The Gretsch Duo Jet: A Short History

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Bruxist, Apr 9, 2020.

  1. Muinarc

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    Yeah that's why they were so expensive when new, out-pricing the Les Paul in the 50's. That's a lot of router time which might match the carved top time of the 'Paul but then they had to form and glue the laminate top on. Probably took a little more labor overall.

    In '56 a Les Paul was $220 and a 6128 was $290
     
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    Labor intensive and all that old growth (I am guessing) wood just chewed up and discarded.
     
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    I hear that, but given there are only about 150 1953 Duo Jets, its a little pacifying. Besides, it was still the same supply use/demand whether it was left solid or not. Arguably, things really didn’t start making a dent until the Beatles had everyone clamoring for Tennys and Gents, which had maple ply bodies. The necks, oh those solid mahogany necks I bet ate up so much good lumber too. Notably, the G6120 had three or five piece maple/walnut necks.
     
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