Lots of things happened in 1958. It was also the year I was born, and the year the first Bo Diddley 'box' guitar was made as a custom order for Bo Diddley, who was in the prime of his career. A second was made in 1960, and the third and fourth in 1964.
This stunning guitar, however, was made in Japan in 2006. It is brand new in its original Canadian-made case and all documentation, with the case only having been opened to photograph the guitar. It is a strangely beautiful thing, especially in the flesh! The G6138 is a faithful reproduction of the famous rectangle-shaped guitar Gretsch built for Bo back in 1958.
Measuring 17-3/4" x 9-1/4" x 2" and made of alder and 5-ply maple, the eye catching Firebird red semi-hollow body features two FilterTron pickups, a Tune-O-Matic bridge, Gretsch "G" tailpiece, and plenty of gold hardware. The 3-piece rock maple neck has an ebonized rosewood fingerboard with "dot" pearl inlays, a 1957 style headstock, and a special Bo Diddley signature on the truss rod cover.
Serial number is JT06073684, and it weighs in at a lovely 3.3 kg, or 7 lb and 4.40 oz.
Sold to Brook