Gretsch Electric Guitar and Bass List

Instruments manufactured by the Gretsch Guitar Corporation

Vintage Gretsch guitars

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Gretsch were producing musical instruments from the end of the 19th century, however the first guitars appeared in the 1930s. The period that interests most vintage guitar collectors though, is that of the presidency of Fred Gretsch Jr. starting in 1948. Guitars were built in New York, USA.

In the 1950s, and especially 1960s, Gretsch guitars were very popular, and widely respected, with endorsements and use by the likes of Chet Atkins, Bo Diddley and Duane Eddy. By 1964, demand was far exceeding supply: the use of Gretsch guitars by Beatle George Harrison, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, (and later Mike Nesmith of the Monkees) placed the brand center-stage in the rapidly expanding guitar market of mid-sixties America. But it will always be the name of country artist Chet Atkins, that is most associated with Gretsch, appearing as it does on the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman, Chet Atkins Nashville and Chet Atkins Tennessean guitars.

In 1967, Fred Gretsch decided to sell up. Buyers Baldwin, were already producing guitars in Booneville, Arkansas. They had previously bought British guitar company Burns, just two years earlier, and parts were shipped from the UK, and assembled in the US. With Gretsch production in New York, it was inevitable that one factory would close. In 1970 Gretsch moved to Booneville, where it remained throughout the 1970s.

Finally as the 70s turned into the 80s, a small number of Gretsch guitars were produced in Kansas and then Tennessee, before production ceased in 1981.

Today, Gretsch guitars are produced by Fender.

Gretsch hollow body guitars

7609 Gretsch Broadcaster 6192 / 6193 Gretsch Country Club
6122 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
1971 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
1976 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
6120 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body / Nashville
6119 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean
1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean
6186 Gretsch Clipper
6117 / 6118 Gretsch Double Anniversary
6124 / 6125 Gretsch Single Anniversary
6199 Gretsch Sal Salvador
6186 6104 / 6105 Gretsch Rally
7690 Gretsch Super Chet
6187 / 6188 / 6189 Gretsch Viking
6136 / 6137 Gretsch White Falcon / Stereo

Gretsch solid-body guitars

6126 Gretsch Astro Jet
6121 Gretsch Chet Atkins Solid Body
7628 Gretsch Committee
6132 / 6134 / 6135 Gretsch Corvette
6128 Gretsch Duo Jet
6131 Gretsch Jet Fire Bird
7680 Gretsch Super Axe
7685 Gretsch Atkins Axe
7611 Gretsch Roc Jet
7620 Gretsch Country Roc
7625 Gretsch TK 300

Gretsch acoustic guitars

6014 Gretsch Corsair
6038 / 6039 / 6040 / 6041 Gretsch Eldorado
6003 Gretsch Folk
6000 Gretsch Golden Classic
6050 Gretsch New Yorker
6005 Gretsch Ozark
6022 Gretsch Rancher
6001 Gretsch Silver Classic
6010 Gretsch Sun Valley

Gretsch catalogs

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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.
1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.
1976 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country GentlemanTwo new photosets of 1970s Gretsch guitars. A 1971 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman and a 1976 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman. Both guitars have that 17" maple hollowbody, maple neck and ebony fretboard. Gretsch altered models continuously, and despite having been produced just five years apart, these guitars have numerous differences in hardware. The essential Country Gent features are there in both guitars.
Gretsch 1979 guitar and bass catalogueThat Great Gretsch Sound. The 1979 Gretsch catalogue has the new Gretsch Committee on it's front cover, and features a selection of hollow, semi-hollow and solid-body guitars and basses. This was printed shortly after Chet Atkins ended his involvement with Gretsch, and although he is not mentioned explicitly, many of the models featured have some form of Chet Atkins connection, be it a name or signature-embossed scratchplate.
1968 Gretsch catalog'That Great Gretsch sound' - full scan of all 36 pages. Features all guitars, basses, acoustics and amplifiers produced by Gretsch at that time. Electric guitars: White Falcon, Viking, Country Gentleman, Nashville, Tennessean, Double Anniversary, Single Anniversary, Jet Fire Bird, Duo Jet, Corvette, Clipper, Rally Acoustics: Rancher, Folk, Sun Valley, Silver Classic, Eldorado, New Yorker Basses: 6071, 6073 Amplifiers: Fury, Chet Atkins, Dual Playboy, Tornado, Nashville, Rogue, Super Bass, Pro Bass, Dual Twin, Compact, Pre Amp Reverb, Deluxe Reverb.
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Gretsch guitars for sale

