Gretsch-GEAR Archtop Acoustics 6014 Corsair

1963 Gretsch 6014: 58601

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Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Unknown with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays

Added DeArmond Pick-Up Model 1000

Unusual factory features

Not sure if this was unusual for this model -- it has Tear Drops instead of "F" holes.

Added to Gretsch-GEAR
1 year ago Last modified 2018-07-12 01:07:03

My father purchased this guitar for me at Sam Ash Music Store in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1963 at the suggestion of Dan Duffy, the Quality Control Manager at Gretsch in Brooklyn. I was 12 years old then. During that time, Dan also had a few music students of which I was one. He taught me to play and read music with a concentration on chord substitution, Jazz Improvising and music theory. Dan would often tell me about some of the guitarists that he had met while he worked at Gretsch. The one I remember most is when Dan worked with Chet to develop the Chet Atkins models. Dan was mostly into Jazz and of course Chet's famous for his Country finger pickin' style. When Dan and Chet played together at the Gretsch plant while testing and QC'ing the instruments, Chet would be playing his Country finger pickin' style and Dan would be turning it around with some of his Jazz licks which they both kidded each other about. Dan taught me on the 6014 of which I am eternally grateful. I still have it. --- BrooklynGil

Beautiful guitar and thanks for the background. Welcome to the GDP.

Wow. I had the exact double of your 6014, complete with the cat’s eye sound holes. I even used the same DeArmond Never seen another like mine until I saw yours here. Bought it in 1974 on Long Island at a thrift shop, and it traveled across the US and Europe with me. I sold it about 10 or 12 years ago in NYC, and I have always regretted it.

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