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

1971 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Guitar Model 6122 with original case

MIDDLETOWN, DELAWARE, 19709, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999

This is a 1971 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Guitar model 6122 serial no. 81167 with original case. The guitar and case are in very good condition with only minor wear and tear, notably on the edge banding where the white banding has yellowed over the years with a few areas of cracking. Otherwise the guitar looks great. It is all original, the leather "pad" on the back of the guitar looks almost new and the guitar still sounds great plugged into an amp with working pick-ups. It also ... more

Vintage 1960s Grover Imperial Tuners Gibson Gretsch Archtop Chrome Black Penguin

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 60618, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$250

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration, A completely original and fantastic Vintage original 1960's Grover Imperial Tuner Set Chrome finish and in nice shape with the original ferrules Correct for a variety of Gretsch guitars Also found on Gibson guitars from time to time, as a factory ordered upgrade or aftermarket upgrade WE SHIP WORLDWIDE Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT!... more

1967 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6119 Tennessean with Bigsby and Gretsch Case

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, 90802, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1895

1967 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6119 Tennessean with Bigsby and Gretsch Case. Condition is Used. same model and make George Harrison used on the majority of his beatles recordings. There are no issues with the binding. I have the original saddle and all of its parts, but currently I have a brand new chrome metal bridge piece on. The old piece works fine is very low action and had a slight buzz on the e string. The pieces are easily interchangeable. The guitar sounds great is ready for a professional ... more

c. 1979 Gretsch TK-300 Bass 7626 Autumn Red

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 21224, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1099

Check US Out By Clicking the About Me Icon! c 1979 Gretsch TK-300 Bass 7626 A cool Gretsch TK-300 Bass. Autumn Red over a figured body, Super Tron pickup, Hockey Stick Headstock, Factory Schaller Tuners, Bridge Cover intact, and 30 inch scale. The bass is in very good plus condition displaying some average play wear with nick, dings, and some finish checking. No cracks or crack repairs. A fun all original bass Maryland buyers add 6% sales tax to purchase. International Buyers International ... more

1962 Gretsch "Chet Atkins" Tennessean (GRE0442)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4995

1962 Gretsch "Chet Atkins" Tennessean, Deep Burgundy finish, Single cutaway, Two Hi Lo-Tron pickups, large bar bridge, Raised Grey pickguard with logo, Bigsby, Gorgeous guitar, Ready to play, Similar to George Harrison’s, EC, Clean original hard case, $4, 995 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4... more

1956 Gretsch Jet Firebird (#GRE0342)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8395

1956 Gretsch Jet Firebird, Red with Black back & sides, Two DeArmond pickups, Block inlays, Nice full neck, Great action, One owner guitar, Excellent condition, Original Tweed Hard case “At Gary’s Classic Guitars we professionally clean, setup & pro pack for safe transit of your new guitar to your door! We would love to earn your business ”... more

Vintage 1960’s Gold Gretsch Bigsby Guitar Vibrato Tailpiece Original B-6G

CANYON, TEXAS, 79015, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$395

from estate, original part - good condition - - $13 S / H to U S.
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Vintage 1960’s Gretsch Viking Guitar Original Gold Tuning Fork Floating Bridge

CANYON, TEXAS, 79015, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$295

from estate, original part - good condition - - $10 S / H to U S.
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