For sale is this vintage 1961 Gretsch model 6163 “Executive” electric guitar combo amplifier. Manufactured by Valco, this particular example, serial number T60935, is in very excellent 100% all original condition. Having evolved from the top-of-the-line ’50s Gretsch Electromatic Deluxe amp bearing the same chrome “refrigerator” handle and model number, this generation 6163 also shares many important schematic elements, while it sports a decidedly more modern offset wrap-around grill cloth design to better complement concurrent Gretsch guitars featuring cases with an identical vinyl tolex pattern. Whether you’re interested in finding a beautiful matching amp for your late-’50s to early-’60s Gretsch guitar, been waiting for an absolute tone monster reminiscent of a tube-rectified Supro Thunderbolt, or you’re an amp enthusiast with an eye for the exotic, this is an incredibly cool find.
Serial Number: T60935
Speaker Codes: 220145 (Jensen P15P) 285129 (Rola)
Transformer Codes: 5246144, 166143
This ’61 Gretsch 6163 Executive features an entirely matching original set of RCA vacuum tubes, including; (1) 5U4, (2) 6L6s, and (4) 12AX7s, through the original 1 x 15″ Jensen P15P Special Design speaker, and the original 1 x 4″ Rola speaker.
This perfectly intact and well-preserved example is in 100% all original condition. From the off-white piping and sparkle wheat grill cloth to every last capacitor and each individual tube, this amp remains entirely original.
Incredibly high-powered with surprisingly musical headroom, this amp produces slight overdrive when pushed to 10. Otherwise, it is actually pleasantly clean, and is more like a VOX amp than a tweed Fender in that respect.
Interestingly, the Gretsch 6163 Executive legacy was further enriched when Victoria released the G6163 Executive in 2007. But of all the original versions, this particular variety happens to be the most interesting. With a highly attractive aesthetic combined with a tremendously great-sounding schematic setup, this is the one to have.
Sale Price: $1,899