- Owned by
- Body style
- Double Cutaway Solidbody
- Oriental (Firebird) Red
- Ebony with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
- Delrin/Synthetic Bone
- Grover StaTite
- Space Control
- Bigsby B-6C (V-cutout)
- Unusual factory features
Formal model # is G6131T-1965. This was a 2015 Factory Special Run (FSR) of 16 guitars done in conjunction with Ben Derickson of Cream City Music in Milwaukee. Intended not as a repro of one individual model year, Ben selected different desirable features from various 1960's Jet Firebird incarnations to make this unique model. It has some of the early 60's features (ebony, gold g knobs) and some of the later 60's Baldwin-era features (Bigsby instead of Burns, Supertrons). Unique additions include using TV Jones brand Supertrons and a Bigsby B6 V (rather than the horseshoe found on the late 60's version). My guitar is #14 of 16.
- Added to Gretsch-GEAR
- 4 years ago Last modified 2017-10-20 11:28:58
I made a difficult decision to trade in my vintage 1969 Jet Firebird to get this modern incarnation. The 1969 was my personal "signature" instrument since the early 90's - truly an amazing guitar with an incredible neck and tone - it was lightweight and had a woody growl with the original Supertrons. Between it's previous owner(s) and myself, though, it was played and loved nearly to death. Even though I invested in upkeep, it had major binding issues and it was now sitting under the bed waiting for the "tomorrow" of maybe doing a complete binding replacement. But when I saw this 6131T-1965, I looked it as a chance to let my own Firebird drink from the Fountain of Youth and awake as young guitar. It was a good decision. This guitar looks great, feels great and sounds great.
I do miss the original - the neck and the light weight and the "earned" relic status - but the new guitar really does everything the old one did. It really cuts through in a mix and also keeps the "Great Gretsch Sound".
And it's always better to have a guitar that is in your hand rather than under the bed!