Gretsch-GEAR Other Electric Hollowbodies 6101 Blackhawk

1968 Gretsch 6101: 88430

Owned by
APK
Body style
Double Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Jet Black
Fretboard
Rosewood with T-Zone Tempered Treble inlays
Nut
Bone with zero fret
Pickups
SuperTron
Tuners
Grover StaTite
Controls
  • Master Volume
  • Master Tone (knob)
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Tone Switch
  • Standby Switch
  • G-Arrow knobs
Bridge
Floating Sound Unit
Tailpiece
G-Cutout
Added to Gretsch-GEAR
2 years ago Last modified 2017-10-15 18:14:17

I’ve been documenting vintage Grestch guitars for 10 years. This Blackhawk is the earliest that I’ve documented thus far. Cool!

It is all original and it sounds awesome! They are quite rare, but I saw posts, from which I have copies by the way, of Blackhawks with serial numbers 88431 and 88433; mine is 88430!!! That acknowledges that they were produced in small batches on demand, for they were never catalogued. Tony Bacon even stated, according to some selling articles, that there were only 385 Blackhawks ever produced, but I honestly admit that I never saw any confirmation of that. If anyone can tell me more about this, please let me know!

I used to own two Blackhawks, 98261 and 98341. 98261 in in Jay Scott’s Gretsch book on page 235. All of that chrome over black is quite striking!

Do you have any idea how many were produced over the years. They were only available on special order. I never came across someone who owned two Blackhawks. I ‘ve got that book of Jay Scott. There is a small picture of a Blackhawk in black and white and on another page there is a larger one without the tuning fork. I will look it up one of these days. I understand that you do not own them anymore?

If there weren’t that many made, Gretsch must have sold most on them in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. I’ve seen quite a few of them over the years. I owned my two at different times, but eventually let them go. I think they’re beautiful, highly playable guitars. If another came along at a decent price, I’d probably buy it.

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