GRETSCH PADDED BACK COVER VINTAGE GRETSH BACK PAD EXCELLENT CONDITION VINTAGE

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, 37217, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$99

BIG PARTS SALE SEE MY OTHER AUCTIONS MORE GUITARS MORE BASSES MORE PEDALS MORE PARTS MORES CASES MORE COOL MUSIC STUFF READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION! PLEASE READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE BIDDING I have come to the realization that I have too many parts lying around. So I am cleaning out the parts bin. For your consideration today is a padded back cover for your Gretsch or Vox guitar or bass. I have no idea what this came from so I will give you the dimension : Length 14" Width 12 5 / 8" Measurements ... more

1961 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6119 (GRE0429)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4295

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 1961 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6119, Western Red finish, Filtertron pickup, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with neoclassical inlays, Bigsby, Cool guitar! Beautiful clean condition, Original hard case... more

1970 SHO BRO 7705 “Hawaiian” Resonator guitar by Gretsch for that Dobro Lover !

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, 33327, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1250

WE ARE FLORIDA'S OLDEST VINTAGE GUITAR SHOP ! 1970 SHO-BRO 7705 “Hawaiian” Resonator Gretsches Dobro w / a cowboy touch ! Very cool resonator guitar made by Gretsch in the USA in 1969, very nice spruce top w / a natural finish, its maple back, sides and neck have a lovely sunburst finish, a chrome spider cone resonator, celluloid fretboard with playing card symbols, full cream binding, nickel tuners, all original hardware, Pearl dot inlays, steel nut, Chesterfield headstock logo, excellent ... more

1978 Gretsch 7660 Chet Atkins Bigsby Tremelo with Original Hard Sell Case

BALDWIN, NEW YORK, 11510, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1750

1978 Gretsch 7660 Chet Atkins Bigsby Tremelowith Original Hard Shell Case This Guitar is in excellent condition. It is 99% all original. The following has been changed. Gretsch Tuners were replaced with German Schallers ( actually a better tuner). Tone and selector switches have been replaced but are wired as original. In addition the pick-ups have had plugs added to the harness. The hard shell case is original. Rough on the outside but mint internally. Everything works perfectly as designed! ... more

1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet Firebird the cleanest all original on the planet !

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, 33327, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5995

WE ARE FLORIDA'S OLDEST VINTAGE GUITAR SHOP ! 1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet Firebird the cleanest original example in the World ! !!! This is the most beautiful & all original example of an early Jet Firebird we have ever had in our 28 years in biz, its Oriental Red finish top is incredibly clean other than some weather checking, its Black finished back & neck have only slight play wear still retaining most of its original finish, its 2 D’Armond pickups are super punchy & have that fantastic brittle ... more

Gretsch Chet Atkins G6120-1959LTV Electric Guitar Lacquer Finish TV Jones Pickup

HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, 07029, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2787

Gretsch Chet Atkins G6120-1959LTV Electric Guitar Lacquer Finish TV Jones Pickup Shipped with FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery.... more

1972 Gretsch Country Club 7575 Dealer Sheet

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA, 70605, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $39

1972 case candy dealer brochure from Gretsch. Country Club 7575 Full description with photo, specs and options. Apprx 4x8 5 Color, double sided #vintage #vintageguitar #1972 #gretsch #7575 #countryclub #casecandy #dealer #ephemera... more

Gretsch G6122T-62GE Vintage Select 1962 Country Gentleman Walnut Stain w / OHSC

HIGHLAND PARK, ILLINOIS, 60035, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999

Gretsch G6122T-62GE Vintage Select 1962 Country Gentleman Walnut Stain w / OHSC Serial Number Jt17092758 This guitar is brand new, comes with its original hardshell case, certificate of authenticity, case candy and certificate of authenticity. The Music Gallery of Highland Park is proud to be an authorized Gretsch dealer so this guitar comes with its full manufacturers warranty. Made famous by the Beatles' George Harrison, the Gretsch G6122T-62GE Vintage Select 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman... more

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Anthony Comment left 11th May 2013 07:07:46 reply
I need help. I have a vintage gretsch that's got to be around a 1940 to lat 1950 I'm just curious what kind it is what year and what it's worth. I don't know how to post pics so if you want to email me i would definitely appreciate it. Thanks guys.
Edh Stanley Comment left 18th May 2017 04:04:47 reply
Hello, If you know the serial number, I can find the date for you. It should be found inside the guitar, viewable through an F hole. Let me know. Cheers, Edh

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