Pric­ing Fac­tors

Make sure you cast your eyes over the pick­ups when look­ing for a ‘58 Sil­ver Jet

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Fin­ishvi brancy As with any vin­tage gui­tar with a unique fin­ish, col­lec­tors will pri­ori­tise in­di­vid­ual gui­tars that de­liver an es­pe­cially strik­ing vis­ual panache. For that rea­son, the vi­brancy and orig­i­nal­ity of the sil­ver sparkle on this model can make or break the de­sir­abil­ity of a par­tic­u­lar spec­i­men.

bind­ing con­di­tion Gretsch gui­tars pro­duced in the 50s are widely known for the poor qual­ity of the bind­ing. Chipped and cracked bind­ing is not un­com­mon on vin­tage Gretsches and, while it’s more of an is­sue with the hol­low­body gui­tars, it’s some­thing that prospec­tive buy­ers should be mind­ful of when con­sid­er­ing a Sil­ver Jet pur­chase.

orig­i­nal com­po­nents For the 1958 model year specif­i­cally, there are two com­po­nents that rank as es­sen­tial in­clu­sions: the orig­i­nal roller bridge and orig­i­nal Fil­ter’Tron pick­ups. Pickup swaps are not es­pe­cially com­mon on vin­tage Gretsches, but if they have been changed, that can dev­as­tate re­sale value.

gen­eral playa­bil­ity It’s also well-known that Gretsches from the 50s and 60s weren’t as well made as Gib­sons or Fen­ders. The build qual­ity isn’t con­sis­tent, with some gui­tars hav­ing ac­tion and neck align­ment is­sues, that can lower the value even if every­thing is in tip-top cos­metic shape.

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