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 Electromatic G5120 Electric Guitar

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 90008, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$450

Gretsch guitar model G5120. Flawless condition, Bigsby tremlo rare clear pick guard original!... more

Vintage 1964 Gretsch 6186 Clipper Hollywood Hollow Body w / Case! RARE! NICE!!!!

SANTEE, CALIFORNIA, 92071, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1199

At top 40 guitarsour customers satisfaction is our first concern All of out items have a 14 day return policy If after 14 days you are not completely satisfiedwith your purchase, please return it for a full refund .Peace be with you *all returned items must be in the same condition theywere at the time of sale. All original packing must be included. #5728 Up for Sale is aVintage 1964 Gretsch 6186 Clipper Hollywood! Original Hi' Lo Tron Pickup! Made In USA! This is really cool. You are looking ... more

1969 Gretsch Nashville guitar

WOOSTER, OHIO, 44691, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2600

1969 Gretsch Nashville guitar. Condition is Used. I've owned this guitar since 1977 and have played it occasionally. The guitar is in excellent condition, no checking, no issues. Neck and frets are in good condition. Electronics working perfectly. All original except the bridge It comes with the original Gretsch hardshell case. It is a great player guitar and I've always enjoyed playing it over the years. it has that distinctive 'Gretsch' sound! Look closely at the pictures to see what great ... more

VINTAGE 1957 GRETSCH CHET ATKINS PICKGUARD FOR 6121 ROUNDUP

VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA, 91607, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$425

You are buying an original VINTAGE 1957 GRETSCH CHET ATKINS PICKGUARD FOR A 50'S GRETSCH 6121 ROUNDUP. Please view photos and email questions before buying. Payment is due upon purchase. No International shipping unless you use the Ebay Global Shipping program which charges an additional fee.... more

1957 Gretsch 6120 (#GRE0385)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$12900

1957 Gretsch 6120, Western Orange, Gold Hardware, Two DeArmond pickups, Hump Block inlays, Signpost pickguard, Bigsby, Gorgeous example!! Excellent condition, Clean original White Cowboy case, $12, 900 “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

1978 Gretsch 7680 Atkins Super Axe Orange with Case

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 60641, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1400

GRETSCH CHET ATKINS SUPER AXE 7680. Excellent Condition. On Board Phaser and Compression. The last model Chet Atkins designed for Gretsch. I have owned this guitar since 1984. Available for Delivery or Local Pick Up In Chicago. Delivery in the Chicago - Rockford - Milwaukee area is also possible. Shipping would be expensive and risk the guitar to damage. cherry finish, double bound large maple body, maple neck, bound ebony fretboard, zero fret, square inlays, 22 frets, 2 humbucking pickups, ... more

VINTAGE DORADO BY GRETSCH 5987 ACOUSTIC GUITAR

WATERFORD, MICHIGAN, 48328, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $298

VINTAGE DORADO BY GRETSCH 5987 ACOUSTIC GUITAR. 70s VINTAGE DORADO BY GRETSCH 5987 ACOUSTIC GUITAR THE GUITAR DOES HAVE SOME PLAY WEAR & SCRATCHES, HAS DAMAGE ON THE BRIDGE, NEEDS SOME TLC FIX UP! PAY ABILITY, PLAYS & SOUNDS GREAT. Spruce Top, Cherry Sides and Back. Comes with old Soft Case. Estate Guitar and are sold as is with no returns. I will describe to the best of my ability, these are used instruments, most with very little play. Shipping to the lower 48 states only, no international ... more

Vintage 1967 Gretsch Rally Project Hollowbody Guitar Husk for Repair 1960's

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 11211, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$695

This listing is for a Vintage 1967 Gretsch Rally Hollowbody Electric Guitar Body-Husk. This guitar is being sold AS-IS and as you can see the listing is just for the body or husk of the guitar as pictured. The guitar is need or a major repair or restoration. This guitar has obviously seen better days but hopefully a good tech can bring this one back to life. The major issues are the guitar needs neck & fret work. The neck is not straight and the truss seems to only adjust a portion of the neck. ... more
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