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Perhaps Gretsch's single most famous guitar, the White Falcon was designed a showpiece and not initially intended for commercial production. Following a showing at the 1954 NAMM show, interest was so piqued that Gretsch entered the model into regular production in 1955. The guitar was conceived as the absolute top of the line; the Cadillac of archtops. With a large 17-inch body and 25 1/2-inch scale length, this Gretsch came replete with all the highest end cosmetic appointments including four-ply binding and a generous helping of gold-plated hardware and detailing. The design started to change in 1958 when gold plastic binding and thumbnail inlays were introduced. Another major change came in 1962 when a switch was made from a single to a double cutaway body shape.    

Years of Production: 1955 - 1978

Unique to this Year: New pickups, bridge and inlays introduced in 1958. Nameplate added to headstock.

Body Style: Archtop  

Wood Composition: Maple body, Spruce top, Ebony fingerboard

Design Elements: 25 1/2-inch scale length, gold-leaf binding, four-ply top and back binding, double bound f-holes, Melita bridge, G tailpiece, gold-plated hardware

Notable Players: Stephan Stills, Neil Young, John Frusciante

Product Specs

  • 6136 White Falcon
  • White
  • 1959