The best Gretsch Guitars to have ever been built came from the hands of Masterbuilder Stephen Stern. This Gretsch Custom Shop G6130-CS Roundup Relic Knotty Pine is more proof of that. We have seen a couple of other Roundups's over the years but this is the 1st relic and the 1st finish in natural! There are some extremely cool details to appreciate on this guitar so make sure to take a gander at all the pics.
One of the coolest touches is that a Western-Style studded belt was deconstructed and built into this guitar. The side of the instrument is inlaid all the way around with the strap of the belt while the engraved belt-buckle has been fit to the tailpiece. This is an eye-catching detail with a cool story to go along with it. Add in the Branded 'G' and you have the perfect outfit.
The pickups are a set of Seymour Duncan Dyno-Sonics which are some of the finest sounding Dynasonic Style Pickups you'll ever hear. This guitar sounds amazing, especially clean. The pickups have that sweet top end that is never brash or harsh. 3 Distinct sounds are produced in all three positions letting you know they are doing their job well. Perfectly tapering controls allow you to easily dial in your tone.
The neck sports the Stock Gretsch C Profile. It is made from Mahogany and then topped with a Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard. This tonewood is exceptionally expensive these days and it's becoming rarer by the build! Not only is the fingerboard itself gorgeous, it has some of the slickest inlays you'll ever see! To complete the Western motif, we have cacti and steer-head fretboard inlays.
As far as Gretsch guitars go, this is the tippy-top. 2nd to none in regardless to craftsmanship, components, design, execution, playability, and tone. From top-shelf tonewoods that are hand-selected to hand-wound Dyno-Sonic Pickups from Seymour Duncan, plugged in or played acoustically, this is an inspiring build that will have you glued to your chair for hours on end!