Basically it did not look this good when I got it. It had some funky black painted on pick guard on front. I made a pick guard, cleaned and set up. I also added 1970's Killer Humbucker I had for last 20+ years in my stash. I added Tweed Gig Bag. It plays easy as Butter, sounds UNREAL, that switch has great other out of phase tone, it doesn't feedback at high Vol. These are Rare, and part of Gretsch History. It is BETTER than it was New!
Gretsch Traveling Wilburys
At the behest of George Harrison, a floundering Gretsch was commissioned to build a promotional instrument for the Harrison/Dylan/Orbison/Lynn/Petty project. These guitars were made in Korea for Gretsch and signaled their return to guitar making in 1988 Designed to pay homage to the Danelectro's of the 1950s and 60s, they were in production from 1988-1992. It has a white finish with Traveling Wilbury's graphics (no two alike) on the front and an autograph of band members stamped on the back. It's made of masonite (ala DanElectro), so it's very light. Production numbers are unknown but TWs were offered in as many as 6 configurations and were priced accordingly (TW-100; TW-200; TW-300; TW-500; TW-600). Most commonly seen in the market are the 100s and 200s. Variances in models were pickups and hardware configurations. Curiously, they couldn't seem to decide where to place the pickup on the TW 300. Some are located at the bridge and some are in the middle. ????????
GENERAL INFO/CONDITION: This TW-300 Traveling Wilburys electric guitar is KILLER FUN!!!!
The TW-300 is the model used by Harrison in the 'Handle with Care' video.
TUNERS/HEADSTOCK: Good quality, covered chrome Wilkinson 'Fender Vintage' style tuners; in proper working order. NECK: Bolt-on, 18 frets. It has mother of pearl/plastic circular inlays for fret markers. The action is low-fast.
The neck is straight and all the electronics work properly. The frets are in excellent shape. There's an adjustable truss rod. The fingerboard is dark rosewood.
PICKUP: One Humbucker 1970's Dimarzio Super Distortion Creme pickup. One tone and one volume controls. This pickup has a serious bite! If either the tone or volume control are turned down slightly the tone becomes much smoother, so I'm assuming they have a built-in roll-off feature.
These sell for $650 if you can find them!