These two Gretsch Jet from 1955 and 1956 vintages are rock n' roll textbook examples. One is silver sparkle, one is red and they both look in great shape.
Appreciate the nice design touches:
- the block inlays on the neck (not humpblock),
- the G-cutout tailpiece (Bigsby weren't standard on the Jet at that time),
- the teardrop pickguard and typical knobs.
- the Pickups; probably DeArmond Dynasonic.
Jets differ significantly from their competition in that their mahogany bodies are extensively routed, making them, in effect, semi-solids. It also makes them considerably lighter than similar guitars and adds a special resonance to the line.
Gretsch lovers, I hope you're happy that I am finally covering those beautiful vintage guitars! Some are truly iconic - let me know your suggestions and favorite models in comments!