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 Tornado Vintage Guitar Amp

CAROL STREAM, ILLINOIS, 60188, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $536

For sale Vintage Gretsch Tornado guitar amp. This is extremely rare vintage amp and you don't see these for sale every day. The amp is solid state and it works. One speaker connection on amp needs repair, it works On and Off. Some of knobs sound scratchy (need cleaning). The amp comes with original cover with Tornado logo. This amp looks good being 50 years old. Also have matching Original 2 column speakers 3-12” speakers in each column. (Speakers are NOT for sale at this time)!!! I did not ... more

1964-65 VINTAGE KLUSON "WAFFLE BACK" GUITAR TUNER (RIGHT SIDE) GIBSON-GRETSCH

PLANO, TEXAS, 75025, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$59

AUTHENTIC VINTAGE PIECE FOR YOUR REPAIR OR RESTORATION. SMOOTH AND SOLID OPERATION. PLATING INTACT WITH NORMAL OXIDATION. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TUNER IS SPECIFIC TO THE RIGHT OR "TREBLE" SIDE OF HEADSTOCK. THANKS FOR LOOKING!... more

1963 Gretsch Tennessean (GRE0345)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4295

1963 Gretsch Tennessean, Walnut Brown, Same year as George Harrison’s, Two Hilo-tron Pickups, Bigsby, Plays great with a recent neck reset, Original hard case Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4... more

1958 Gretsch 6196 Country Club Project-O-Sonic Cadillac Green Vintage Guitar

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, 91506, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

£3344

1958 Gretsch Country Club Rare Project-O-Sonic ModelIn Good Overall Condition (See All Photos) Original Cadillac Green Finish Shows Wear And Marks (See All Photos) Some Binding Deterioration Has Occurred, But The Binding Is Stable Wired Mono From Original Stereo Original Frets In Good Playing Condition Original Pickups Do Not Have Strong Output But Are Functional And Sound Great Input Jack Is Covered By A Larger Plate Indicating A Past Repair Volume And Tone Knobs At Lower Bout Are Correct ... more

1972 Gretsch Country Gentleman - Model 7670

TARZANA, CALIFORNIA, 91356, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2299

Selling a used 1972 Gretsch Country Gentleman - Model 7670. This guitar is in excellent shape given it's age and looks like it may have only been a 1 owner guitar prior to me buying it. The body is in amazing condition with only light checking around the headstock neck joint. You'll notice the F holes are real unlike some other Country Gentlemans where the F holes were painted on. I've included as many detailed photos as I could including a few dings on the edges of the headstock, some fading in... more

Gretsch HI-LO TRON PICKUP Vintage 1960'S USA

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, 91105, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$120

1960's Gretsch HiLo-Tron Pickup. Great shape with no surround. For all Gretsch Guitars like the Tennessean and others. Real vintage part made in the USA! $20 00 shipping in the USA Please email or text 323-574-1381 Thanks!!... more

1950s Gretsch 6930 Standard Soprano Ukulele!

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 98126, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$674

1950s Gretsch 6930 Standard Soprano UkuleleThe one, the only, the Elite Stratocaster. Built in the early 80s these guitars had some appointments similar to a normal Strat as well as some appointments that catered to the rockers from the era. This 83 Elite is overall in great shape and sounds fabulous. Great playability up and down the neck. Cool Strat! Comes with the original hardshell case. - See more at: http: / / www vintageandrare com / product / ... more

Vintage Gretsch Acoustic Guitar

RIDGEFIELD, CONNECTICUT, 06877, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$625

Gretsch 6010 SunValley Acoustic Guitar Natural with original case in very good condition. Gretsch Sun Valley Model 6010, first produced in the late 50s, the model lasted about twenty years. The Model 6010 was a large, dread-shaped guitar. The body is rosewood ply, and the X-braced top is solid spruce. The neck is mahogany topped with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The bound headstock has Gretsch inlaid in abalone. Tuners are original, individual type with metal buttons. This model has an ... more
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