1955 Gretsch 6189 Electromatic$1,450.00
16″ cutaway archtop in Jaguar Tan, bound top and back, laminated spruce top, Melita bridge with “G” trapeze tailpiece, one DeArmond single-coil pickup in neck position, block inlays on bound ebony fingerboard, vertical “Electromatic” on headstock, open-back metal-button tuners. Those of you with deep Gretsch lore may have read the listing title and description, grabbed your copy of the Gruhn guide, and said “Hey, wait a minute…” and we understand your reaction. This appears to be a transitional model made after Jaguar Tan became an option but before the model had been renamed to “Streamliner” and the 6189 model number came to denote a Jaguar Tan Streamliner, not a 2-pickup Electromatic. In any case, that theory satisfies Occam’s Razor so we’re going with it. This one has some wear, the top is sinking a bit, and the original hard case it comes in is pretty beat, but the guitar is functional, plays well, sounds good, and has that legendary 1955 Gretsch catalog look.