The Money Shot: Gretsch Custom Shop ’56 G6128 Duo Jet Relic

Every encounter that we’ve had with one of Stephen Stern’s Gretsch Custom Shop creations has been a truly breathtaking experience, and this instrument is no exception.

Available from Guitar Village in Farnham, this Duo Jet Relic is modelled closely on a vintage original, but is an arguably more stable and playable proposition than many 1950s Jets we’ve strapped on.

Duo Jet Relic

Exquisitely aged, the timeless cool of the guitar’s aesthetic is matched by a glorious ‘Fat C’ neck profile and when you plug in, you are rewarded with to-die-for twang and punch.

Don’t be intimidated by the fixed-arm Bigsby either: there’s an optional swivel arm in the case. The price of admission? At £3,810 it’s a serious investment, but not as big a step up from production line prices as you might expect.

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