Gretsch G6139 CB Falcon
Beautiful single cutaway White Falcon with a thinner and slightly narrower body which make is very comfortable to play three-ply maple body with a 16"-lower bout, arched top and back, multi-ply sparkle appointments and oversized f holes. The centrepiece of the model is a long spruce centre block.
The centre block runs the entire length of the body and imparts several sonic advantages. First, it minimises body-resonant feedback and allows a more "high gain-friendly" performance. Second, it's made of spruce, which produces a spirited, lively tone. Third, the centre block itself is chambered at the lower bout to minimise weight. Fourth, the pinned wood bridge base extends over the sides of the centre block about 5/8" on either side, transferring string-vibration energy to the two f-hole-vented body chambers to produce a rich and full-bodied tone.
Other premium features include a three-piece maple neck; 12"-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, pearloid Neo-Classic "thumbnail" inlays and multi-ply sparkle appointments; Gretsch "winged/vertical" sparkle logo; and dual High Sensitive Filter Tron pickups. The guitar also has jewelled-arrow knobs and gold hardware, an Adjusto-Matic bridge with pinned ebony base and Cadillac "G" tailpiece, Grover Imperial tuners and Schaller strap locks. Available in White with Gold Sparkle appointments and Black with Silver Sparkle appointments. Deluxe hard-shell case included.
This particular guitar was the pre-production prototype for the G6139 model and has been owned by the Gretsch UK Product Manager from new until about a month ago. I bought it from him and was intending to kept until another very special Gretsch came into me possession, so unfortunately she has to go.
It is in excellent condition all round, is very nicely set up and there are no obvious dings or scratches on the guitar. Only thing to mention is that there is a slight darkening to the finish on the front in some areas where the guitar has been out of the case and the sun has tinted the lacquer to a more cream colour. Have tried to show this in the images.
This model isn't available any longer and at this price it is a steal.