What a monster of a guitar! This king that sends a shiver up your spine. The kind that you feel honored just to hold. Its the epitome of what you think of when you think "Gretsch." This is one of the early guitars to feature their now iconic Filter'Tron pickups. It's done up in their signature orange finish with gold hardware. Bigsby bar? Check! Walnut-stained headstock veneer with horse-shoe inlay? Check and check! The tombstone inlays are another amazing touch that are only found on 57s and 58s. The binding looks to be in pretty good shape, no signs of it crumbling like you find on some examples.
There are a couple of changes to note on the guitar. Over the years it has had several different output jack plates put on. There is a maple now a plug inset into the perimeter of the guitar. It is professional work and the area was over-sprayed to help tie everything together. The pickups are from a little later as they are stamped with the patent number and the knobs are also from a little late in the Gretsch timeline as well. The serial number dates to 1958.
It's got a big 15.5" lower bout but it weighs a scant 6.4 lbs and is just as fun to play unplugged as it is through a raging amp. If you've never had the joy of playing a vintage set of Filter'Trons you're in for a treat. They're sharp and precise with plenty of sparkle when you're low on the dial. Crank things up and as anyone who had heard AC/DC can attest, they tickle your amp in all the right ways.
Original hard case included. There's not too many of these floating around so grab this one at a player's price.