Dating gretsch electromatic
Upon their arrival in ’58, the Anniversary models were constructed the same as the cornerstone hollowbody models such as the 6120 Chet Atkins.
In 1960, Gretsch introduced its own in-house single-coil pickup, the Hilo’Tron, to replace the Model 200 (aka Dynasonic) they had previously been buying in from De Armond.A bound neck and headstock, bound f-holes, and a Bigsby – and that was about it. Those were clearly a draw for plenty of players, but at 5 for the 6120 compared to 0 for the Double Anniversary, well, you can see why so many players snatched up the latter.The Double Anniversary’s bargain status circa 1958 to ’59 translates to more affordable prices on today’s vintage market when compared to a 6120 of the same period, and in similar condition.Many guitar companies now make anniversary models to celebrate milestones and special occasions, but most of these ‘celebration guitars’ are limited-run designs.
The Gretsch Anniversary, however, quickly became a mainstay of the company’s line-up when it debuted in the late 50s.A pair of Black Top Filter’Tron pickups are onboard and, once again, there's an upgraded control layout, now consisting of master volume with treble bleed circuit, master tone, bridge and neck pickup volume controls and three-position pickup toggle switch.