The guitars conceived and produced by the Gretsch Company after WWII represent some of the more unique sounding and visually dynamic models available during the ''50s and into the mid-''60s.

'66 Anniversary model 6118

'66 Anniversary model 6118
In 1960, the popular Anniversary models inherited the HiloTron pickup technology, replacing the previous FilterTron units, which remained in higher-end Gretsch electrics. This mid-'60s specimen is in a rare and attractive custom white finish. (Photo courtesy of Steve Wilson)

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