Gretsch, Corvette Model 6187, 1957, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes)


Corvette Model 6187
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Ivory top, grey mist body
DeArmond Gretsch Dynasonic (Fidela-tone)
The Story Behind

Introduced in 1940 the Electromatic Spanish, Electromatic 6187 models did not have specific model names until 1955. Introduced in late '54 as a replacement for the Electromatic Spanish model the Gretsch was now named Corvette. It featured a 17” arch-top hollow-body two f-holes and a bound body, 14 fret with a Rosewood board, single pickup. Not seen very often, this is a guitar oozing character with a fantastic tone thanks to the DeArmond pickup.

This is a 1957 model 6187 Gretsch Corvette with lotus ivory top and green metallic back. The bridge was replaced long ago but the original is still included in the case. 

This guitar was owned for 17 years by Rich Robinson. He used it among others all over the Three Snakes and One Charm album. He says : ”It was my main guitar on Share the Ride, and the electric on Better When You're Not Alone plus many other places throughout the album as overdubs, etc.”

It was also used by Luther Dickinson, for a time among the many lead guitarists for The Black Crowes. He tracked not one, but 3 songs with this very guitar on The Black Crowes album Before the Frost...Until the Freeze. He plays the guitar also during the Cabin Fever concert on the tracks Aimless Peacock, Little Lizzy Mae and What is Home. Luther, was so blown away by this guitar up at Levon Helm's cabin that it became a mainstay at the sessions. He also played it on last Black Crowes “Say goodnight to the bad guys” tour.

Rich has owned this guitar for 17 years and has played on Three Snakes; the Crowology record; toured with it and Luther Dickinson also played it on last Black Crowes “Say goodnight to the bad guys” tour.

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