Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)

Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)
Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)
Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)
Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)
Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)
Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)
Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)
Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)
Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)
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Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo Model (USED, 1965)

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The Gretsch 6152 Compact Reverb Tremolo amplifier is one of the more unique low-powered tube combos to come out of the 1960s. Much like its peers the Fender Vibro Champ and Gibson GA-5, the Gretsch 6152 pushes about 5 watts output through a single 8" speaker. Where it stood out was with the integration of a "shoebox" type spring reverb, a feature not commonly found on small amps of that period.

Built by Chicago-based Valco alongside Valco/Supro amplifiers, the Gretsch 6152 naturally shares some of the Valco sound, with a bright and chimey top end, sizzly midrange, and lively dynamic response. These are fantastic recording amps that offer up a ton of character and vibe, from glassy low volume cleans to "Tweed Champ" breakup and overdrive. The spring reverb circuit is quite unique - it has somewhat of a bouncy spring sound combined with some elements of old plate reverb units. It doesn't get very drippy like a Fender; similar to the way old Ampeg reverbs behave, but with a shorter decay.

This is a very clean original example that's just been serviced and received a clean bill of health. The original 8" speaker has been replaced with a modern Radio Shack ceramic 8" speaker (the original is included but worn out), and the original 2-prong power cord has been removed in favor of a 3-prong power cord. Condition is Very Good with the cabinet covering and grill cloth being well-maintained and almost entirely free of fraying and tears. The chrome-plated chassis shows moderate wear throughout, with some light corrosion and pitting throughout. The amp still features its original Gretsch control knobs.


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