1955 Gretsch Duo Jet
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2007-12-05)
Price : US $3,250.
What we have here is a 1955 Gretsch Duo Jet with optional Bigsby tremolo in very good to excellent condition. The guitar has matching serial numbers in the control cavity, and on the control cavity plate. If you know anything about early Gretsches, you have probably already noticed that the characteristics of the neck do not match the specs of a 1955 instrument. The serial number definitely date the guitar to 1955 per the Gretsch Website. There are two explanations for this, one is probably more urban legend and the other the likely scenario according to some very Gretsch savvy folks over at the Gretsch Pages (www.gretschpages.com) on the Gretsch web site. First the urban legend; with the advent and rise in popularity of Rock-a-billy music in the mid 50's, a guitarist named Cliff Gallup (Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps) used an early Duo Jet with DeArmond single coil pickups. The demand for this guitar soared. Unfortunately, Gretsch had already transitioned to using the Filtertron pickups. The story goes, Gretsch pulled out some left over bodies cut out for the DeArmonds and attached current (in this case, about 1958) necks to satisfy market demands. Again, this is most likely legend rather than fact. The more likely scenario is that Gretsch had problems with the neck/body joint on the early Duo Jets and the guitars were returned to Gretsch under warranty and renecked with a current neck. The characteristics of this neck: neo-classic 'thumb print' fret markers, a doweled neck joint, and NO zero fret would indicate the guitar was renecked in 1958. Now, I don't know if the guitar was bought in 1955 with a Bigsby (B6?) add
This guitar is sold (sold on 2007-12-05)
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