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