Other Electric Hollowbodies

Some Gretsch hollowbodies just never really took off like Gretsch had hoped, so their family tree was stunted or quickly died. That doesn’t mean they weren’t cool, though.

Some Gretsch hollowbodies just never really took off like Gretsch had hoped, so their family tree was stunted or quickly died. That doesn’t mean they weren’t cool, though.

The Gretsch-GEAR database includes 27 different models and 79 examples in the Other Electric Hollowbodies family, including 12-string, Blackhawk, Broadkaster, Center-block Jr., Convertible, Corvette, Monkees, Panther, Players Edition Broadkaster Center Block, Players Edition Broadkaster Jr. Center Block, Rambler, Red Betty Center Block Junior, Ronny Lee and Sal Salvador models.

Guitar models in the Other Electric Hollowbodies group

460
Documented years: 1997 to 1997

The late-90s 460 was an odd duck for Gretsch. With it's 13 ½ wide, 1 ¾ deep body, it was more-or-less Jet-sized, but instead of following the tried-and-true Jet formula it was a thinline acoustic-electric with a single cats-eye soundhole and a piezo pickup in a flattop-style bridge.

6075 12-string
Documented years: 1963 to 1968

None

6076 12-string
Documented years: None

Natural-finished.

6100 Blackhawk
Documented years: 1968

The rare and oddly named sunburst-finish version of the Blackhawk.

6101 Blackhawk
Documented years: 1968 to 1968

The Blackhawk was a Baldwin-era high-end model. While it's usually seen in 6101 (black finish) form, there was also an inappropriately named 6100 sunburst-finished version. Features were typical for top-line Gretsches of the day: twin SuperTron pickups, T-Zone Tempered Treble, Treble Boost, and a Floating Sound Unit Bridge. Blackhawks did ...

6108
Documented years: None

The super-rare 6108 leaves even Gretsch experts scratching their heads. Only a handful have surfaced, and all seem to share an odd mix of other models combined with a few strange twists of it's own. It starts with a thin line Clipper body, and what appears to be a dot-inlay ...

6112-TCB-JR Center-block Jr.
Documented years: 2014 to 2015

The G6112CB-JR model was a limited edition model offered in 2014, with only 50 made for worldwide distribution. The distinctive two tone Jaguar Tan and Copper Metallic finish covered a Nashville/Anniversary Junior thinline three-ply maple body with a 14”-lower bout, arched top and back, two-ply black-and white binding and a ...

6115 Rambler
Documented years: 1957 to 1960

The Rambler was an unusual effort, even for Gretsch: a 3/4 scale, DeArmond-equipped, true f-hole hollowbody, with a Florentine cutaway, unique among the Gretsch line. The red truss rod cover and red-inlaid G-cutout tailpiece also set the Rambler apart. It was available only in a Ivory White/Jet Black color scheme. ...

6115T-LTD15 Red Betty Center Block Junior
Documented years: 2015

Limited Edition Junior-size center block body, with an unusual pickup arrangement of a Seymour Duncan P90 (bridge) and a Gretsch HS Filtertron (neck). B7 Bigsby with Adjustamatic bridge. Candy Apple Red / Pearl White finish.

6120 Ronny Lee
Documented years: None

The Ronny Lee is one of the more unusual Gretsch models of the 60s. Around 1962 a short run were made for Ronny Lee, who owned a music store in the Bronx. Depending on who's telling the story, it may have been 100 made, maybe 200. Maybe less. It appears ...

6123 Monkees
Documented years: 1966 to 1967

The Gretsch Monkees signature guitar was a bad idea, well executed. Gretsch had sold a truckload of Tennesseeans and Country Gentlemen in '64 and '65 thanks to George Harrison's high-visibility use of them, but had never managed to secure an official endorsement from Harrison. So when the Monkees hit the ...

6137-TCB Panther
Documented years: 2013 to 2014

The Panther series debuted in 2013, loosely tied to Gretsch's 130th anniversary, and proved to be something a bit different for Gretsch: a center block model. They weren't the first semi-hollowbodies from Gretsch -- they were preceded by several center-block models in the 70s and the 6120N in the 90s ...

6182 Corvette
Documented years: 1955 to 1956

The 6182 and 6183 Corvettes briefly replaced the 6185 Electromatic Spanish in the Gretsch lineup, but only for a couple of years. By 1957 both had been supplanted by the altogether hipper Lotus Ivory/Metallic Gray 6187 Corvette, which also only lasted a couple of years. The 6182 was sunburst-finished.

