Gretsch / 6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird / 2005 / Firebird Red / Guitar
This beautifuly-built six year old but brand new guitar has all of the good looks of the original 1959 visionary Bo Diddley solid body model. It weighs in at just 6.30 lbs. and has a very comfortable nut width of just under 1 11/16 inches and a scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Chambered mahogany body finished in black with a three-ply maple top finished in Firebird red. One-piece mahogany neck (also finished in black) with a very comfortable medium profile, and rosewood fretboard with 22 thin frets and pearloid Neo-Classic "thumbnail" position markers. Headstock with black overlay and inlaid pearloid Gretsch "T-roof" logo. The body has triple binding on the top and the neck and the headstock have single binding. Individual open-back Grover StaTite tuners with oval metal buttons. Serial number "JT05 118031" and "Billy Bo" signature in white on the back of the headstock. One Gretsch TV Jones Power'Tron pickup in the neck position and one Gretsch TV Jones Power'Tron 'Plus' pickup in the bridge position, with outputs of 5.00k and 7.90k respectively. Black Plexi pickguard. Four controls (two individual volume controls and master tone control on the lower treble bout and master volume control on upper treble bout) plus three-way pickup selector switch on upper bass bout. "Arrow-through-G" knobs with cross-hatch pattern on sides. Gretsch Adjustomatic bridge on pinned rosewood base. Gretsch "G" cutout tailpiece. This guitar is in mint (9.50) condition and is complete with all of the original case candy. Housed in its original Gretsch, three-latch black hardshell case with black leather ends and black plush lining (9.50).
"Rock luminaries Billy F Gibbons and Bo Diddley have joined forces to bring you a 21st century version of the elusive Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird™, now dubbed the 'Billy-Bo'. Designed in '59 from Bo Diddley's talented hand...! 'Some time ago, Bo gave me the guitar as a gift. It was during the recent ZZ Top recordings when the engineering crew and I snaked through the guitar vault searching for that "certain-something" guitar and there it was! We didn't risk subjecting such a rare instrument to the rigors of the road so this new, reproduction model was recreated with some BFG Mojo thrown in for good measure. It's now the main stage guitar with a groove.' -- Billy F Gibbons. The new Gretsch 'Billy-Bo' Jupiter Thunderbird will highlight Bo's original futuristic design with Billy's added ingredients for a steaming hot helping of dirty rotten Rock 'N' Roll. The result of this 'science project gone wrong' features a heavily chambered mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, ultra-thin laminate maple top, TV Jones® Power'Tron (neck) and Power'Tron 'Plus' (bridge) pickups, pinned Adjusto-matic™ bridge, Schaller® Straplocks, and enough 'vibe' to make space aliens dance the alligator" (G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird at http://www.gretschguitars.com/gear/index.php?product=G6199&cat1=&cat2=&q=&st=1).
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