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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 catalogs

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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.
'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 G6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gent. Walnut Stain with Case - 1003053414

REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA, 94063, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2599

Gretsch G6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Electric Guitar in Walnut Stain with Case - 1003053414 The Gretsch G6122-1962: An Extraordinary Gentleman! Designed with the sophisticated guitarist in mind, the Gretsch G6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar builds atop a hollow maple body with an impressive amount of special features and accessories. Made to be Played! The all-maple construction and hollowbody design of the G6122 yield a bright tone that resonates organically. The ... more

1956 Gretsch 6196 Country Club Guitar One Owner 100% Original BEST YOU WILL FIND

SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, 33702, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8500

1956 Gretsch 6196 Country Club Arch Top Guitar. NOT A REISSUE! Cadillac Green. 100% original unrestored museum condition. Has always been kept in a climate controlled environment in the original case included. This is like a time capsule. Has no repairs and very little signs of use. Neck is straight and the original frets have very little use. Fantastic action. Pickups are loud and all electronics work. Ultra rare factory installed Bigsby. Rare dowel through neck heel feedback stabilizer. ... more

1949 Gretsch New Yorker Acoustic Guitar with Case

BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON, 98225, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

1949 Gretsch New Yorker Acoustic Guitar with Case. Spruce Top, Maple Back and sides. Stamped Gretsch Super Structure, #3255. This guitar is in fair condition! Lots of wear and tear. Finish chequing and some separation at the neck and along the binding. It does appear to be stable however. Missing screw in tuner plate, and some are mismatched / replaced as well. Missing strap button. The action is reasonably low and it plays well! The case has rips and tears but the latches are working and it ... more

1961 Gretsch Country Gentleman electric guitar (GRE0435)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8595

1961 Gretsch Country Gentleman, Single cutaway, Deep Walnut, Beautifully Maple Top, back & sides, Gold Hardware, Stair step Grover imperial tuners, Filtertrons, Invisible Professional hairline repair to back of neck, Bigsby, Hang tag, Certificate & case candy, EC, Original hard case, $8, 595 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4... more

1956 Gretsch Silver jet

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$12900

1956 Gretsch Silver jet, Rare model, beautiful Silver Sparkle finish, Nice full feeling neck, Two DeArmond pickups, Pearl Block inlays, “G” tailpiece, Extremely fine example, EC, Nice Original Tweed hard case, $12, 900... more

1967 GRETSCH BACK COVER VINTAGE GRETSH BACK PAD GREAT CONDITION VIKING / FALCON

WHITE, GEORGIA, 30184, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$49

See photos nice 1960’s back pad in Black . Gold Trim... more

Vintage 1972 Gretsch ROC JET Walnut model 7613 Penguin Duo 6120 Supertron setzer

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, 19121, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1249

1972 Gretsch Roc Jet model 7613 in its original Walnut Stain finish. It is the lightest Roc Jet I've played at 7 4 lbs. It has a good playing neck with worn, but good frets. It's all original with the exception of the bridge (the studs were repositioned as the holes for the original studs were filled). It's also 100% complete with the exception of one screw from the back control cavity where the hole in the cover does not line-up with the wood rim underneath (it was like this from the factory). ... more

Gretsch Vintage Corvette 6187 w / Case 1957 Lotus Ivory / Gray Metallic

ROTHSCHILD, WISCONSIN, 54474, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1799

Pre-owned In Very Good ConditionGretsch Vintage Corvette 6187 w / Case 1957 Lotus Ivory / Gray Metallic Body: Laminated Mpl Body, Laminated Spr Top Neck / Fingerboard: 3 Piece Mpl Neck, RWD Fretboard, 21 Frets with 25 5" Scale Hardware / Electronics: Grover StraTite Tuners, Gray Lucite Pickguard, Two Controls (One Volume, One Tone), Single-Saddle Wooden Bridge, Chrome Cutout Wooden Bridge and Chrome Cut-out "G-Hole Flat" Tailpiece. Cosmetic Condition: This guitar is in very good condition. Some ... 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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