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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

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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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VINTAGE 1950's USA GRETSCH GUITAR TUNER MARTIN EPIPHONE WAVERLY

PLANO, TEXAS, 75025, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $87

ORIGINAL1950's WAVERLY GUITAR TUNER PLASTIC BUTTON-NOT BRITTLE, STRING SHAFT MEASURES 1" LENGTH, HOLE TO HOLE MEASURES 1 " , OVERALL BASEPLATE LENGTH IS 1 1 / 4 " . NOT BENT, NO CRACKS IN BUTTON, TUNER OPERATES NICELY. VINTAGE PATINA, BUTTON NICELY AMBERED FROM AGE. ONE TUNER, G-B-E SIDE THANKS FOR LOOKING!... more

Vintage Gretsch Guitar Catalog Chet Atkins 1968

LENOIR, NORTH CAROLINA, 28645, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$50

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VINTAGE 1961 USA GRETSCH GUITAR BRIDGE WHEELS STUDS ROCKING BAR NICKEL 1962

PLANO, TEXAS, 75025, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$125

ORIGINAL EARLY 1960's USA GRETSCH NICKEL FINISH, , THREADS ARE GOOD, NORMAL LIGHT WEAR WITH LIGHT VINTAGE PATINA, MATCHED SET .THANKS FOR LOOKING!... more

1963 Gretsch Tennessean (#GRE0395)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5995

1963 Gretsch Tennessean, Deep Burgundy, Same year as George Harrison’s, Beautifully figured top, Two Hilo-tron Pickups, Bigsby, Stunning! Excellent condition, Original hard case, $5, 995... more

1961 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6119 (GRE0429)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4295

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1954 Gretsch 6129 Silver Jet carcass

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA, 94085, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1260

see above. no case- will be sent in box within box... more

Gretsch G6122T-62GE Golden Era 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Guitar Walnut

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, 64161, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999

Gretsch G6122T-62GE Golden Era 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Guitar Walnut A distinguished instrument from the earliest days of the British Invasion. Made famous by The Beatles’ George Harrison, the 1962 Country Gentleman is the sound of rock ‘n’ roll. The Vintage Select ‘62 Country Gentleman has the unmistakable sound and style that marked the beginning of a musical invasion. Sonically, this guitar is ready to tear it up with flexible tone that fits any musical situation A pair of ... more

1962 Gretsch Country Gentleman

FRANKLIN, OHIO, 45005, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$11998

1962 Gretsch Country GentlemanOriginal with original case, Exceptionally heavy flamed. We have never seen one with this much flame before, in hand or pictured, until now, same model with all the same appointments as George Harrisons first Country Gentleman 100% in working order. Extemely rare with dail up string mutes, Gold hardware, Two Filtetron pick ups This is the one to have. AT DAYTON VINTAGE GUITARS & AMPS YOUR GUITAR WILL BE PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED AND SETUP WITH NEW STRINGS. SAFELY ... 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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