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Gretsch advertisement (1963)

Guitarists go for the new Gretsch extras... See them in the new Gretsch guitar catalog

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Advertisement for Gretsch's new (#31) catalog. This advert first appeared in print in the July 1963 edition of Down Beat magazine

The Gretsch catalog... available now... is bigger and better than ever, illustrating the new, exclusive Gretsch extras... padded back, standby switch, built-in muffler, action flow frets nut, plus many more. See the whole colorful galaxy of Gretsch guitars, amplifiers and accessories including with famous Chet Atkins line. Gretsch is first and years ahead in new advances. Whether it's electric hollow or solid body, flat top, folk or classic, you can expect every Gretsch guitar to be the best in its field.


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    Gretsch G6122 1962 Country Classic Walnut Stain w /  Belly Rest + COA OHSC

    Gretsch G6122 1962 Country Classic Walnut Stain w / Belly Rest + COA OHSC

    Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Gretsch G6122 1962 Country Classic Walnut Stain w / Belly Rest + COA OHSC

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    Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this Gretsch G6122 1962 Country Classic with a Walnut Stain Finish! The Filter'Tron pickups and a laminated maple body combine for a that unique Gretsch tone, and the 24k gold hardware, ebony fretboard, offset markers and body binding make for a visually striking instrument as well. With 2-1 / 4" body depth, solid brass gold-plated ... more
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    Vero Beach, Florida, 329**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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


    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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    1950s Gretsch Tweed Electromatic Amplifier (MISC0007)

    1950's Gretsch Tweed Electromatic Amplifier (MISC0007)

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


    1950's Gretsch "Electromatic" Tweed Amp, Raremodel, Large size cabinet, 4 instrument inputs and 1 mic input, Jensen P12P speaker, Greatvintage condition!
    Amp powers on and works but has been in storage for manyyears. The amp is sold "AS IS " and the buyer should have amp serviced prior to use
    ... more
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    1962 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet double cutaway a fave of Malcolm Young of AC / DC.

    1962 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet double cutaway a fave of Malcolm Young of AC / DC.

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a wonderful 1962 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet just in from its original family in fabulous shape. Its Black finished top is stunning over its double cutaway body. Its natural finish to its mahogany back & 1 piece neck are superb w / no buckle rash nor much play time. Its potent pair of Filter??trons rock as these are favorites of so many famous players over the years. Its gold hardware is worn & green (getting this removed as we speak) in places. She??s all original from its open back ... more
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    Vintage 1958 1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Guitar Single Cut PAFs

    Vintage 1958 1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Guitar Single Cut PAF's

    Lexington, Kentucky, 405**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage 1958-1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman, all original, except for headstock name plate, nice dark walnut original finish- very little fade.
    Neck joint and angle are very good, plays well with good action. All electronics working as they should, the PAF Filtertrons sound excellent. Very good binding, only the heel cap has deterioration. Extra upper screw hole under pickguard. Includes original case Any questions, just ask
    ... more
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    vintage 1966 Gretsch Variety Plus amp amplifier reverb + tremolo 2x12 tube valco

    vintage 1966 Gretsch Variety Plus amp amplifier reverb + tremolo 2x12 tube valco

    Smithfield, Rhode Island, 029**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    vintage 1966 Gretsch Variety Plus amp amplifier reverb + tremolo 2x12 tube combo amp
    This is a 1966 Gretsch Variety Plus tube combo amp. Rather amazing clean condition .the lettering on the chrome is immaculate.... more
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    1966 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman w /  Filtertron / Supertron Pickups

    1966 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman w / Filtertron / Supertron Pickups

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


    1966 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman w / Filtertron / Supertron Pickups
    Gretsch historians, we have a unique and special instrument to share with you today! This Country Gent, made in October of ?66 just a few months after the Baldwin purchase, features a magic pickup combo. A Supertron in the neck, and a Filtertron in the bridge. The finish is in great condition, and the hardware sports a delightful vintage patina. The guitar has an awesome vintage feel to it and can get tones ... more
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    1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet firebird Red

    1956 Gretsch 6131 Jet firebird Red

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


    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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    Gretsch 1974 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman W / New Gretsch Case

    Gretsch 1974 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman W / New Gretsch Case

    Statesboro, Georgia, 304**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    The pickups are 70s Filter'Trons, neck and bridge. It has real f-holes. Compare this guitar to earlier versions with painted f-holes (eg 1971 Country Gent), an adjustamatic bridge and V-cutout Bigsby B-6 tailpiece. Other changes from the earlier versions include the removal of the muffler (string mute) that would have been situated between the bridge and bridge pickup, and the lack of model designation plate on the ... more
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    1968 Gretsch Blackhawk

    1968 Gretsch Blackhawk

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


    1968Gretsch Blackhawk, Only produced from '67 to '72. Black finish, Double cutawaythinline, Super'Tron pickups, The usual minor cracking of the binding (stable), Low action, Nice player, VG+, Original Hard Case... more
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    1957 Gretsch Clipper 6187 Vintage Guitar Lotus Ivory w /  DeArmond Dynasonic

