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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

1961 Gretsch Tennessean, Model 6119, Rare early version deeper body (GRE0160)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6295

Gretsch Tennessean, Model 6119, Rare early version with deeper body, No white surrounding F Holes, unbound neck, Excellent vintage condition, Non original hard case, $6, 295... more

1956 Gretsch Duo Jet (GRE0235)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8995

1956 Gretsch Duo Jet, Black, Hump Block inlays, Just like George Harrison’s Two Dearmond Pickups, Great feeling neck, Light weight, Excellent condition but has had a little finish touched up below the bridge. Includes an original hard case, $8, 995... more

2004 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6122-1959 Nashville Classic / Country Gentleman

BUFORD, GEORGIA, 30519, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1995

New Page 1 Chet Atkins 6122-1959 Nashville Classic This instrument is in excellent condition with very little play time and could probably pass for new in a store. The Nashville Classic is the same guitar as the Gretsch Country Gentleman that Gretsch produced when Chet's family returned the endorsment to the company after his death. It was designed with the participation of Paul Yandell, Chet's longtime side man and bandleader based upon the Gretsch 6122-1959 that Chet used for many years. It ... more

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

ROTHSCHILD, WISCONSIN, 54474, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1399

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

1956 Gretsch Country Club 6193

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, 33141, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7850

Beautiful 1956 Gretsch Country Club natural wood. Professional refret and trim when purchased in 2012 Kept in home. Has a tru-arc brass bridge and the original Melita bridge Pickguard is incuded and is in great shape Comes in Gretsch guitar case. Will ship Fedex 3 day after funds have transferred. AK, HI and PR may have additional ship fee. Please note photo of back of guitar will update 5 / 24 / 19. Thank you... more

2005 GRETSCH 6120W HOLLOWBODY 1957 NASHVILLE WESTERN w BIGSBY ~ ORANGE

RED OAK, TEXAS, 75154, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2499

CALL OR TEXT G-BRAT’S GUITARS ANYTIME; (972)816-7736 You are looking at a 2005 Gretsch 6120W Hollowbody 1957 Nashville Western, with a Western Maple Stain (trans orange) finish, and Bigsby! The bridge has been upgraded to an adjustable tune-o-matic, and a couple of the knobs and pick-gaurd bracket have been changed, however the original parts are also included . so no worries!She’s otherwise original, and I just put on a fresh new set of 10-52’s so she’s all dressed up and ready to rock!... more

Original Vintage 1956-1967 Gretsch Jet Guitar Case

CHILMARK, MASSACHUSETTS, 02535, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$349

Up for sale is an original vintage 1956-1967 Gretsch Jet Guitar Case. This is the real deal! From the estate of a local musician. All the hinges and latches work as they should. It is in overall good condition. These cases almost never come up for sale and it's perfect for your vintage Gretsch    I'm always happy to accept returns if an item is not as described. I ask that you please study the photos and contact me with any questions. I've been selling on ebay for over 20 years with excellent ... more

1960 Gretsch White Falcon Single Cut, Thin Body, Super rare guitar (GRE0449)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$26995

1960 Gretsch White Falcon Single Cut, Thin Body, Super rare version, equipped with a rare set of great sounding "Project-O-Sonic" Filtertron pickups with factory stereo wiring that separate the three pole pieces on the left side of each pickup from the three pole pieces on the right side of each pickup making a full active stereo set up that could be used with two separate amplifiers. The White Falcon is loaded with a huge array of switches and knobs. The original Grover "Imperial" tuners have ... 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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