Gretsch had this very guitar displayed at the 2014 NAMM show, and we grabbed it quickly. It’s a G6192 Electromatic II guitar Masterbuilt by Stephen Stern at Gretsch’s Custom Shop, and aged to resemble the 1953 model it’s based on. Visually, its amazing appearance evokes a workhorse guitar in the hands of a hardworking guitarist in a smoky club, an Italian wedding, or in a big band; we’re just waxing romantic, here but the 6192 was an important model in the Gretsch lineup back in the pre-Chet Atkins days.
For this recreation of a magical instrument, Stern keeps to the original specs; the instrument is constructed with curly maple top, back, and sides, and it uses a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. Electronics feature a simple two-volume/one-tone knob configuration and a pickup selector switch. There is also a master volume knob on the lower bout. The 6192, then and now, is notable for its use of the Synchro-Sonic bridge (the predecessor to the competition’s Tune-O-Matic bridge) and the Melita “Harp” tailpiece.
The 6192 indeed looks like a big, mellow jazz box, and it served that purpose in the hands of players like Al Caiola, Jimmy Webster, and early TV star Mary Osborne. But it’s also a versatile guitar enabled by its two pickups. It can rock and it can swing. A special guitar for a serious guitar enthusiast. Perhaps it’s your thing?
•Aged Amber Relic Nitrocellulose Finish
•Arched Curly Maple Top
•Curly Maple Back and Sides
•Rosewood Fretboard With Block Inlays
•Tortoise Shell Binding
•25.5" Scale Length
•12" Fretboard Radius
•1.68" Nut Width
•Dynasonic Single-Coil Pickups
•Melita Harp Bridge/li>
Gretsch G6192 '53 Electromatic II Relic Electric Guitar Aged Amber
Serial Number UC13120995Retail Price $12,499.99Shipping Free! Sale Price: $9,999.99 Yes, It's In Stock!