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Gretsch advertisement (1965)

Everything Goes Greater On Gretsch

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British advert for Gretsch guitars and drums. "Join the Gretsch Set for Great Sound
Play the guitars and drums top recording stars prefer"

A very similar advert was later used in 1966 (see it here) with a very similar image, but alternate text

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    1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet firebird Red

    1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet firebird Red

    Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $14500

    Just in is this incredibly clean 1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet Firebird
    Quick Details
    Weight 7 6lbs
    Width at nut 1 76
    Depth at 1st 0 90
    Depth at 12th 0 95
    We are so excited to have probably the cleanest 1956 Gretsch 611's out there
    This Jet Firebird is all original and in absolutely amazing shape. The paint and finish is all original and in like new shape. There is small finish shrinkage around the neck joint from a neck reset
    The Factory installed DeArmond Dynasonic pickups ... more
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    ULTRA RARE 1978 USA GRETSCH 7681 SUPER AXE ELECTRIC GUITAR & OHSC L@@K

    ULTRA RARE 1978 USA GRETSCH 7681 SUPER AXE ELECTRIC GUITAR & OHSC L@@K

    Macon, Georgia, 312**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3495

    UP FOR AUCTION IS MY ULTRA RARE, CHET ATKINS AUTOGRAPHED, 100% ORIGINAL, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 1978 USA GRETSCH (MODEL 7681) SUPER AXE ELECTRIC GUITAR. ALSO INCLUDED IS THE EXCELLENT CONDITION ORIGINAL HARD SHELL CASE. AS YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE IN THE PICS THIS GUITAR IS IN EXCELLENT 100% ORIGINAL VINTAGE CONDITION. YOU WILL NOT FIND A CLEANER EXAMPLE OF THIS GUITAR ANYWHERE GUARANTEED. NOT TO MENTION ONE THAT HAS BEEN AUTOGRAPHED BY CHET ATKINS. THE GUITAR LOOKS, PLAYS AND SOUNDS FANTASTIC. THE ... more
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    1966 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean 6119 Guitar

    1966 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean 6119 Guitar

    Hermosa Beach, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3450

    1966 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean 6119 Guitar.... more
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    GRETSCH Viking Guitar PegHead BADGE Plate Part Original Vintage USA 1960s

    GRETSCH Viking Guitar PegHead BADGE Plate Part Original Vintage USA 1960s

    Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $149

    Brass construction, normal light, vintage, wear with patina, original vintage, Gretsch part, thanks for looking
    ... more
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    1997 Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119-1962FT Walnut w /  FilterTron Pickups, Case

    1997 Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119-1962FT Walnut w / FilterTron Pickups, Case

    Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2280

    Up for sale, a 1997 Gretsch G6119-1962FT Tennessee Rose in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case  Best known for its regular use by George Harrison throughout the Beatles' career, the Tennessee Rose is a reissue of the enduringly popular Tennessean and features a thinline hollow maple body, simulated F holes, a dark Walnut Stain finish, and a pair of Filter??Tron humbuckers (hence the ??FT?? designation)
    As Gretsch's most ... more
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    1960 Gretsch Jet Firebird Vintage Electric Guitar

    1960 Gretsch Jet Firebird Vintage Electric Guitar

    Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $11599

    1960 Gretsch Jet Firebird, Great looking vivid Red finish, Two fantastic sounding PAF Filtertron pickups, Ebony fingerboard, 1 67 incheswide at the nut, Weighs 7 Lbs 7 oz, Sounds good acoustically and amped up!Gorgeous and cool, VG++, Original hard case
    ... more
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    Vintage 1950s Gretsch New Yorker acoustic archtop Guitar w /  Fender Case  /  Player

    Vintage 1950s Gretsch New Yorker acoustic archtop Guitar w / Fender Case / Player

    Orange, California, 928**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $350

