Gretsch Viking 1967 project Sunburst
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Gretsch Viking 1965 - 1971

Gretsch Viking 1965 - 1971

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Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • 6187 Viking
  • 6188 Viking
  • 6189 Viking
Finish
  • Cadillac Green
  • Clear Natural
  • Shaded Golden Sunburst
Year
  • 1965 - 1971
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Maple
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Body Type
  • Hollow Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Tailpiece
Color Family
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Natural
Finish Pattern
  • Sunburst
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Ebony
Model Family
  • Gretsch Viking
Neck Construction
  • Set-Neck
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Frets
  • 21
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • No
Pickup Configuration
  • HH
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Top Material
  • Maple
Wood Top Style
  • Opaque
  • Plain

Overview

The Viking debuted in 1965 as a new ultra-high end archtop electric from Gretsch, featuring the latest in their proprietary hardware. The Viking was equipped with the new Super'Tron humbuckers, which had been introduced the year before, as well as their unique Floating Sound Unit, or "tuning fork" between the pickups and the bridge, as well as their "T-Zone Tempered Treble" treatment on the upper register of the guitar, meant to improve intonation. While these appointments were hot technology for 1965, they found little traction in the market, and were steadily jettisoned from the Viking's design until 1971, when Gretsch moved the bridge closer to the pickups (into the space where the Floating Sound Unit had occupied) and switched to a smaller format "tube arm" vibrato unit.

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