This is a vintage 1961 Gretsch Corvette 6133 electric guitar. This very clean 100% all original example, serial number 42230, is a first year/version example, features an incredibly rare “Platinum Grey” finish, includes the original soft shell case in correspondingly fine condition, as well as, all of the corresponding hangtags! Exceedingly rare and almost perfectly preserved, this is the perfect Gretsch Corvette for the discerning Gretsch collector.
Unlike the popular (and expensive) Jet models, this slab-body Corvette is a true solidbody, with contours and cutaways reminiscent of Gibson’s late-’50s Les Paul Junior. Incredibly short-lived, the slab-body Gretsch Corvette would be phased out within a year’s time and redeveloped into a new form to directly compete with the design of Gibson’s new SG Les Paul models.
The Gretsch Corvette’s first-year production numbers are quite low, which makes them all very rare, however, very few have been documented in the extremely rare Platinum Grey finish: a color which also determined the guitar would be matched with a gold colored pickguard, instead of the standard silver guard typically paired with the Cherry finish. Incredibly, this example remains in near mint condition and includes the original soft shell case, as well as, all of the original corresponding ephemera (hangtags/warranty card/OKcard.)
Despite it’s over-built solid construction, this guitar weighs a mere 6 lbs. 7 oz. The neck is large and reminiscent of a late-’50s Gibson instrument. The sound is superb, and the HiLoTron pickups sounds fantastic per usual.
As an instrument, this special specimen sports a singlular single-coil HiLo’Tron pickup, a slab mahogany body with a set mahogany neck, an un-bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays, nickel-plated (2) G-arrow control knobs, an original compensated wood bridge, factory trapeze tailpiece, knurled strap pins, and a 2-piece gold painted pickguard arrangement. Aside from a small pain blemish on the corner of the top and bottom edges, this example is otherwise near pristine. With no evidence of regular playing wear, this guitar was most certainly safely stored within it’s case for the entirety of it’s existence. When it was brokered through a dealer to a local collector, a pot was replaced. It is not included, and is the only change/modification. Structurally, this guitar is perfect, with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, no cosmetic modifications, etc.
Gretsch collectors and guitar enthusiasts alike will recognize just how special this guitar is, so don’t miss out on what very well be the only opportunity to buy this model in such a well-preserved condition.