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Gretsch G6199 Billy Bo Jupiter Thunder


Bo Diddley, a pioneer of rock 'n' roll and blues, was always known for his idiosyncratic guitar creations. Sometimes as a simply square, sometimes with a tail fin which is a reminiscent of a street cruiser from the 1950s. It was in 1959 when Bo designed this striking design that the Gretsch company is now launching as a signature reissue. But what does this curious Gretsch guitar have to do with Texas rocker Billy Gibbons? You actually associate this bearded gentleman with the usual guitar models.

"Some time ago, Bo gave me the guitar as a gift. It was during the recent ZZ Top recordings, when the engineering crew and I snaked through the guitar vault searching for that certain-something guitar, and there it was! We didn't risk subjecting such a rare instrument to the rigors of the road. So this new reproduction model was recreated with some BFG mojo thrown in for good measure. It's now the main stage guitar with a groove."
                                                                                                                           Billy F. Gibbons

And indeed: The two TV Jones Power'Trons are made for the ZZ Top sound. Texas rock pure! And with "Billy Bo" this cool guitar was given a suitable name, which signals an close connection between the two legendary musicians.

Let's have a final word: If you are totally into Bo Diddley's style, of course you also can have it rectangular! Just look ahead at the Guitar Place websites: The Gretsch G 6138 Bo Diddley. With a cool rectangle design and of course with a fantastic sound!


  • Model: G6199 Billy Bo
  • Color: Firebird Red
  • Sr.-Nr.: JT23010406
  • Weight: 3164 Gramm / 6,96 lb
  • Finish: Gloss Urethane


  • Shape: Billy-Bo
  • Material: Mahogany
  • Top: Laminated Maple


  • Material: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Inlays: Pearloid Neo-Classic™ Thumbnail
  • Width at Nut: 1,6875" (42,86 mm)
  • Scale Length: 24,6" (625 mm)
  • Headstock: Jet™ Style
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane


  • Neck Pickup: TV Jones® Power'Tron™
  • Bridge Pickup: TV Jones® Power'Tron™ Plus
  • Switching: 3-Way Toggle
  • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone


  • Bridge: Adjusto-Matic™ with Pinned Ebony Base
  • Tailpiece: Gretsch G-Cutout
  • Tuning Keys: Grover® Sta-Tite™ Die-Cast
  • Control Knobs: "G" -Arrow
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Black


  • Billy Bo Case
  • Gretsch "Certificate of Authenticity"
  • Manual
  • Gretsch "Warranty Card"

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