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1955 Gretsch Round-Up guitar & 1955 Gretsch tweed amp

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1955 Gretsch Round-Up, Model 6130 with original tweed case, plus matching Gretsch 1955 tweed Electromatic Twin amplifier.

Made for less than two years, from 1954 to mid-55, and based on the rare Gretsch Model 6121 Chet Atkins solidbody, the wonderful Round-Up guitar is even more sought-after, inbeing totally tricked out for rock-a-billy at the ranch. The 1955 Round-Up you see here came from the original owner, and has all the most desirable 1955 features: brass-studded leather-bound sides, burnt-in "G" brand, cactus & cow fret inlay, brass "belt-buckle" tailpiece with wagon & campfire scene, all gold hardware and knobs, brass synchro bridge, steer headstock, and incredibly, even the original "tortoiseshell" pickguard (a real rarity for these).

Plus, unlike many a Gretsch, it has zero binding decay. Even the solder joints are untouched original. The gold and black DeArmond pick-ups deliver marvelous tones, with the maple on mahogany top giving terrific sustain. Played by guitarists from Brian Setzer to Pete Townshend, original 1950s Gretsch Round-Ups are difficult to come by. To find a nicer example nicer than this one would be tough indeed.

Complete with original tweed case, tooled-leather strap, original 1955 catalog (one of the few to show this model), plus a 1950's "Ed Sales Music Catalog" in original envelope (just as it was received by the guitar’s owner back then). Also discovered in the guitar's case pocket, a genuine 1950's Gretsch harmonica in sweet condition and still in its original box!

Best of all, the guitar comes with an included and awesome 1955 Gretsch Electromatic Twin amplifier in very rare and original Western tweed, matching the guitar's case. The amp is all original, right down to the twin 6"x11" speakers (both dated the 8th week of 1955), the 5" tweeter, transformers, even the dual 6V6-GT powerhouse tubes.

Set of 1955 Gretsch Round-Up 6130 guitar in original tweed case, with original accessories, and rare 1955 Gretsch tweed Electromatic Twin amplifier.

From the Illionois Collection.

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1955 Gretsch Round-Up guitar & 1955 Gretsch tweed amp

Estimate $20,000 - $25,000Dec 2, 2017
65 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128
United States
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