Other electric solidbodies

While Gretsch solidbodies are most closely identified with the Jet models — and to a lesser extent, the Corvettes — those weren’t the only solidbodies over the years. Some were pretty interesting, but just didn’t catch on.

While Gretsch solidbodies are most closely identified with the Jet models — and to a lesser extent, the Corvettes — those weren’t the only solidbodies over the years. Some were pretty interesting, but just didn’t catch on.

The Gretsch-GEAR database includes 26 different models and 62 examples in the Other electric solidbodies family, including Astro-Jet, Bikini, Bikini Double Neck, Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird, Bo Diddley, Broadkaster, BST 1000, BST 2000, BST 5000, Committee, Jet Airliner, Jet Twin Console, Spectra Sonic, Spectra Sonic C-Melody Baritone, Super Axe and TK300 models.

Guitar models in the Other electric solidbodies group

6023 Bikini
Documented years: None

None

6025 Bikini Double Neck
Documented years: None

None

6126 Astro-Jet
Documented years: 1963 to 1967

None

6138 Bo Diddley
Documented years: 2005

Firebird Red finish, gold hardware

6138-LH Bo Diddley
Documented years: None

Firebird Red finish, gold hardware, Left-Hand version

6143 Spectra Sonic
Documented years: 1997 to 2005

None

6144 Spectra Sonic C-Melody Baritone
Documented years: 2002

None

6145 Jet Airliner
Documented years: 1955

The entry-level lap steel in the mid-50s.

6148 Jet Twin Console
Documented years: None

Deluxe double neck console-type lap steel

6148-L Jet Twin Console
Documented years: None

Like the 6148, only with the addition of four adjustable chrome-finished legs.

6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird
Documented years: 2005 to 2014

Firebird Red finish, chrome hardware

6199-LH Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird
Documented years: None

Firebird Red finish, chrome hardware, Left-Hand version

7600 Broadkaster
Documented years: None

The natural-finish 7600 Broadkaster solidbody and its sunburst-finished twin, the 7601, were good examples of some of the darkest days at Gretsch. Offered from '75 to '79, "features" included a bolt-on neck, dot inlays and body design by Gumby. They may be Gretsch's least-loved models. Even the TK300 has a ...

7601 Broadkaster
Documented years: 1975

The sunburst-finish 7601 Broadkaster solidbody and its natural-finished twin, the 7600, were good examples of some of the darkest days at Gretsch. Offered from '75 to '79, Broadkaster solidbody "features" included a bolt-on neck, dot inlays and body design by Gumby. They may be Gretsch's least-loved models. Even the TK300 ...

7624 TK300
Documented years: None

Autumn Red finished version of the late 70s TK300

7625 TK300
Documented years: 1979

None

7628 Committee
Documented years: 1976 to 1979

None

7681 Super Axe
Documented years: 1979

Ebony-stain version of the 7680 Super Axe from roughly 78-80.

8210 BST 1000
Documented years: 1979

Walnut-fnished

8211 BST 1000
Documented years: None

Two-pickups, red finish

8215 BST 1000
Documented years: 1979

Walnut-finished, with 2 pickups

8216 BST 1000
Documented years: None

Walnut finish

8217 BST 1000
Documented years: 1980 to 1981

Walnut-finished, with two pickups

8220 BST 2000
Documented years: 1979

Walnut

8221 BST 2000
Documented years: None

Red

8250 BST 5000
Documented years: 1979 to 1985

The 8250 BST-5000 was the top of the Beast line. It differs from the other Beasts in it body shape, contouring and maple-walnut through-body construction. it also came with stock coil taps.