1964 Gretsch 6186 Clipper


Clipper - A pleasure to play and hear. Delivers an outstanding performance every time, with tonal fidelity and beauty you’ll appreciate. Modestly priced, for all its modern features. Fully arched 16″ body of choice rock maple. Individual tuning machines. Gretsch adjustable rod Actionflo neck and adjustable Ebony bridge. Hand polished finish. Edges double bound in ivory plastic. Chrome plated metal parts. Extra thin cutaway body for that wonderful ease of handling and playing. Built in Hi-Lo’Tron electronic head gives you pure, rich Gretsch guitar sound at all times.” — 1963 Gretsch catalog

Make and Model: Gretsch 6186 Clipper

Year: 1964

Specifications: Fully hollow thinline archtop, single Hi-LoTron pickup (single coil), 6 lbs even, 1 23/32″ nut width, .87″ neck depth at the first fret

Originality: All original except the strings

Condition: Excellent. The body and neck have no breaks or repairs. The pickguard had a crack next to the mounting screw. I repaired it and reattached the pickguard. The binding exhibits typical deterioration with the worst spot being the heel cap.

Playability: Excellent. This one has a straight neck, working truss rod nut, and a good neck angle.

Notes: This beautiful ’64 Gretsch Clipper was purchased new locally at the Gadsden Music Co in Gadsden, Alabama. It wasn’t played that much and was eventually relegated to the closet. It’s just come out of retirement and is ready to be play! It doesn’t suffer from the playability issues that plague many Gretsch guitars. This one wants to be played. I’m confident you’ll love this clean 1964 Gretsch 6186 Clipper!

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