Gretsch / 6129 Duo Jet / 1963 / Champagne Sparkle / Guitar

Legend has it that Jimmie Webster was strolling through Gretsch’s drum department when he saw a technician applying a sparkly Nitron wrap to a drum shell. Keen to find any new angle for their new solid body, Webster asked if the same could be done on a guitar. So the Sparkle Jet was born. 

Initially only available in silver sparkle, with the change in design brought about in reply to Gibson’s in 1961, Gretsch offered finishes in Gold, Champagne, Tangerine or Burgundy. Its quite rare to find examples in any of these finishes but Champagne sparkle is one of the rarest and is one of only two that we are aware of right now..!

The guitar is in excellent condition. There are a few minor knocks but the body doesn’t show its 60+ years. The Nitron covered top is in excellent shape as is the binding. There are no signs of any repairs. There is a little discolouration on the upper bout. 

The neck too is a joy with no sign of any resets or repairs. The binding is free of any damage. The ebony fretboard and original too are in great shape. The lacquer has worn comfortably on the back.

The gold hardware has worn a little as you'd expect but there is no sign of corrosion. The Burns vibrato unit, introduced in 1961 to replace the Bisgby vibratos, works well and has tarnished a little.

Electrically everything is correct with no signs of any solder being disturbed. The original Filtertron Pickups show no sign of having been rewound or disturbed.

The guitar comes with its correct Gretsch hardshell case.

The lightweight chambered body is resonant and married to a pair of responsive Filtertron pickups makes for a potent package. The guitar is a joy to play with so many tones available. 

Sometimes a Gretsch is all you need and no one will miss you with this strapped around your neck. Grab this one before it gets away.. 

Instrument sold

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

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All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

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We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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