    Vintage 1950s GretschComes as seenincludes Fender Soft Caseunsure the exact yearthe bridge and tailpiece are not original
    shows normal age and wear as seenno damage or cracks seensounds niceneck is pretty straightfrets show wear but are OKBrazilian rosewood Fretboardstring height is 3mm at the 12th Fret - action gets high at the end of the fretboard 5mm at the last frethas some new strings on itsee all picturesfinish looks sanded, back black finish does not appear originalmore of a player ... more
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    Gretsch 6124 Single Anniversary Model Shaded Golden Sunburst 1960 w / OHSC

    Gretsch 6124 Single Anniversary Model Shaded Golden Sunburst 1960 w / OHSC

    Renton, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2000

    Gretsch 6124 Anniversary Model in Shaded Golden Sunburst finish made in 1960 with Original Hard Shell Case. This guitar features a double bound hollow maple back&sides body with a maple top, maple neck and bound rosewood fingerboard. Equipped with its original Hilo-Tron Single coil in the neck position. Controlled by one master volume knob and a 3-way toggle tone switch. The 24 5" scale length neck has pearl thumb nail inlays and 21 medium frets with a slim C neck profile. The hardware is ... more
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    1960 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Vintage Hollow Body Guitar.

    1960 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Vintage Hollow Body Guitar.

    Sandia Park, New Mexico, 870**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $17900

    This iconic and lovely 1960 Gretsch model 6120 Bigsby Chet Atkins hollow body Guitar has been treated with the utmost love and care  Always kept it in it's original case away from all destructive elements. It still looks like new and near mint condition with hardly any blemishes, scrapes, cuts,  cracks or dents of any kind anywhere. All hardware are mostly original throughout except for a knob, pickup rings and a pick up guard that I replaced recently (parts ... more
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    Used Gretsch G6120TGDS PE Nashville - Roundup Orange

    Used Gretsch G6120TGDS PE Nashville - Roundup Orange

    Winchester, Virginia, 226**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2700

    ProAudioStar DJ GEAR INSTRUMENT GEAR LIVE SOUND RECORDING MICROPHONES HEADPHONES ACCESSORIES SOFTWARE LIGHTING BUNDLES Authorized Dealer
    Used Gretsch G6120TGDS PE Nashville - Roundup ... more
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    1966 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean 6119 Guitar

    1966 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean 6119 Guitar

    Springville, New York, 141**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2199

    Great condition with some small dings and scratches consistent with a 58 year old guitar. Plays and sounds awesome. The frets are still good and the action is pretty low. The binding is stable and not crumbling. The pick guard is not original and the top half of the bridge has been replaced. The originals are long gone. The original case is included and smells a little funky but is in pretty good condition. Please email questions.
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    GRETSCH MANDOLIN STRING 285-282 12 PER PACK

    GRETSCH MANDOLIN STRING 285-282 12 PER PACK

    Conowingo, Maryland, 219**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $35

    GRETSCH MANDOLIN STRING 285-282 12 PER PACK
    Gretsch 285Mandolin D Or 3rd strings Pack of 12Bronze Wound On Steel
    Gretsch 282Mandolin A Or 2nd strings Pack of 12Silvered Steel
    Total strings: 24
    Shipping Info: We will ship your package USPS Or Fedex *We ship Free to all states within the United states *For international shipments we ship using Ebay Global shipping. *For shipments to APO / PO Boxes or United States Protectorates / Territories we may or may not Require a surcharge. ... more
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    NOS Gretsch F Hole decals Black style Country Gentleman Anniversary Duke Kramer

    NOS Gretsch F Hole decals Black style Country Gentleman Anniversary Duke Kramer

    Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $50

    This listing is for one (1) set of two (2) Gretsch F hole decals. These were used for a period in the early 60's at Gretsch in place of real F holes. When one refinishes a Gretsch, these get wasted in the process. I bought these from Duke Kramer in the 90's. These are the plain black style with no "binding " . I am unsure what the full list of models is that used this style.
    These are an old silk screened decals, meaning you do not cut this style out. The clear is formed in the printing, ... more
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    Gretsch Electromatic Electric Guitar  ~  Left-handed Excellent condition w /  case

