Gretsch Guitar / Amp Advertisements, 1950s-1980s

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Vintage advertisements; 24 adverts covering a period of 24 years, from 1955 to 1979. Click the images to have a closer look.

Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - "Try this Fast Easy-Playing Guitar" Says Chet Atkins

"Try this Fast Easy-Playing Guitar" Says Chet Atkins
Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - 1955

Gretsch Country Club 6192 / 6193 - The Top Country and Western Stars Play Gretsch

The Top Country and Western Stars Play Gretsch
Gretsch Country Club 6192 / 6193 - 1955

Gretsch Duo Jet 6128 - Your Favorites Play Gretsch

Your Favorites Play Gretsch
Gretsch Duo Jet 6128 - 1955

Gretsch Chet Atkins Solid Body 6121 - "My Favorite Star is Gretsch" says Chet Atkins

"My Favorite Star is Gretsch" says Chet Atkins
Gretsch Chet Atkins Solid Body 6121 - 1956

Gretsch Sal Salvador - The Perfect Set-Up

The Perfect Set-Up
Gretsch Sal Salvador - 1961

Gretsch Single Anniversary 6124 / 6125 - The Sound of Superiority

The Sound of Superiority
Gretsch Single Anniversary 6124 / 6125 - 1962

Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - Theres only one thing as comfortable as the back of this guitar

Theres only one thing as comfortable as the back of this guitar
Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - 1963

Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - Don

Don't mess up the mix
Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - 1963

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - Chet Atkins: the "Personal Touch" built in...

Chet Atkins: the "Personal Touch" built in...
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1963

Gretsch Guitars - Guitarists go for the new Gretsch extras... See them in the new Gretsch guitar catalog

Guitarists go for the new Gretsch extras... See them in the new Gretsch guitar catalog
Gretsch Guitars - 1963

Gretsch Guitars - The Famous Basie Rhythm & that Great Gretsch Sound

The Famous Basie Rhythm & that Great Gretsch Sound
Gretsch Guitars - 1963

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - Chet Atkins Says: Look at it My Way and You

Chet Atkins Says: Look at it My Way and You'll Play a Gretch Too!
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1964

Gretsch Guitars - Everything Goes Greater On Gretsch

Everything Goes Greater On Gretsch
Gretsch Guitars - 1965

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - Chet Atkins says:

Chet Atkins says: 'this shape means sucess!'
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1965

Gretsch Guitars - Just Out! Gretsch Guitar Catalog

Just Out! Gretsch Guitar Catalog
Gretsch Guitars - 1965

Gretsch Astro Jet - Innovation the New Shape of Sound... Gretsch Astro-Jet

Innovation the New Shape of Sound... Gretsch Astro-Jet
Gretsch Astro Jet - 1965

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - "Gretsch", Says Chet, "Is Where The Authentic Sound Is."

"Gretsch", Says Chet, "Is Where The Authentic Sound Is."
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1966

Gretsch Guitars - Gretsch Puts You in the Swing of Things

Gretsch Puts You in the Swing of Things
Gretsch Guitars - 1966

Gretsch Hollow Body Electrics - Are You Cramping Your Syle

Are You Cramping Your Syle
Gretsch Hollow Body Electrics - 1967

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - When you call a guitar a name it better be good

When you call a guitar a name it better be good
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1969

Gretsch Flat tops - Listen Closely to this Page and Hear what a Gretsch Flat Top Guitar Sounds Like

Listen Closely to this Page and Hear what a Gretsch Flat Top Guitar Sounds Like
Gretsch Flat tops - 1969

Gretsch Roc Jet - Introducing the Gretsch Roc Jet - An Exceedingly Fine Guitar

Introducing the Gretsch Roc Jet - An Exceedingly Fine Guitar
Gretsch Roc Jet - 1971

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - Give Your Sound the Professional Edge

Give Your Sound the Professional Edge
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1972

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - The Country Gentleman

The Country Gentleman
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1979


Guitar makers have advertised in music magazines such as Down Beat, Guitar Player and very many more. Some manufacturers advertised widely (Guild, Gibson, Fender) but many more didn't and adverts are few and far between. Here are some of my favourite ads out of the ones i've seen. You can browse through all the images from the category links above, or by manufacturer from the links below.

AMPS
Ampeg, Leslie, Marshall, Orange, Peavey, Sunn
GUITARS
Epiphone, Fender, G&L, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, Hagstrom, Harmony, Martin, Music Man, Rickenbacker, Vox

1967 Epiphone Ad featuring a psychedelic fish playing an Epiphone Riviera 1967 Fender Ad - Full Colour Sound
1967 Epiphone Ad featuring a psychedelic fish playing an Epiphone Riviera 1967 Fender Ad - Full Colour Sound
1973 Fender Stratocaster add - The Worlds Favourite Flying Machine 1972 Gibson Ad featuring BB King - The Man And The Woman
1973 Fender Stratocaster add - The Worlds Favourite Flying Machine 1972 Gibson Ad featuring BB King - The Man And The Woman

Vintage Gretsch guitars for sale

Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean 1963 Electric Guitar (Used)

