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.