6183 Corvette
Documented years: 1954 to 1956

The 6182 and 6183 Corvettes briefly replaced the 6185 Electromatic Spanish in the Gretsch lineup, but only for a couple of years. By 1957 both had been supplanted by the altogether hipper Lotus Ivory/Metallic Gray 6187 Corvette, which also only lasted a couple of years. The 6182 was natural-finished.

6184 Corvette
Documented years: 1955

Jaguar Tan

6199 Convertible
Documented years: 1955 to 1956

The 6199 Convertible was -- as one might expect given the name -- sleek and gorgeous. With the combination of a Lotus Ivory top and Coppery Mist sides, back and pick guard, the Convertible epitomized debonair elegance in the Gretsch line. Some were not truly convertible from electric to acoustic: ...

6199 Sal Salvador
Documented years: 1956 to 1961

Around 1957 or '58 jazz guitarist Sal Salvador began endorsing Gretsch, and the 6199 Convertible became the Sal Salvador. it continued on until about 1968

6609 Players Edition Broadkaster Center Block
Documented years: None

Introduced in 2017 The Players Edition Broadkaster features a double cutaway body with a spruce center block; Gretsch FullTron pickups, vintage-style arrow knobs, Grestch V-stop tailpiece, Gotoh locking tuning machines, ebony fingerboard with neo-classic markers, finished in either Dark Cherry stain or Black.

6609-TFM Players Edition Broadkaster Center Block
Documented years: None

Introduced in 2017 The Players Edition Broadkaster TFM features a double cutaway body with a spruce center block; Gretsch FullTron pickups, vintage-style arrow knobs, string-thru B-7 Bigsby, Gotoh locking tuning machines, ebony fingerboard with neo-classic markers, and a tiger flame maple top, finished in either Bourbon stain or Dark Cherry.

6609-TG Players Edition Broadkaster Center Block
Documented years: None

Introduced in 2017. The Players Edition Broadkaster TG features a double cutaway body with a spruce center block; Gretsch FullTron pickups, vintage-style arrow knobs, string-thru B-7 Bigsby, Gotoh locking tuning machines, ebony fingerboard with neo-classic markers, gold hardware; finished in either White or Cadillac Green.

6659-TFM Players Edition Broadkaster Jr. Center Block
Documented years: None

Introduced in 2017 The Players Edition Broadkaster Jr. TFM features a junior-sized single cutaway body with a spruce center block; Gretsch FullTron pickups, vintage-style arrow knobs, string-thru B-7 Bigsby, Gotoh locking tuning machines, ebony fingerboard with neo-classic markers, and a tiger flame maple top, finished in Dark Cherry stain.

6659-TG Players Edition Broadkaster Jr. Center Block
Documented years: 2017

Introduced in 2017. The Players Edition Broadkaster Jr. TG features a junior-sized single cutaway body with a spruce center block; Gretsch FullTron pickups, vintage-style arrow knobs, string-thru B-7 Bigsby, Gotoh locking tuning machines, ebony fingerboard with neo-classic markers, gold hardware; finished in Cadillac Green.

7603 Broadkaster
Documented years: 1974

From '75 to 79, Gretsch offered both solid and hollow-body Broadkaster guitars. The hollow variants were considerably nicer, and are also noticeable for being Gretsch's only true semi-hollowbodies, in the Gibson 335 vein. The 7603 was the natural-finish version, with a stock Bigsby.

7604 Broadkaster
Documented years: 1974 to 1976

From '75 to 79, Gretsch offered both solid and hollow-body Broadkaster guitars. The hollow variants were considerably nicer, and are also noticeable for being Gretsch's only true semi-hollowbodies, in the Gibson 335 vein. The 7604 was the sunburst-finish version of the Broadkaster holllowbody, with a stock Bigsby.

7607 Broadkaster
Documented years: None

From '75 to 79, Gretsch offered both solid and hollow-body Broadkaster guitars. The hollow variants were considerably nicer, and are also noticeable for being Gretsch's only true semi-hollowbodies, in the Gibson 335 vein. The 7607 was the natural-finish version of the Broadkaster holllowbody, with a stop tailpiece.

7608 Broadkaster
Documented years: 1976

From '75 to 79, Gretsch offered both solid and hollow-body Broadkaster guitars. The hollow variants were considerably nicer, and are also noticeable for being Gretsch's one of Gretsch's few true semi-hollowbodies in the Gibson 335 vein. The 7608 was the sunburst-finish version of the Broadkaster holllowbody, with a stop tailpiece.

7609 Broadkaster
Documented years: None

From '75 to 79, Gretsch offered both solid and hollow-body Broadkaster guitars. The hollow variants were considerably nicer, and are also noticeable for being Gretsch's only true semi-hollowbodies, in the Gibson 335 vein. The 7609 was the red version of the Broadkaster holllowbody, with a stop tailpiece.