Fred W Gretsch bought the family company back from Baldwin in 1989, a momentous and joyous year for the brand. Production of vintage-correct reissues then started at the Terada plant in Japan, and Terada has continued its high quality output ever since.
The Gretsch 6129 Silver Jet was originally released in 1955 and has its origins in the design of the black top finish Gretsch 6128 Duo-Jet released in mid-1953 (later made famous by George Harrison).
The silver sparkle finish is a Gretsch hallmark akin to the sparkle-finish drums they manufactured in the 1950s, and it just smacks of 50s sci-fi. According to anecdotal reports it was an employee of the factory that suggested Gretsch apply these eye-catching finishes to the Duo-Jet, and so the Silver Jet was born.
The Jet models from the Gretsch's Professional Collection are top quality guitars that have a look, feel and sound all their own. The Jet can be considered a solid body guitar because it’s constructed of a solid mahogany back, but due to a heavily chambered body and a 3 ply maple top the guitar retains some of the hollow body tone Gretsch guitars are famous for.
Additionally, the chambered design makes the guitar very lightweight and well balanced.
Model Name: G6129T- Silver Jet
Made: Japan - Terada plant 1998 (serial 98xxxx - 1350)
Colour: Silver Sparkle Top w/ Mahogany Stain Back and Sides
Category: Solid Body Guitar
Body Style: Single Cutaway
Scale Length: 24.6" (625mm)
Top: Arched Laminated Maple
Back & Sides:Mahogany Body, 13.5" Wide, 1.5" Deep
Neck: One Piece Mahogany Set Neck
Pickups: DynaSonic™ Single-Coil Bridge Pickup Custom Made by Seymour Duncan®
Pickup Switching – 3 Position Toggle:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
Position 3. Neck Pickup
Volume 1. (Neck Pickup),
Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup),
Width at Nut: 1-11/16" (43mm)
Fretboard: Rosewood, 12" Radius (305mm)
Bridge: Schaller Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece: Gretsch G logo Tailpiece
Finish: Gloss Urethane
Machine Heads: Sperzel Locking Tuners
Hump Block Inlay Position Markers,
Bound Fingerboard and Headstock,
Multiple Body Binding,
Inlaid Pearloid Gretsch Logo on Headstock,
Silver Plexi Pickguard,
Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs,
Adjustable Truss Rod
Weight 8.2 lbs
The neck pickup on this one is its original high-output Alnico V Dynasonic unit which sounds great.
The bridge pickup is a fat sounding TV Jones Classic Plus humbucker.
The original Space Control Roller-Bridge has been replaced with a high quality Schaller Tune-O-Matic unit which allows for perfect intonation.
It has had a recent refret with 6105 wire done by Sydney’s Frank Grubisa, who is simply one of the best luthiers in Oz.
The original Grover tuners have been replaced with some excellent Sperzel Locking Tuners
Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works fine. All electrics are working properly & frets are as new.
As you can see, this is a player’s guitar. It’s been modified – in a good way – and shows some wear, buckle rash, dings & dents here and there but nothing too offensive. But our theory of a well used guitar is that it’s been well used simply because of just that - it is an instrument which is great to play.
And that is certainly the case with this one. Yes, it wears its experience proudly but none of the cosmetic issues are major - they just add to the sense of history and mojo of a good instrument.
The modifications have been done professionally, and the quality bridge, super solid tuners and that TV Jones pickup all add positively to the equation of a great playing guitar.
This is a fine rock machine awaiting a new chapter in its interesting life so far.
Comes in a new TKL Gretsch fitted hard case.