Gretsch Model 6189 Electromatic Streamliner Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1956)

Gretsch  Model 6189 Electromatic Streamliner Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1956)

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Gretsch Model 6189 Electromatic Streamliner Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1956), made in Brooklyn, NY, serial # 20328, two tone lacquer finish, laminated maple body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, period grey hard shell case.
 
Overall length is 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm.), 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This lovely original two-tone Brooklyn Gretsch remains all original except for a strap button added at the heel. The pickup and electronic components appear original, but some re-wiring looks to have been done; not surprising, as the shielding on many Gretsch rigs from this era tends to deteriorate causing the guitars to ground themselves out. Externally the guitar shows some light wear but no repairs or other alterations.

There are some small chips to the two-tone finish, most notably near the heel, on the headstock edges, and under the bridge (where it was moved around over the years). The striking colors are very well-preserved with very little fade on both the top and metallic lacquer back.

The neck does not appear to have ever been reset and the angle is fine, unlike many! The frets have some light wear and the instrument plays very well. This is by far the nicest of these we have ever had and an exceptionally nice 1950s Gretsch! Includes a grey Gretsch HSC that looks more like a late '50s issue but could be original. Excellent Condition.