Gretsch Billy G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird USA Steven Stern Flame Maple w/ Tweed OHSC


Condition Used Excellent


This is part of a huge collection of guitars we are selling for a client who’s husband passed away 3 years ago. He was a man of discerning taste and kept the collection in impeccable condition. When I walked into the room of literally hundreds of guitars on display, all top shelf, desirable, unique and some very eclectic, I felt like I went to guitar heaven. I will be adding many more guitars to the site in the coming days.

This guitar was custom built by Stephen Stern as a one off custom. It features a gorgeous flame maple top as well at the craftsmanship that only a USA made Guild can have. There is a small chip in the clear coat on the back of the guitar on the belly contour that can be easily filled and buffed out and some hanger rub on the headstock. Other than that the guitar is exceptionally clean and an absolute fantastic player.

“Some time ago, Bo gave me the guitar as a gift. It was during the recent ZZ Top recordings, when the engineering crew and I snaked through the guitar vault searching for that certain-something guitar, and there it was! We didn’t risk subjecting such a rare instrument to the rigors of the road. So this new reproduction model was recreated with some BFG mojo thrown in for good measure. It’s now the main stage guitar with a groove.” – Billy F Gibbons.

Rock luminaries Billy F Gibbons and Bo Diddley have joined forces to bring you a 21st-century version of the elusive Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird now dubbed the Billy-Bo which was designed in ’59 by the talented Bo Diddley himself!


  • Model: Gretsch Masterbuilt Stephen Stern G6199 Bill-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird
  • Finish Color: Trans Orange
  • Top Wood: Flamed Maple
  • Headstock Flamed Maple
  • Back & Sides Wood: Chambered Mahogany
  • Neck Wood: 1 Piece Mahogany
  • Neck Dimensions: .850 1st – .950 12th
  • Fingerboard Material: Ebony
  • Scale Length: 24.6″
  • Width at Nut: 1.6875″
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Frets: 22
  • Binding: Cream
  • Pickups: TV Jones Power’Trons
  • Controls: Volume Neck, Volume Bridge, Master Volume, 3-Way Tone Switch , 3-Way PU Selector
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Bridge: Adjusto-Matic
  • Tuners: Gold Grover Imperials
  • Pickguard: Gold Anodized
  • Case: Gretsch Tweed Deluxe Hardshell

Additional information

Weight 75 lbs


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