Gretsch-GEAR Clippers 6187 Clipper

1954 Gretsch 6187: 898XX

Owned by
Joylegs
Body style
Hollowbody (no cutaway)
Color(s)
Natural
Fretboard
Ebony with Block inlays
Nut
Bone
Pickups
Dynasonic
Tuners
Unknown
Bridge
Bar
Tailpiece
Gretsch trapeze
Modifications

none that I know of

Unusual factory features

none, pickguard seems original

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7 months ago Last modified 2020-03-03 11:35:11

I found it in Jan. 2019 at a small guitar shop, Grey Dog Guitars, in Prescott, AZ. traded in a cheap Yamaha Acoustic with a weird electronic reverb generator built into it and 800 bucks. It has significant binding rot, but plays beautifully. It is a survivor. The places that it has been and the people who may have played it over the years would be a very cool story.

Your guitar is not an example of the Clipper model, but is instead an Electro II model 6187. The serial number (which should be 4-digits, not 5) puts it in the 1952 time-frame. This model was discontinued soon after. It’s one of the two models introduced in the ‘50/51 period with dual pickups, a new advancement for Gretsch at the time. It seems to be all-original, and other than the binding rot you mentioned, it appears to be in pretty decent shape. Cool axe!

Gretsch would discontinue model #’s and then re-use them later. Your Electro II was the first use of the 6187 number. The Clipper of ‘56-‘58 was the second and the Viking of the ‘60’s was the third.

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