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Vintage Gretsch Guitars

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, Duane Eddy, George Harrison of the Beatles, Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, and many more.

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.



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1971 and 1976 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
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 Catalogue
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 Guitar Catalogue
'That Great Gretsch sound' - full scan of all 36 pages. Features all guitars, basses, acoustics and amplifiers produced by Gretsch at that time. White Falcon, Viking, Country Gentleman, Country Club, Nashville, Tennessean, Duo Jet and many more.


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Gretsch 1962 Red Peppermint Twist 6109 Corvette Body & Neck

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1960's Gretsch Corvette, awesome player, Make me an offer free shipping Con. USA

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Vintage 1960's Gretsch Back Cover Plate

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Gretsch G6120DC Double Cut Chet Atkins 1963 1962 Vintage Style 6120 FilterTron

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Vintage Gretsch Gold Pickup Ring 1970's

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GRETSCH G6122-1962 CHET ATKINS COUNTRY GENTLEMAN

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Gretsch G6131T-1965TVP Power Jet Firebird FSR Duo Jet 60's Malcolm Young Style

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Gretsch G6122-1962 Country Classic Electric Guitar Chet Atkins Gentleman w/ohsc

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Gretsch G6134-1962 Limited Edition White Penguin Double Cutaway w/ case

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Gretsch Vintage 1964 White Falcon Double Cutaway Electric Guitar (SN:68771)

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USED Gretsch #7670 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 1970's w/ OHSC

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Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet Double Cutaway/ 2011 mfg Date Japan Terada WOHC

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UK ebay listings

VINTAGE 1967 GRETSCH 6071 BASS OHSC- ALL ORIG. REPAIRMAN SPECIAL

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1972 Gretsch Roc Jet Model 7610 Electric Guitar Black Finish Solid Body OHSC

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GRETSCH G6122-1962LH LEFTY CHET ATKINS COUNTRY GENTLEMAN GUITAR

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1970s Gretsch Committee 7629 Bass Guitar- OHSC (SKU 5100)

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Gretsch 1962 Chrome Rocking Bar Archtop Bridge

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L@@K GRETSCH 1959 NASHVILLE CLASSIC(COUNTRY GENT) OHSC MIJ TRADE SWAP P/X L@@K

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GRETSCH 8210 BST 1000 1970S GUITAR

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GRETSCH G6122-1962 CHET ATKINS COUNTRY GENTLEMAN

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GRETSCH G6119-1962HT CHET ATKINS TENNESSEE ROSE - HILO 'TRONS - HSC

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GRETSCH G6122 1959 NASHVILLE CLASSIC SUNBURST. ONLY 9 EVER MADE COLLECTORS DREAM

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Gretsch G6119-1962HT Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose Electric Guitar - Burgundy Stain

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German ebay listings

1967 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennesean - Redbrown Burst - Bigsby - HiLo Trons

Current price: €3125.00
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1964 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Nashville DC No3 - Burgundy Custom - RARE !!!

Current price: €5200.00
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1967 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean No.3 - Redbrown - Bigsby - HiLo Trons

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Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville – 1966 guitar

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Gretsch original Vintage - G -Tailpiece 1967 chrom

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1961 Gretsch 6050 New Yorker Archtop Guitar - Sunburst

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Anthony Comment left 11th May 2013 06:06:46
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.

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