Jason Isbell Shows Off His Gretsch ’59 Jet Firebird In ‘Rig Rundown’

Premier Guitar’s Perry Bean caught up with Jason Isbell of The 400 Unit for an episode of Rig Rundown and a peek at Isbell’s gear, including an incredible ’59 Gretsch Jet Firebird that once belonged to a decorated music producer. 

“It used to belong to Peter Stroud at 65amps … he owned this guitar and then sold it to [six-time Grammy Award-winning record producer] Dave Cobb,” said Isbell. “Dave told me at one point if my records sold a certain number of copies he’d give me this guitar — because I don’t think he thought they would [sell]!”

Isbell’s ’59 Gretsch Jet Firebird comes loaded with classic vintage features including a roller bridge and snappy Filter’Tron pickups.

“It’s beat up pretty well in all the right ways, and it’s a Gretsch so it is temperamental,” said Isbell. “But when you get it to the right spot, nothing sounds like it! The thing I like a lot about these [Filter’Tron] pickups is it sounds like you have the guitar miked and the amp miked … it sounds different than anything else.”

Watch Isbell’s full Rig Rundown below, and catch him on tour here.