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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 g...Click To Read More About This Product

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From Bo Diddley, Billy F. Gibbons, and Gretsch.

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.

FEATURES
  • 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

A great mix of retro and modern, the Billy-Bo is a rock legend of the past and present. Order your now.

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Gretsch GuitarsG6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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(16 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Way, way overpriced

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Electric Guitar:

Like most "artist" models, the Billy Bo is an average guitar with an astronomical price tag. I'm a big BFG fan and the look is very cool, but its simply not worth that much money. And Billy has enough hot rods already without me buying him another.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Different

By Russ-yChIj

from Sugar Land, TX

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Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Electric Guitar:

Great quality. Playability is also top notch. The sustain and nuance from this guitar is great. Here's the surprise. This guitar tends to want to sound cleaner than you'd expect. It's not a pure dedicated rocker like a Les Paul might be for example. The treble pickup is bright and loud, and will distort and grind pretty well, but the neck pickup is dark and lacks definiton on the notes. The 'both pickups' switch position is great. Once you realize what sounds this guitar excels at, it's a great instrument. Can cover rock, clean, jazz and more very well. But it's not a great blues guitar, and there are better rockers out there too. I use it mostly to get the old Phil Keaggy sound from Glass Harp in the 70's, which is a driven but clean and rick sound.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

B-B Jupiter Thunderbird

By Steve-C0xKi

from London (yes THAT London)

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Electric Guitar:

It caught my eye when I was in Regent Sounds trying out a bunch of Teles - I'd read the review in Guitarist. Despite the shape I found it very comfortable to play, without the headstock diving floorwards like a Firebird. Nice action, great tone, but overpriced (2000 pounds at the time). My main axe is a Les Paul, & I'm after a Strat for the tonal range it covers. This would have a place on my rack if I had the cash to spare, without a doubt, but I see it as a bit of a niche luxury (at this price) like an EDS-1275.

(2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Out of the Ordinary

By Dr. Mumbo

from Wandering between NY & NC

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Pros

  • Aesthetic
  • Different Looks - Aesthet
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Price

Best Uses

  • Playing Or Just Looking

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Electric Guitar:

I have a lot of guitars - don't know how many because I do not feel like counting them. These include, but are not limited to: '64 Strat, early Strat Plus, USA Telecaster, Rickenbacker 360/6, Gibson Les Paul (1985), Dillion 1500T (surprisingly, a rather nice instrument), Dean Dimebag "Shards of Bone" Razorback (I do not play Metal but could not resist it), B.C. Rich Warlock (see prior entry), Ovation and Tacoma acoustic/electric, acoustic Sterling 12 string from the 70s, a few bass guitars, Brass Resonator, Laptop steel, PRS SE, 1963 Gretsch T100D, Gretsch Wild West, G&L Legacy, Epiphone SG, etc. Add to that the "exotic"guitars i.e.:a few mandolins, a great Recording King Old Time Banjo, Baritone Ukelele - I'm sure you've got the general gist. I try to collect instruments that have a unique sound or genre. For this reason, I could not pass up on the Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird. as itt looks and sounds like nothing else in the collection!

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get this axe!

By Skottmjfarkus

from Naples, Fl

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Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Electric Guitar:

I just played this guitar today at a local music store and I was floored. I plugged it into an Orange Rocker 30 half stack and was able to get some great, raucous tones. This guitar was so easy to play I could shred on it! Anyone who can get this guitar who's thinking about it, just get it. You won't be disappointed

 
5.0

Great Guitar! Surprisingly Versatile

By Crusher

from Venice, FL

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Unique Look

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Electric Guitar:

    I see these reviewers - and only 1 or 2 even own one! WT...? I've owned mine for 2 years. Added a Bigsby. Great playing. Great Sounding. Great to go to a jam or be up on stage & every other guitar player has either a LP, Tele, or Strat. I whip out my Billy-Bo & heads turn. Most often heard: "What kind of guitar is that?" I love being unique. I went a step further & had it pinstriped with hot rod striping. Looks awesome! "Buying Billy another Hot Rod"? Give me a break. If you can't afford it - never played it - you should not be commenting on anything! Ridiculous. It is priced right with other guitars of its quality & lower priced - better quality than the average Les Paul. I use mine for Rockabilly, Blues, Classic Rock, & even jazz. Awesome Sound & Awesome looking. Once you play a Gretsch & feel it come alive - all the others are like playing a dead log.

    (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really, it's a great guitar!

    By Dr. Mumbo

    from Wandering between NY & NC

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    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Electric Guitar:

    This is a solid guitar It sounds good. It is fun to play. It looks good. It's a keeper!

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