1978 Gretsch White Falcon + OHSC

1978 Gretsch White Falcon + OHSC

Gretsch |  1978whitefalcon

Last of the classic, USA made White Falcon guitars. This one is near mint and sounds majestic...

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A stunning example of a classic guitar, from the last year of double cut production before they reverted to the larger single cut design in 1979.

This guitar comes from the last year these instruments were constructed in the USA prior to the relocation to Japan. Top of the range, it features a pretty crazy stereo circuit that allows for impressive control and tone shaping.

Amazingly the instrument is, save for some light marks on the back pad, in mint condition. Any previous owners have obviously cherished it, as there is hardly a mark present. The binding is exquisite and free from the all too common rot associated with these guitars, and the white lacquer finish is luminous both front and back.

The ebony topped slender neck is wonderfully clean, the frets showing little signs of wear. Set atop is the instantly recognisable headstock with its crown of gold Grover tuners, themselves barely blemished by time. This can also be said of the other hardware on this guitar, retaining its crisp lustre that won’t fail to turning heads. The iconic falcon motif has never looked so good. This guitar makes a statement like no other.

Un-plugged, there is a bright tone which in conjunction with the FilterTron pickups gives you that much sought after classic Gretsch sound . The just right heft in the low end and bite up top is perfect for a whole array of musical explorations. The neck feels very comfortable and the ebony fretboard is a joy under the fingers. As if that wasn’t enough the vibrato is smooth and springy, anywhere from gentle wobble to Duane Eddy-esque down bends. What more do we need..?

The original hardshell case is in good condition, with a luscious oceanic blue lining.

This guitar was born in difficult circumstances for the company, yet it manages to beguile us with its presence and is a testament to its continued iconic status amongst players and collectors. We haven’t seen one in this condition before and it might be a while before we see one again. Don’t let it get away.

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At a glance

Model: Gretsch White Falcon
Year: 1978
Finish: Original White

Modifications: None
Repairs: None
Weight: 3.83 Kg

Case: Original Gretsch Hardshell case
Fingerboard: Ebony
Tuners: Original Grover

Pickups: 2 x Gretsch FilterTron humbuckers
Hardware: Original Gold
Neck Profile: Slender and wide
Pots: Original Pots




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