    Gretsch Electromatic Electric Guitar ~ Left-handed Excellent condition w / case

    Massapequa, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $700

    For sale Gretsch Electromatic 6 string electric guitar
    left-handed model
    Please see all pictures
    in excellent condition cosmetically. plays great
    Feel free to come in and check it out before purchasing or making offer .
    Includes Gretsch hard shell case
    No Warranty offered
    buy it now or best offer.
    - LOCAL PICKUP ONLY -
    ... more
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    Gretsch 6120 1955 Original With Tweed Case

    Gretsch 6120 1955 Original With Tweed Case

    La Mesa, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $16320

    Used original 6120 with case all original with instructions manual. 1 owner guitar slightly played very little wear. On the back of the neck 1st position shows wear. Frets are clean, rod works neck is straight plays like a dream. Tone makes you think of Chet, come play me! Fixed vibrato arm stock just like the one you had! Binding has issues but , no need to replace it just play it. See my store front for more info send a note to me. Save tons and i ship pirate shipping don't even believe the ... more
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    Vintage Gretsch Guitar Tube Amp Valco Electromatic 1957 Working Rare

    Vintage Gretsch Guitar Tube Amp Valco Electromatic 1957 Working Rare

    Mastic Beach, New York, 119**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1600

    Very rare 1957 Valco made Gretsch Electromatic 6155 tube amp. In good working condition. Body is in great shape over all with wear. Some denting by one input. All inputs work. Middle input needs a little jiggle sometimes but works good otherwise. Ask any questions and I'll try and answer them.... more
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    Vintage 1966 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean Walnut Stain With OHSC

    Vintage 1966 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean Walnut Stain With OHSC

    Santa Monica, California, 904**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2900

    [contenteditable]{ pointer-events: none; }Here at Truetone, we get to see an amazing array of vintage guitars, and as big Gretsch fans, we all fell in love with this 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean.  Any vintage Gretsch from this area is awesome, but this one especially stands out.  
    Made in Brooklyn during the heyday of Gretsch's U S. production, it's likely that the original owner of this guitar got it because of the Beatles - after all, this is the model that George Harrison played in the ... more
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    1955 Gretsch Burl Ives Junior Jr. Vintage Acoustic Guitar  - Clean and Original

    1955 Gretsch Burl Ives Junior Jr. Vintage Acoustic Guitar - Clean and Original

    San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1195

    Here's a 1955 Gretsch Burl Ives Junior acoustic guitar
    This guitar is in a well preserved and very clean natural mahogany finish
    Solid mahogany front back and sides with binding. Neck is dead straight with low action all the way up and down the neck.
    Nice full neck between C and D shaped .very comfortable.
    It's a little blues machine, with a resonant, big and rich voice. Fun to play and hard to put down.
    The top, back and sides are clean with a few small marks along with a ... more
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    1975 Gretsch Broadkaster Bass guitar

    1975 Gretsch Broadkaster Bass guitar

    Niles, Michigan, 491**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1710

    One of the first Bolt-On necks made by Gretsch. Its a deep sounding bass guitar, i would imagine similar to a Fender Precision, although tone is a fickle thing. If you are looking, you know how rare they are. It's all original and comes with original case. Before they started marking them with the Gretsch logo
    ... more
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    Vintage Gretsch 7681 Super Axe Ebony Stain 1979

    Vintage Gretsch 7681 Super Axe Ebony Stain 1979

    Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2499


    Vintage Gretsch 7681 Super Axe Ebony Stain 1979
    PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
    100% original & in great shape for its age with a beautiful, acoustic resonance. All the electronics are fully functioning & thanks to a pro set up, the guitar plays & sounds fantastic!
    Cosmetic Condition: Various tiny nicks, dents & dings; surface scratches & a little bit of finish wear along the neck binding. Overall the guitar look really nice ... more
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    1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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    1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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    1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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    1972 Fender Precision bass

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    1967 Vox Stroller

    1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

    1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

    1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

    1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

    1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

    1959 Hofner Committee

    1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

    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 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

    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.

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

    1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

    1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

    1965 Hofner President

    1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

    1963 1964 Fender catalog

    Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.