Gretsch G6199 Billy Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Bass 2007 – Present – Firebird Red


Up for sale is my 2005 Gretsch Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird 4 string bass. Model # G6199B. Made in Japan. Bright red top and gloss black backside. Cream binding with black pin stripe on the top. Chrome hardware. Futuristic body design made famous by Bo Diddly and ZZ Top.

Let me first off say that this bass was one the more difficult basses that I’ve ever photographed, ha! Spent well over an hour trying to capture angles, reflections, lighting, etc…some pix might show better than other pix. I took some with flash and some without flash. I’ve circled any imperfections that I could actually capture. Some might look like imperfections but are reflections from lighting or angles. Simply ask me for more pix and I’ll do my best to take another angle. Just being totally transparent here.
I’ve owned this bass since April 2009. Basically bought it for looks and maybe have played a few songs at a gig with it but never an entire set or nite. Has sat in its case majority of the time. I consider the condition to be very good plus to excellent. I’m pretty conservative regarding gear condition and you’ll rarely see me use the word mint on a used instrument. The black paint has the typical superficial swirls. There are indentions here n there on the back. Kinda like finger nail impressions. Again, I’ve tried to capture these and some pix you’ll see I’ve circled what I could capture. These impressions do not go thru the paint; no wood is exposed. No gouges. The only indention that has a lil wood showing thru is on the bottom long corner angle of the bass, probably from a short guitar stand. I see this happen on Flying V’s, Thunderbirds etc typa odd shaped instruments simply because the way they sit or hang on a stand.

The bass features smooth bright glossy red paint. Locking tuners. Unique fingernail fretboard side markers. TV Jones pickups. Gretsch branded OHSC (TKL brand) in very good functioning condition, with key. 30.3 inch scale. One piece maple neck. 24 fret Rosewood fingerboard. Nut width 1 5/8. 3 way toggle switch (non-original with Harley skull). Dunlop strap locks (don’t have original strap buttons). Highly chambered mahogany body with thin maple top means this bass weighs in approximately at 6.8 to 7 pounds using my Mickey Mouse bathroom scales.

  • Gretsch
  • G6199 Billy Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Bass
  • Firebird Red
  • 2007 – Present
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Body Material
  • Maple
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Pickup System
  • Passive
Neck Material
  • Maple
Wood Top Style
  • Plain
Color Family
  • Red
Pickup Configuration
  • HH
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Number of Strings
  • 4-String
Offset Body
  • Yes
Top Material
  • Maple
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway
Number of Frets
  • 24


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