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

1958 Gretsch 6120 Black One-of-a-kind Custom Guitar Chet Atkins

OREM, UTAH, 84058, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

£39262

Here we have one of the ultimate Gretsch collector's items! This is a 1958 Gretsch 6120 in a custom black finish. As you may know, there are no custom color 6120s. This is the only known example, aside from the guitars Gretsch built for Chet Atkins himself. The only other black 6120 is the legendary black one played extensively by Atkins throughout his career. The guitar features its original humbucker pickups (this was very early in the game for Humbuckers), original Bigsby tremolo system, and ... more

1960 Gretsch White Falcon Single Cut, Thin Body, Super rare guitar (GRE0449)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$26995

1960 Gretsch White Falcon Single Cut, Thin Body, Super rare version, equipped with a rare set of great sounding "Project-O-Sonic" Filtertron pickups with factory stereo wiring that separate the three pole pieces on the left side of each pickup from the three pole pieces on the right side of each pickup making a full active stereo set up that could be used with two separate amplifiers. The White Falcon is loaded with a huge array of switches and knobs. The original Grover "Imperial" tuners have ... more

1956 Gretsch 6120 All Western Features (#GRE0273)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $25382

1956 Gretsch 6120, Western Orange, All Western features, Cactus & Cowboy inlays, G-Brand, Steer head inlay on peg head, Chet Atkins signpost pickguard, Gold hardware, Two DeArmond Pickups, Fixed arm Bigsby, VG , Original grey hard case, $18, 900 “At Gary’s Classic Guitars we professionally clean setup & pro pack for safe transit to your door! Your business would be appreciated ”... more

1956 Gretsch 6120 (GRE0438)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $22614

1956 Gretsch 6120, Western Orange, “G” Brand, All Western features, Two DeArmond pickups, Chet Atkins Signpost Pickguard, Block inlays with cactus and cowboy inlays, Steer head on headstock, Bigsby, Rare jeweled leather Western strap, EC, Earliest version of the White Cowboy Case... more

1959 Gretsch 6120 (GRE0421)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $19992

1959 Gretsch 6120, Western Orange, Two PAF Filtertrons, "Chet Atkins" sign post pickguard, Ebony fingerboard with Neo Classical inlays, Horseshoe emblem on the peg head, Rare jeweled Leather strap, Stunning example, EC , Clean original hard case... more

1955 Gretsch Roundup (#GRE0366)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$19900

1955 Gretsch Roundup, Western Orange, "G" brand & All Western features, Cactus & Cowboy Leather bound body, Belt buckle campfire tail piece & all Gold parts, Rare model, Excellent condition with an original hard case, $ 19, 900... more

GRETSCH 1958 CHET ATKINS GUITAR SIGNED BY CHET ATKINS CLEAN

HOUSTON, TEXAS, 77063, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$17999

SquareTrade © AP6 0 GRETSCH 1958 CHET ATKINS GUITAR SIGNED BY CHET ATKINS CLEAN Shipping Costs FREE Texas residents are subject to sales tax of 8 25 % Happy Bidding !! Guarantee While we constantly strive for total customer satisfaction on every level, sometimes we fall short! Our goal is 100% customer approval in every area of our business. Our guarantee is simple: Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed? .period ! Please let us know, as soon as possible, if there is anything we can do to ... more

1958 Gretsch 6120, Western Orange (#GRE0390)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $17370

1958 Gretsch 6120, Western Orange, Early example with Smooth pickup rings & pre PAF Filtertrons, Ebony fingerboard with Neoclassical inlays, Signpost pickguard, Bigsby, Cool guitar bought from the family of the original owner, Original hard case, $12, 900... more
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