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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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1961 Gretsch 6120 Guitar

ALLEN, TEXAS, 75002, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6899

This is one of the good ones solid structural condition, no cracks, great feeling and playing neck, awesome sounding Gretsch 6120 from 1961. Action can get real low if you want on this one. Gig ready guitar! All original except what was changed to make it play better (new frets and Grover tuners). I do have the original frets and tuners shown in the picture I will include. Neck is a nice C shape. Little bit of binding crack here and there but it is not falling off anywhere. Comes in what I was ... more

1978 Gretsch Super Axe Ebony color vintage

THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA, 91360, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1850

1978 Gretsch Super Axe Original see-through ebony stain finishNice clean condition, some minor belt buckle marks on back. No signs of abuse, overall pretty clean (see photos)Both the compressor and the phase shifter work wellOriginal case (minor dings here and there, structurally sound)Plays great, no issues with this guitar Scale: 24 3 / 4 " Weight: 9 5 lbsFingerboard: EbonyBody and neck appear to be mapleOriginal pickups and electronics Domestic shipping (UPS Ground, insured): $75 USD Please ... more

Gretsch Tennessee Rose GG119-1962 FT with Filter 'Tron Pickups

NEW BERLIN, WISCONSIN, 53151, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1399

Gretsch GG119-1962FT Tennesee Rose, Pro line Gretsch, made in Japan, 2012. Slight scuffing around tuning pegs due to string winder getting too close to the headstock. Kept in a non-smoking household, never gigged.... more

Vintage ca 1937 pre-war Gretsch American Orchestra 35 Archtop Acoustic Beauty VG

LUBBOCK, TEXAS, 79411, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $2020

Rare Vintage circa 1937 Gretsch "American Orchestra" model 35 Archtop Acoustic Guitar == Carved Spruce top with Maple back and sides, 3-ply top binding, bound back, inlaid engraved MOP logo == Serial number impressed in top of peghead == Tailpiece is a replacement, otherwise original except 2 pickguard screws == VG to VG condition with its share of nick & dings -- including a circle on back from a cord, and pick wear under lower end of pickguard but No cracks / breaks / repairs, no issues -- ... more

1973 Gretsch Streamliner

WAKEFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, 02879, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1325

A Baldwin-era gem, with superb resonance and playability, in terrific condition for its age. This one showcases very little wear, and has just the right amount of finish checking…giving it a classic vintage look, without all the wear and tear. The SuperTron humbuckers sound terrific, and offer a wide array of tonal offerings, making this one suitable for quite a few different things. The slim neck feel is great too, allowing for hours of easy and effortless playing. Cosmetic condition: Pretty ... more

Gretsch Syncromatic Guard Fits Large Bodied Archtops Vintage Repro with Hardware

HUNTINGTON STATION, NEW YORK, 11746, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $40

Deco Guard fits Gretsch New Yorker Model and many other large bodied archtop guitars Made in translucent tortoiseshell acrylic material 1 / 8" PHOTO SHOW GUARD MADE ON CUSTOMER'S GUITARIncludes bracket, hardware and felt pads for mounting and shipping in USA Deco guard shown in 3 ply tortoiseshell material ( 09 " ) (see my other listings for details or to order that one)Ruby Tortoiseshell is now available as well: SEE PHOTO. Also Available in Black / White / Black Gloss ( 09 " )Also Available in... more

1959 Gretsch Rambler Vintage hollow body Electric Guitar

NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA, 55057, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

This 1959 Gretsch Rambler. Has the finish blemishes you’d expect from a 60 year old guitar All electrons in good working order... more

Gretsch 1959 Country Club Vintage Select G6196T-59GE Cadillac Green

ROSLYN, NEW YORK, 11576, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2675

Add us to your Favorite Sellers! ♥ Questions? We can help! Contact us today! 30-Day Money Back Guarantee Item Description Here we have a used and still in overall excellent condition G6196T-59GE from the Gretsch Vintage Select Series of instruments. This guitar gives you that classic Gretsch look with a fine attention to period-correct details and high quality components such as TV Jones pickups, bone nuts, and the new Gretsch 'Squeezebox' paper in oil capacitors for a super smooth vintage ... 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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