    1957 Gretsch Clipper 6187 Vintage Guitar Lotus Ivory w / DeArmond Dynasonic

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


    Up for sale, a 1957 Gretsch Clipper model 6187 in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and finished in Lotus Ivory. This rare Gretsch is from the debut 229xx serial number batch of cutaway Clippers, introduced in mid-??57; it??s essentially a stripped down version of the model 6120, sharing that iconic guitar??s body size and parallel tonebar bracing, but with a solitary DeArmond Dynasonic pickup and a fixed ??G?? cutout tailpiece ... more
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    1939 Gretsch Synchromatic Archtop Acoustic Guitar

    1939 Gretsch Synchromatic Archtop Acoustic Guitar

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


    Beautifully restored vintage 1939 Gretsch Synchromatic Acoustic Archtop Guitar
    Comes with Kent Armstrong custom hndmade pickup. It sounds incredible
    Tuners have been replaced with vintage-style grovers for always-in-tune playability and classic look
    Guitar has been set up by world renowned luthier David Neely for immaculate playing
    Two hairline cracks on the body are shown in photos. Not structural
    Neck is perfect, action is low
    ... more
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    1971 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Electric Guitar

    1971 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Electric Guitar

    Cleveland, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Here is a 1971 Gretsch Chet Atkins country gentleman electric guitar, made in the USA. The serial # is 6-12XX. This guitar is in good condition. It has wear on the body and neck. The binding has some erosion. The neck is straight with good action. The frets show some wear, but it still plays great. All of the electronics work as they should. The pick guard has a crack at the mounting screw. Included is the original hard shell case. The handle has tape on it. This is a great guitar for any player... more
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    Rare Vintage 1947 Gretsch Synchromatic Arch Top Acoustic Guitar with Hard Case

    Rare Vintage 1947 Gretsch Synchromatic Arch Top Acoustic Guitar with Hard Case

    North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Rare Vintage 1947 Gretsch Synchromatic Arch Top Acoustic Guitar with Hard Case
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    1960s Gretsch Broadcaster Mini Lead 50 Solid State Guitar Amplifier RARE Works

    1960s Gretsch Broadcaster Mini Lead 50 Solid State Guitar Amplifier RARE Works

    Ponca City, Oklahoma, 746**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Gretsch broadcaster mini lead 50
    50 white solid-state single channel with two inputs, volume base, treble and reverb controls 12 inch speaker cabinet is black vinyl is in good condition comes with a cover it offers a pretty loud and clean sound
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    Gretsch G6122 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 12-String Walnut Stain+COA OHSC

    Gretsch G6122 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 12-String Walnut Stain+COA OHSC

    Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Gretsch G6122 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 12-String Walnut Stain+COA OHSC

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    Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this 2020 Gretsch G6122 1962 Chet Atkins Signature Country Gentleman 12-String Guitar with a Walnut Stain Finish! The Gretsch G6122-6212GE Vintage Select 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 12-string hollowbody electric guitar captures the essence of classic Gretsch tone and style with a beautifully lush, naturally chorused sound.... more
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    Vintage Gretsch Acoustic Guitar

    Vintage Gretsch Acoustic Guitar

    Tetonia, Idaho, 834**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Gretsch Synchromatic acoustic guitar
    This treasure has been safely tucked away in storage since 1985. It moved from Phoenix, AZ up to Driggs, ID
    Artist / Maker:GretschTitle:Synchromatic acoustic guitar
    Medium:mixed media
    Date: circa early to mid 20th century; circa 1940s-1950s
    Description: A sunburst Gretsch synchromatic acoustic guitar. The guitar features sunburst design, script logo, harp tailpiece, laminate construction with wide grain details,
    The early script logo ... more
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    Gretsch Bigsby B6 / 1960s Gold Tremelo

    Gretsch Bigsby B6 / 1960's Gold Tremelo

    Escondido, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a Gretsch Bigsby (B6). It first came to our family in the 60's. My brother told me he took it off of a Gretsch Viking guitar from way back then and was put on a Gibson ES 125 where it has spent most of it's life so far. It's in the very rare original gold.
    The spring, although from the 60's as well, is not original. The mounting screws are not included. The felts on the back are in good shape. It has nice patina. The originals are not all that common
    If you have any questions - ... more
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    Gretsch G6120T-BSNSH Brian Setzer Nashville Hollow Body with Bigsby Black

    Gretsch G6120T-BSNSH Brian Setzer Nashville Hollow Body with Bigsby Black

    Colorado Springs, Colorado, 809**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    From Brian Setzer's early work in the Stray Cats to reviving big band swing with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, one common factor has been his Gretsch hollowbody electric. This G6120T-BSNSH Brian Setzer Signature Nashville model brings together vintage vibe and serious performance. Loaded with period-correct detail from the '59 headstock shape and pickguard to the trestle bracing of the single-cutaway hollowbody, it gets it all right. Modern performance features include a compound-radius,... more
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    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.