Gretsch Model PX6130 Round Up Solid Body Electric Guitar (1955)
Gretsch Model PX6130 Round Up Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1955), made in Brooklyn, NY, serial # 13952, "Western Orange" lacquer finish, mahogany body, pine top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original tweed hard shell case. Item # 4909
As an example of Brooklyn Cowboy Kitsch and flat-out guitar coolness this first-year Gretsch Model 6130 Round Up is sure hard to beat! Perhaps it was overcompensation for being up north in the big city, or maybe just an example of '50's exhuberence but when Gretsch decided to create a solidbody guitar for the Country-Western market, they really went all in with this one! The guitar features a host of "yee haw" appointments including a pine top, tooled leather sides and engraved fingerboard inlays featuring cactus and steer's head images. To top it off, the tailpiece is topped with a Western belt buckle showing a campfire cowboy scene.
All the typical Gretsch features from the mid-50's are present as well; the pickups are DeArmond Dynasonics, the bridge is the fully adjustable Melita introduced right at this time and the control layout is four knobs and a single switch. Although always described by Grestch as a solidbody, the Round Up like its Duo-Jet and Jet Fire Bird siblings is actually semi-hollow. The bodies were built like little archtop guitars, with a plywood top mounted to a piece of sculpted mahogany that was champered from above. This resulted in a guitar much lighter than the Les Paul that inspired it, but with a different sound as well. The Round Up is a superb twang machine, with a muscular tone more akin to a hollow body Gretsch than to the average solidbody.
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). This Round-Up is very nice overall-the only really noticeable wear is finish loss to the back of the neck. The top is quite clean, overall this is a very sharp looking Gretsch-the guitar was played but well cared for. Evidence indicates it almost certainly went back to the Gretsch factory, likely in the late '50's where the neck was re-set with a typical '58 style screw/dowel arrangement on the heel. The result is the best playing one of these we have seen, with an excellent neck angle resulting in a wonderful sound and feel.
All finish and hardware original except for a repro pickguard (virtually all of these first-year tortoise celluloid 'guards have suffered serious deterioration). The original owners name is added to the face of the headstock in clear Dymo-tape lettering; likely removable but we have left it in place for posterity. Includes the original tweed case and very rare tooled leather strap, which looks like a deluxe version of a '50's Hubley cap gun belt and is a work of art in itself. Overall Excellent Condition.
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