YOKOHAMA, KANAGAWA, JAPAN

$5023

Template CPHBLK2 Descriptions -As Gretsch of this age, it is in very good condition, with only a slight degradation of binding, and fewer cracks 60% ~ 70% of the frets are left, the neck is almost straight at present, and the rod has extra room The peg has been replaced With original hard case -Product rank (B ):There are scratches, rusts, & dents. But, no problems for normal use Operation check, cleaning processed Payment WE ACCEPT "PAYPAL" ONLY. Sorry, No Credit Card Available. Sign up for ... more

Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean 1963

JAPAN

$4583

TitleDescriptionWhy choose us? 2 Years Guarantee Our Products are 100% Authentic. You always have the right to a 2-years guarantee. We have experienced many international shipping. We guarantee the safety, security, and privacy of your valuables. The Guarantee Covers Any material or manufacturing defect recognised by Far East Man Music After Sales Service team. Length Of The Guarantee Some of our products comes with 2 years from the date of purchase. Our company "Far East Man" is a musical ... more

Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Nashville 1969 orange PLEK'D SERVICED w / case

STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, 28677, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2699

6120 Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville 1969 Orange Color PLEK'D Guitar w / case This guitar has been thoroughly tested and serviced by a very reputable local company-" Elliot Guitars" right before we've listed online. Plays and sounds great, but shows lots of cosmetic wear!Pls, take a look at the last picture of the receipt that shows the work been done to it 1. Restring 2. ADJUST NECK / TRUSS ROD3. ADJUST ACTION4. ADJUST PU HIGHT6. INSPECT / CLEAN NUT SLOTS7. POLISH FRETS8. TUNE TP PITCH9. SET ... more

1969 GRETSCH 100% ORIGINAL VINTAGE 6186 CLIPPER ELEC GUITAR w / FACTOR HARD CASE

WEST ISLIP, NEW YORK, 11795, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1119

UP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IS THIS GORGEOUS VINTAGE TIME CAPSULE!! A 1969 GRETSCH 100% ORIGINAL VINTAGE 6186 CLIPPER ELECTRIC GUITAR SERIAL # 39027 w / FACTORY ORIGINAL GRETSCH HARD SHELL CASE . I PURCHASED THIS BEAUTY FROM A LONG TIME FRIEND AND ORIGINAL OWNER AS SHOWN IN THE PICTURE OF US .EVEN HAS ORIGINAL GRETSCH CLEANING CLOTH FROM 1969 LOL . THE ORIGINAL OWNER TOLD ME HE WAS A JAZZ PLAYER DECADES AGO AND LIKED THE ACTION A LITTLE HI AND ONLY USED FLATWOUND STRINGS HE THEN TOLD ME THESE ... more

VINTAGE 1950's USA GRETSCH GUITAR TUNER MARTIN EPIPHONE WAVERLY

PLANO, TEXAS, 75025, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$69

ORIGINAL1950's WAVERLY GUITAR TUNER PLASTIC BUTTON-NOT BRITTLE, STRING SHAFT MEASURES 1" LENGTH, NOT BENT, NO CRACKS IN BUTTON, TUNER OPERATES NICELY. VINTAGE PATINA, BUTTON NICELY AMBERED FROM AGE. ONE TUNER, E-A-D SIDE THANKS FOR LOOKING!... more

2005 Gretsch G6120W-1957 Eddie Cochran Signature Guitar Western Orange G6120EC

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 98117, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2299

Up for sale, a 2005 Gretsch G6120W-1957 in exceptional, near mint condition and perfect working order. Built as a tribute to rockabilly luminary Eddie Cochran (before Gretsch acquired the rights to officially call it an "Eddie Cochran Signature" model), this guitar bears all the features that made his personal guitar unique, with a transparent pickguard, dogear P-90 in the neck position, and DeArmond Dynasonic in the bridge. With a 16" fully hollow all maple body and sound post bracing, this ... more

Vintage Gretsch 1967 ? 1966? 6003 Acoustic Model very good conditon mit case

HESSEN, GERMANY

€799

Sammlungsreduzierung: Eine phantastische alte Gretsch Acoustic lt. Seriennummerdecoder von 1967. Sie befindet sich - neben den üblichen Gebrauchsspuren - in einem für das hohe Alter extrem schönem Zustand da sie sehr pfleglich behandelt wurde. Lediglich das Schlagbrett hat sich gelöst, aber das kann man ja tauschen. Das binding hingegen ist für eine 60ties Gretsch extrem schön erhalten. Der klang ist sensationell, sehr ausgewogen und resonant Also nur für Leute, die sehr gute Gitarren mit... more

Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins 1964 Orenge Electric Guitar (Used)

YOKOHAMA, KANAGAWA, JAPAN

$4063

Template CPHBLK2 Descriptions -Although fine bruises and abrasions are generally seen, the collapse of the binding seen in vintage Gretsch is not noticeable and remains in good condition. Although the truss rod feels narrow in the direction of loosening, it is almost straight at present and the neck condition is good. There is partial wear that is relatively noticeable in the low code position with the rifflet finished, but it is about 50% overall and there is no problem with the playability. It... more
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