S e r i o u s I n q u i r i e s O n l y P l e a s e. ONE OF THE WORLD'S RAREST GUITARS IN THE HISTORY OF ROCK and ROLL. 1956 VINTAGE GRETSCH WHITE PENGUIN GUITAR - VERY FEW MADE! THIS RARE MODEL was Made for a very short time period in 50's.
SINGLE CUTAWAY GOLD DEARMOND'S RARE FIXED ARM BIGSBY - FIRST MODEL it didn't yet a have moving arm (Circa 54/55) GROVER IMPERIALS (one replaced) - one back of tuner looks a little shiny compared to other, all vintage one less aged. GOLD SPARKLE BINDING EVERYWHERE, SAME USED ON TRUSS ROD COVER All that GOLD GRETSCH sparkle binding BOUND FRONT AND BACK OF BODY + neck Master volume has a real Ruby (slightly larger) replacing stock red jewel in master volume knob.
+ HARD SHELL PENGUIN Poodle CASE, SEE PICS. I welcome all serious offers and buyers world-wide.Plays amazing, pro set up, TRUE vintage tone! THIS GUITAR IS READY TO PLAY- RECORD -or- TOUR WITH THIS STAYS IN TUNE - REALLY Nice neck radius, RARE STACKED "GRETSCH" HEADSTOCK LOGO DESIGN! GREAT AGED WHITE FINISH WITH RARE TAILPIECE FROM 1950's - flash makes finish brighter white i photos Finish has yellowed from decades and decades of oxidation to nitro finish TIGHTLY BUILT, FIRM NECK, PLAYS LIKE A Les Paul But substantially lighter due to semi-hollow area. THIS SEMI HOLLOW IS A light weight guitar/ that sings like nothing you have ever played. (All due to hand wound and aged D'Armonds) RARE POODLE CASE "flared" UNLIKE a duo jet cast to accommodate LARGE FALCON STYLE HEADSTOCK!
AN ONLINE ARTICLE ABOUT THIS RARE GUITAR. ---------- BEGIN CUT TEXT FROM ARTICLE ------------------------------ The White Penguin, like the (Gibson) Moderne, (The White Penguin) was a promotional showpiece that was never put into production.
As many as a dozen may have been built between 1955 and'58, and all eventually disappeared, prompting some to dub it The Maltese Penguin. "We broke the world's record for the sale of a fretted instrument not previously owned by a deceased superstar, " says Mandolin's Stanley Jay. The high price made the search for the remaining examples even more intense. "I'd just gotten back from Florida, " Jay Scott remembers, and in my mailbox was a letter from a guy in Philly and a photo of a White Penguin.It was beautiful, like a rococo musical instrument with a totem on the headstock. So I called him up. So I called Scott Chinery, who told me to check it out. I bought a White Penguin, which is the rarest Gretsch guitar -- a legendary instrument. It had been sitting under this guy's bed for years. At one point we produced a series of posters to publicize the collection, and since I also happened to own a Batmobile, the pairing seemed like a natural. Larry Wexler recalls the day he first saw it: The family of the owner, who had died some time before, came in with a plain-looking gig bag for an appraisal. When I opened the bag, I just stood there, amazed. I couldn't believe what I was actually looking at.
I mean, nobody I knew had ever seen anything like it. ---------- END CUT TEXT FROM NON AFFILIATED ONLINE ARTICLE -------------------- Some restoration work was done.
Guitar Has been oversprayed white, about four or five decades ago (If you know the DOW Penguins, you then understand that these 50's Penguins always had FLAKING PAINT) We are not sure but 2 dealers stated they feel like GRETSCH did the overspray of a new white paint in late 50's or 60's (SINCE these GRETSCH GUITARS were Guaranteed against workmanship flaws) Cadillac Tailpiece infamous for breaking on Penguins and falcons was replaced by the rarest Gretsch FIRST YEAR vibrato. This is the only real fixed arm from the 50's I've seen in 3-4 decades. For about 50 years (They estimate) SINCE OVERSPRAY OF WHITE. If your serious please send your contact info. APPRAISALS: YES A detailed HISTORY OF DOCUMENTS + BOOKLET included -with many photo pages and notes This grows in value EVERY YEAR!!
We can also CREATE IN WOODEN CRATE if you so desire, ask us how. ---- A great solid guitar.We sell VINTAGE / ANTIQUES in " as- found" shape, JUST LIKE YOU SEE IT IN PHOTOS, GUITAR PARTS ARE NOT POLISHED, OR SHINED. And we don't use any modern chemicals to clean or polish. We sell as you want them, old, not damaged, old patinas, and great investments! The item was made prior to sellers birth, so we sell all vintage, odd, rare items, antiques and rare collectibles in "as - is" shape with no warranties / guarantees. NEW YORK, LASS VEGAS, NASHVILLE IN 12-24 HOURS.
On Sunday If serious about Guitar. It is a super strong bicycle box / 3 times the strength of a normal box. This is currently kept in a 300 ton BANK SAFE. Call 5 days in advance for pre-approved for a scheduled viewing appt.ASK US for overnight pricing. The item "1956 Vintage GRETSCH White Penguin Guitar Rare Duo Jet poodle case fixed bigsby" is in sale since Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "bettysrecords" and is located in Seattle, Washington.
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