enero 29, 2023
Vintage, Rare and Cool as F**k: This Gorgeous Cast of 1950s Gretsch White Falcons is a Collector’s Dream

Vintage, Rare and Cool as F**k: This Gorgeous Cast of 1950s Gretsch White Falcons is a Collector’s Dream

The Gretsch White Falcon was conceived as a one-off showpiece demonstration guitar, one that would grab people’s attention and draw them in with as much bling and over-the-top craftsmanship as Gretsch’s Brooklyn factory could muster.

Unveiled at the NAMM show in July 1954, the guitar created such a flap that Gretsch hatched a plan for the guitar to become a fully-fledged member of its electric guitar line.

The following year, the White Falcon debuted at the top of Gretsch’s pecking order as its most expensive instrument, retailing at $600, roughly $5,750 today.

Gretsch White Falcon

This 1956 ex-Brian Setzer 6136 White Falcon was acquired from Marco Pirroni and has the short-lived winged vertical headstock logo. (Image credit: Future/Joby Sessions)

Much like Gibson’s flagship Super 400CES, introduced in 1951, the White Falcon was established as Gretsch’s crowning glory, and to this day it remains the superlative guitar for many.

It was my ultimate dream guitar

Anonymous British collector

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