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Live From San Quentin

Let me begin by addressing the question that is surely bubbling forth from your brain: yes, this really is a Masterbuilt Gretsch guitar built out of wood from the infamous San Quentin Prison. Somehow, the Gretsch Custom Shop got their hands on some of the wood that used to act as a barrier between California's most dangerous criminals and the outside world!

Now, that's pretty rock and roll in and of itself, but San Quentin has quite a musical history. B.B. King and Johnny Cash have both recorded live albums there, but the coolest San Quentin-related piece of musical history doesn't even exist on wax. In 1958, Johnny Cash played a show there while a young Merle Haggard was serving time for robbery. Soon after, Merle would join the prison's country band, after which he would go on to release a record or two of his own.

So, this guitar is practically drenched in history and mojo because of its origin, but how does it sound and play? Well, I'm happy to report that it has the same immaculate build quality that we've come to expect from the Gretsch Custom Shop. The C-shaped neck profile has just the right amount of chunkiness, and the vintage-style frets allow you to "feel the wood" and play expressively. It's a blast to play, and it's quite lightweight to boot!

Sonically, it is glorious experience. One-pickup guitars are personal favorites of mine, and this one oozes grip-it-and-rip-it vibes. The single Super'Tron has a wide variety of tones within its wires, and I was able to coax everything from sizzling Bakersfield twang to indie jangle to snarling AC/DC crunch to bluesy wails out of it. Also, by rolling off the tone knob, you can get a great mellow, jazzy sound with a remarkable amount of clarity.

This guitar would be cool because of the wood alone, but it's also a screaming axe sure to inspire any Gretsch devotee to play 'til their fingers bleed. We're proud to showcase such a magnificent instrument, and we're sure it will bring endless delight to some lucky guit-fiddler.


Brand Gretsch
ModelMasterbuilt San Quentin Duo Jet Jr.
MasterbuilderStephen Stern
Finish ColorNatural
Finish TypeRelic
Weight7.34 lbs.
Body WoodSan Quentin Wood
Neck WoodMahogany
Neck ShapeStock C-Shape
Neck Dimensions.860 1st - .970 12th
FingerboardIndian Rosewood
Nut MaterialBone
HeadstockScript on San Quentin Wood
Pickups1 Super'Tron
Controls1 Volume, 1 Tone
HardwareAged Gold
BridgeAdjust-O-Matic with No Base
TunersGotoh Vintage-Style Tuners
CaseHardshell Case

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