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Gretsch Guitars G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Electric Guitar

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The Billy-Bo is a modern version of the Jupiter Thunderbird designed in 1959 by Bo Diddley himself. Billy F. Gibbons fell in love with an original given to him by Bo Diddley, but added some of his own... Read More

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The Billy-Bo is a modern version of the Jupiter Thunderbird designed in 1959 by Bo Diddley himself. Billy F. Gibbons fell in love with an original given to him by Bo Diddley, but added some of his own mojo to this new version that he created as his touring axe. The Billy-Bo features a heavily chambered mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, ultra-thin laminate maple top, TV Jones Power'Tron (neck) and Power'Tron "Plus" (bridge) pickups, pinned Adjusto-matic bridge, and Schaller Straplocks. It's a dirty, low-down rock guitar with serious credentials and a vibe that hasn't lessened in nearly 50 years. Includes case.

  • Bo Diddley designed in '59
  • Modified by Billy F Gibbons
  • Heavily chambered mahogany body
  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • Ultra-thin laminate maple top
  • TV Jones Power'Tron (neck) and Power'Tron "Plus" (bridge) pickups
  • Pinned Adjusto-matic bridge
  • Schaller Straplocks
  • Includes case
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Totally disapointed


from Temecula

I played a Gretsch G6128T-TVP Power Jet, which I loved but gave into the 'vibe' of what I thought would be in the Billy Bo. I found it to be uncomfortable when trying to sit and uninspiring when playing it. Didn't care for the chunky neck or the balance of the guitar. It's to light for my taste and feels a little cheap. I though it would be much easier to reach the upper register over the G6128T but was wrong. It gets thick quick near the body. Action felt sloppy and just wasn't for me. The TV Jones imo were average on this and can't explain why. Do yourself a favor and play if before buying. I'll go back to the G6128. Less money and far more bang for the dollar.

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I waited years for this guitar


from Nashville, Tennessee

Being both a fan of Bo Diddley and Billy Gibbons, I have enjoyed their music for many years. Having had an opportunity play with Bo in the late 50's in Nashville, I witnessed the move from the "rectanglar box" that Bo played to the Gretsch Jupitor....These don't grow on trees but can be had. Mine has been "touched" custom Gretsch Bigsby and parts from the custom shop at Gretsch and it is truly a beauty to play!

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an awsome product

By strat boy

from ney york

i play blues rock and this is one of the best i own this thing is great i love the tv jones sound i owned it for about 1 year and it is great no problems and it is one of the easyest guitars to play it is very light and the neck is really fast and it is one of the coolest things ive ever saw

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