Gretsch-GEAR Other electric solidbodies 6148-L Jet Twin Console

1957 Gretsch 6148-L: T57364

Note: This guitar has been marked as needing help. This information may not be trustworthy.

Owned by
kgrommes
Body style
Unknown
Color(s)
Jet Black
Fretboard
Unknown with unknown inlays
Nut
Unknown
Pickups
Unknown
Tuners
Unknown
Bridge
Unknown
Tailpiece
None
Modifications

My grandfather installed three metal bands alongside the bottom of the two guitars to provide more stability. Each band has 4 screws.

Unusual factory features

The tuners have a stamp on them "Kluson Mfg - Chicago, IL." Just below that, there is a serial number plate "T57364"

"Electromatic" adorns both tail pieces on both guitars.

Added to Gretsch-GEAR
1 year ago Last modified 2017-12-16 23:50:04

My Uncle Mike, grew up in Aurora, Illinois and was born in 1953. In 1961, or 1962 he was only 8 or 9 years old, received this guitar from his parents (my grandparents) for Christmas. They wanted him to learn to play an instrument. They chose the steel guitar. He believes it was used at the time when he received it, but that it was not very old. It has been in storage for 56-57 years.

He decided recently to give it to me since he knows I love and collect guitars (I'm the only one in the family who plays). He felt that by giving the guitar to me, it would be in the right place. It has been in his possession since 1961 or 62 (56-57 years) and now and he wanted it to go to a good home and to be played.

I received this guitar in the mail on December 14, 2017 and I'm beside myself with excitement at not only my Uncle's kindness, but at the piece of history I have just inherited. This guitar sounds amazing through my Fender Acoustasonic Junior amplifier. I want to learn more about the guitar, such as the date of manufacture, the location it was manufactured, and any history it may have.

This is an example of the Gretsch mainliner model. The style of the knobs indicate it wasn’t any earlier than ‘57.

I stand corrected… the single lap steel in this style is the mainliner. Whereas your instrument is the Jet Twin. If you look at the catalog section of this site you’ll see it listed in the 1955 Guitars for Moderns catalog. I’m still of the opinion that it’s at least a ‘57 model year example, based on the G-indent control knobs. I don’t know how long these were in the line, but based on your timeline, it’s plausible it is a late 50s specimen. Enjoy!

Thank you for your response kc_eddie_b! Yes, I saw the catalog. Pretty cool information about it. I’m absolutely in love with these Gretsch Steel Guitars. They sound amazing. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Keith

No problem Keith… welcome to the GDP! Here’s my ‘55 Mainliner after restoration. It had a horrible refinish when I got it, so that gave me karmic permission to redo it in a color of my choosing… blue!

Oops… can’t seem to post photos here. Sorry.

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