Gretsch Custom Shop Masterbuilt Stephen Stern G6134CS 1955 Quicksilver Penguin Relic With Case
The Gretsch Custom Shop is where the time-honored legacy reaches its creative apex. No instruments epitomize the extraordinary expertise and attention to detail of Gretsch’s most trusted hands like Custom Shop instruments. From modern versions of legendary Gretsch instruments to artist tribute models and specially requested one-off guitars, the Gretsch Custom Shop takes “That Great Gretsch Sound” to an entirely new plane, but also preserves and perfects it.
Truetone Music is proud to have a long and close relationship with Gretsch, especially with the Custom Shop. Every year, we make a pilgrimage there to sit down with Masterbuilder Stephen Stern and his team to cook up a batch of Custom Shop guitars. Sometimes we go for vintage-styled recreations, sometimes we go for modernized tweaks. Sometimes it's a classic color, sometimes it's a totally new color or even reclaimed wood. Either way, they always knock it out of the park!
This G6134CS 1955 "Quicksilver" Penguin is a result of this partnership. A reinvisioned recreation of the original Penguin, it has the classic Gretsch sound and feel, but with unbelievably cool aesthetic. The color is Quicksilver, accented beautifully by the black sparkle binding. Throw in the black chrome hardware and you have a one of a kind creation. Gretsch had to have each piece of metal plated specifically for this guitar - that's the tuners, knobs, the Bigsby, everything. That's no small feat.
It's not just about the look - you'd be hard pressed to find a better playing or sounding Gretsch guitar anywhere. The C shape neck is extremely comfortable. We went with the Ray Butts Full Fidelity FilterTrons at Stern's suggestion, as he felt these are the most authentic sounding pickups to choose from. You get the full clarity and bite expected from FilterTrons, and the treble bleed control allows you to ease up without losing highs.
It's truly a stunning guitar, and one you won't see anywhere else - because it's the only one ever built! We chose this look in collaboration with Masterbuilder Stephen Stern, and are thrilled with the outcome. He absolutely nailed it, as he always does.
This is a truly unique take a classic guitar, ready for the stage or studio. Come to Truetone Music to experience it in person, or make it yours right here.
MODEL #: 9252003830
SERIAL # UC21012089
WEIGHT: 8.5 lbs
BASE MODEL: Penguin - 1955 Style
Neck Depth at 1st Fret: .868"
Neck Depth at 12th Fret: 1.010"
AGING TYPE: Relic
TUNERS: Grover Imperials
NECK PICKUP: Ray Butts Full Fidelity FilterTron
BRIDGE PICKUP: Ray Butts Full Fidelity FilterTron
NECK SHAPE: Standard Neck Shape (C)
WIRING: Tone Pot with Treble Bleed
BINDING: Black Sparkle
FRETBOARD WOOD: Ebony
FRETBOARD INLAY MATERIAL: Mother Of Pearl
FRETBOARD INLAY STYLE: Engraved Humps
NECK WOOD: Maple
PICKGUARD: Black Pickguard with Silver Logo and Penguin
KNOBS: G Arrow with Jewel
BRIDGE: Rocking Bar
TAILPIECE: Gretsch Bigsby B3C Vibrato Tailpiece
HARDWARE: Black Chrome
HEADSTOCK LOGO: Black Sparkle
BODY STYLE: Chambered Single Cutaway