It’s tough to figure out if that’s what Gretsch was trying with the Rally model, but as the Magic 8 Ball is prone to saying, “All indications point to Yes.”

At any rate, the 6104 and 6105 Rally models rolled out in 1967, adding another guitar equipped with dual HiLoTron pickups to a product line-up already heavy with similarly-equipped guitars.

The Rally’s big claim to fame — aside from the sporty stripes on the pickguard and truss rod cover — was the colors. Combinations that hadn’t been seen since the early ‘50s like Bamboo Yellow and Copper Mist turned up on Rallys.

Even the colors were a bit off, though. Instead of using the gorgeous Cadillac Green used on Country Clubs and other Gretsch guitars, Gretsch introduced Rally Green, which was more of a stain, with the wood showing through and is generally much more drab than Cadillac Green.

Another odd choice was the onboard active treble booster switch. Since HiLoTrons already tend to be trebly, it wasn’t a particularly useful feature.

In the Rally’s favor, it was inexpensive. Retailing for $395 when new, it sat squarely at the lower end of Gretsch’s hollowbody line.

The rarely seen Songbird model was reportedly sold through Sam Goody stores. It was essentially identical to other Rally models except for the unusual “G” soundholes and no rally stripe.

The Rally was discontinued in 1970.

The Gretsch-GEAR database includes three different models and 22 examples in the Rallies family, including Rally and Songbird -- AKA "Sam Goody" models.

Guitar models in the Rallies group

6104 Rally
Documented years: 1967 to 1968


6105 Rally
Documented years: 1967 to 1968

Bamboo Yellow/Copper Mist

6106 Songbird -- AKA "Sam Goody"
Documented years: 1967 to 1967

About 200 of these were made for the Sam Goody chain in 1967. Aside from their distinctive G soundholes and sunburst finish they are functionally pretty much identical to a Rally. The headstock badge reads "711 Songbird".