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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Luthier Dave Helmer shows you how to cure buzzy strings, bad intonation, gnarly frets, high action, and other common troubles with off-the-shelf axes.

Guitars are the best. We love them. It’s fun to fall in love with a guitar at a store, buy it, and proudly bring it home. But we’ve all been there … where after a month that new guitar is just not playing as good as it was before. As guitar players, we know what feels good and what feels bad when it comes to playability. Maybe you have setup preferences that you like on all your guitars, or maybe you want to experiment with changes to your setup?

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See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

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