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1957 Gretsch 6190 Streamliner

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Serial #: 25663

Finish: dark sunburst finish, nitrocellulose type

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11 1/6" Body depth: 2 3/4"

Materials: Arched maple top, back, sides; solid maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard with humptop inlays; bound body, neck and f-holes; original bone nut.

Hardware: 100% original nickel plated hardware includes original Gretsch logo tailpiece; open back tuners; pearlescent gold pickguard with Gretsch logo; adjustable Melita bridge with ebony base; DeArmond single coil pickup; G logo volume and tone knobs, adjustable truss rod.

Notes: Gretsch introduced its 6190 model in 1951 as the Electromatic. A single cutaway sunburst guitar, the model was rechristened the Streamliner in 1955. Offered only through 1959, the Streamliner was originally equipped with an adjustable Melita bridge, G cutout tailpiece, and solid ebony fingerboard. By the year this guitar was built, the Streamliner had humptop inlays, double bound soundholes, and the DeArmond single coil pickup, which made its last appearance that model year.

This guitar is in exceptionally fine condition, with all original sunburst finish without cracks, pick or buckle wear, and absent the typical weather checking generally expected in an instrument of this vintage. 100% original hardware shows bright plating throughout, and virtually the only signs of age are a few finish lines along the laminations on the back of the peghead. The guitar has a sweet lively voice, and smooth low action over a highly playable gentle D profile neck, and the slim 2 3/4" body depth is a pleasure to hold.

By 1960, the Streamliner had been superceded by the Anniversary model, making it one of the rarest electric archtops in the Gretch line. Nestled in its original gray arched padded hardshell case, this guitar is a particularly handsome example of a historic model, now unavailable for over three decades.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original Gretsch gray arched padded hardshell case.




















































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