Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Electric Guitar

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The origin story of the G6199 Thunderbird will reveal it’s a mutant guitar. Rock-n-roll founding father/bluesman Bo Diddley first designed the Jupiter Thunderbird with Gretsch, and he eventually gave the original model to ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons as a gift. Gibbons and Gretsch took Diddley’s design and tweaked it a bit for the Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird, so you're getting an instrument which embodies a creative brainstorm. The G6199 relies heavily on mahogany in its design, with its chambered body and one-piece neck built from a warm, deep-sounding tone wood.

Despite its build, this guitar is actually very lightweight, coming in at just 6.8 pounds, an added incentive for any performing pop guitarist taking part in active stage movement. TV Jones Power’Tron Plus pickups in the neck and bridge positions give this guitar the versatility to play many different styles whether bright, clangy tones or more aggressive, biting sounds. More than anything, this guitar simply has a look that is fun yet can still be taken seriously. The chrome hardware really catches the eye, while the actual long, thin shape of the body will capture the attention of anyone in the room. Pop music is all over the place, and so is this guitar in the best sense.Rating: 4/5

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