The Gretsch White Falcon has been the flagship of Gretsch’s broad range of guitars since its release at the 1954 NAMM show. It was originally designed to demonstrate the ultimate in guitar design and was built as a concept guitar for the show, but with overwhelming demand the White Falcon had to be added to Gretsch’s catalogue.
Jimmie Webster, a designer for Gretsch in the 50s, designed the White Falcon as a dream guitar, pulling influence from banjos, drums and everything else that Jimmie loved in a musical instrument. Gretsch's Sparkle Jets borrowed sparkly laminate from their drum line, and the White Falcon borrowed this gold sparkle for its iconic golden binding. From the 1954 NAMM show, the White Falcon evolved throughout the 50s and 60s, featuring a few different inlay styles, moving from Dynasonics to Filter'Tron humbuckers, as well as the bridge being improved before a Bigsby became the tailpiece for the production model in 1962.
Since its introduction to the market, the White Falcon has been wielded by rockstars from a continually growing list of heavily influence players. Notable Falcon fans include Neil Young, Chris Cheney, Brian Setzer, Michael Guy Chislett and Malcolm Young, just to name a few of our favourites. While traditionally varying shades of white, the Falcon has been through evolutions that include the Silver Falcon, the Black Phoenix and Bono’s Falcon, finished in Soul Green.
The White Falcon has also undergone the Players Edition treatment, now being offered in a variety of colours. Players Edition, across the Gretsch line refers to re-issues with more modern specs, particularly in reference to neck shapes, fret size, and electronics wiring.
As of February 2021, Gretsch also offer the G6136T Limited Edition Falcon™ with Bigsby®, Ebony Fingerboard, finished in Two-Tone Copper/Sahara Metallic.
What makes this Limited Edition Falcon so special? It has every appointment that a Falcon should have: Dual TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity pickups with “Squeezebox” paper-in-oil caps, 1959 trestle bracing, ebony fingerboard and mother of pearl inlays and Grover Imperial locking tuners. The guitar is finished is a two-tone Copper/Sahara Metallic with silver sparkle binding and appointments, and finished with jewelled G-arrow control knobs.