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1953 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet w/ Matching Tweed Amplifier

We are very excited to present for sale, possibly the rarest guitar we have ever had in our shop. This near mint, 1953 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet has been documented as the earliest known example of the Gretsch Duo Jet on a number of Gretsch reference websites including the Gretsch Pages. It is also possible that this could be the first one ever produced. Up until this turned up about 10 years ago, it was widely agreed upon by vintage guitar experts that 1954 was the first production year for the 6128 Duo Jet. That was quickly debunked as the original owner remarked "September 1953" as he produced the original bill of sale from the pocket of his work shirt. In our opinion, the documentation and condition is what makes this set so incredible. 

This guitar was purchased brand new in September of 1953 at Kendle Music in Nashville. We have the original bill of sale from this purchase along with the business card from the shop that sold it! In addition to the bill of sale, we also have all of the original case candy, certificate of authenticity paperwork and even the original Electromatic amplifier that was purchased with it.  Thats right...it includes the original leather strap, original cable, original polish cloth, and we even have some of the original packing paper. The amplifier also has its original schematic with it.

We Present the Yikes Jet

One of the remarkable story lines attached to this guitar is that it has only ever been available twice in the over 60 years since it was made. It was purchased new in 1953 and then it was brokered to the current owner about 10 years ago. Thats right, this is a two owner guitar! This guitar has not been up and down the block as a number of high end vintage guitar have been. When this guitar was offered for sale the last time, it was posted on the Gretsch pages with a one word comment..."Yikes!" Ever since then, it has been referred to as the Yikes Jet. 

We have included a bunch of photos of this guitar and you will see that this guitar is completely original and in museum quality condition. Some of the special features include the early "Scripty" peg head logo, DeArmond pickups, fixed Melita bridge w/ G tailpiece, original open gear tuners and its original  tweed case which is also in mint condition. This guitar is a great player as well and it has no repairs or modifications.

The Amplifier 

In addition to the guitar, we also have the original tweed Electromatic amplifier that was purchased with the guitar in 1953. The amp is in equally minty condition showing no major scuffs or flaws. 

Whats Included
  • 1953 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet
  • 1953 Gretsch Electromatic Tweed Amplifier
  • Original Gretsch Tweed Hardshell Case
  • Original Polish Cloth, Cable and Leather Strap
  • Original Packing Paper
  • Gretsch Certificate of Authenticity 
  • Original Bill Of Sale
  • Original Amplifier Schematic

Please contact us directly before placing an order for this instrument. Because of the value of this package, we want to discuss the payment and delivery with any potential buyers to make sure that the entire sales process goes smoothly for all parties involved. Thanks for checking out this incredible package and being a part of this amazing guitar's history. 





This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Excellent (Used)
6128 Duo Jet
Made In
United States

About The Seller

Ryan Fowler's Guitar Experience
Joined Mar 2014
Towson, MD, United States


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Available for local pickup from Towson, MD, United States

Ships from Towson, MD, United States to:

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Note: We are open from Tuesday through Saturday each week. Any order that is placed between 2pm on a Friday through Monday will be shipped on the following Tuesday. Most orders placed on weekdays other than Monday will either ship the same day or the following business day. If you have any questions call us any time at 410-878-7084.

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We ship everything UPS ground to the lower 48 states. Shipping price includes full insurance for the value of the item(s). We will email you with tracking numbers so you will know when your purchase will arrive. All items are packed beyond the carriers guidelines to ensure that your purchase will arrive safe and sound. Please note that all guitars and amps are shipped "signature required" to ensure that they won't be left unattended outside of your home. Pedals do not require a signature for delivery unless you request that when you place your order.

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We can ship to most countries throughout North and South America, Aisa, Australia, and Europe. Just send us a message and we can get you a shipping quote to your country. We mainly use USPS for international shipping because it is less expensive but we can also ship with UPS International. With international shipments, the buyer is responsible for any customs fees, duties, taxes or VAT so be sure you know what you are getting yourself into before placing your order. We will insure your shipment for either the purchase price or the maximum amount allowed through the carrier. Understand that the maximum insurance allowed for your country may not be enough to cover your entire purchase. Maximum insurance amounts are at the discretion of the carrier only. Lost shipments or damage are the sole responsibility of the buyer. Upon making your international purchase we will promptly pack and ship your item through the agreed upon carrier and we will send you tracking information once it is on the way. Again, lost shipments or shipping damage is the sole responsibility of the buyer for international purchases. We do not accept returns, refunds or exchanges on international orders.

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This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

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Ryan Fowler's Guitar Experience

Towson, MD, United States
Joined: Mar 2014

Seller Achievements

1953 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet (Earliest Known Example) w/ Original Amplifier
+ $350 Shipping