volume knobs (master at top of body, neck pickup, bridge pickup) and three switches (pickup toggle selector sitting above a 3-way tone toggle and a standby (mute) toggle that breaks the circuit to the output jack) . Also unusual, but typical for the era, is the combination of Neo-Classic “thumbnail” inlays and dot inlays.

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4 years ago Last modified 2015-04-05 11:16:55

My brother purchased this guitar from Sam Goody in Huntington, N.Y. sometime around 1970 and still owns it today.

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