Gretsch Model PX-6124 Single Anniversary Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1961)

Gretsch  Model PX-6124 Single Anniversary Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1961)
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Gretsch Model PX-6124 Single Anniversary Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1961), made in Brooklyn, NY, serial # 40473, sunburst lacquer finish, Laminated maple body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.
 
Overall length is 41 1/8 in. (104.5 cm.), 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This is a well-worn but good-playing '60s Gretsch, with some specific finish wear and repair but NO binding rot at all. These days with so many old Gretsch guitars having major celluloid binding distress that is a major find in itself! It is also all original and unaltered, with hardware including a single Hi Lo 'Tron pickup, "Space Control" bridge, "G-logo" volume knob, "mud" tone switch, and Waverly open back tuners.

This guitar has some notable finish loss on the lower part of the body; it likely spent some time stored in a damp environment long ago. The two-tone green lacquer on the top and back on the lower bout shows the sort of flaking typical of that situation -- it is now stable and not shedding any more paint. Various other spots show light flaking and chipping, but there is little actual play wear, and this Single Anniversary does not appear to have been much used.

The guitar appears to have had a fairly clean neck set, with some light finish chipping around the heel edge and dowel but no overspray added. The only other notable repair is the center laminate seam along the length of the back of the neck must have been open for some time -- likely, again, due to dampness. This has now been solidly sealed up, but the finish has not been touched up so the darkened seam is still easily visible. There is one small crack in the pickguard by the lower mounting screw. The neck joint is solid and the action is fine and quite playable; the frets show almost no wear.

This guitar is obviously more of a player piece than collector's choice, but has a nice early '60s "Genuine Relic" Gretsch vibe, funky but chic, ready to roll again in a newer HSC. Very Good + Condition.