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Gretsch Convertible

1956 Gretsch Convertible

In the gaudy Gretsch world of Cadillac green Country Clubs and cows-and-cactus Chet Atkins models, the Convertible was an island of elegance. The creamy "lotus ivory" top is accented with a gold-plated tailpiece and a sleek pickguard that goes with the "copper mist" finish on the back, sides and the back of the neck.

Model 6199, as Gretsch catalogued it, was not really convertible from acoustic to electric. Although the DeArmond pickup is mounted onto the top (rather than cut through), it is screwed down. But you can still play it acoustically or electrically. It's guaranteed to make you look better, whether you're playing it or just holding it.

This Convertible (inventory #EG2828) is in VG+ condition, with original tweed hard case, and is priced at $3275.

This instrument is SOLD

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Closeup of front


Closeup of tailpiece

Closeup of peghead