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Vintage Gretsch advertisements; 25 adverts covering a period of 24 years, from 1955 to 1979. Click the images to have a closer look.

Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - "Try this Fast Easy-Playing Guitar" Says Chet Atkins

"Try this Fast Easy-Playing Guitar" Says Chet Atkins
Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - 1955

Gretsch Country Club 6192 / 6193 - The Top Country and Western Stars Play Gretsch

The Top Country and Western Stars Play Gretsch
Gretsch Country Club 6192 / 6193 - 1955

Gretsch Duo Jet 6128 - Your Favorites Play Gretsch

Your Favorites Play Gretsch
Gretsch Duo Jet 6128 - 1955

Gretsch Chet Atkins Solid Body 6121 - "My Favorite Star is Gretsch" says Chet Atkins

"My Favorite Star is Gretsch" says Chet Atkins
Gretsch Chet Atkins Solid Body 6121 - 1956

Gretsch Chet Atkins Solid Body 6121 - Chet Atkins says "Try the Guitar I Used in Recording these Best-Selling RCA Victor Albums"

Chet Atkins says "Try the Guitar I Used in Recording these Best-Selling RCA Victor Albums"
Gretsch Chet Atkins Solid Body 6121 - 1957

Gretsch Sal Salvador - The Perfect Set-Up

The Perfect Set-Up
Gretsch Sal Salvador - 1961

Gretsch Single Anniversary 6124 / 6125 - The Sound of Superiority

The Sound of Superiority
Gretsch Single Anniversary 6124 / 6125 - 1962

Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - Theres only one thing as comfortable as the back of this guitar

Theres only one thing as comfortable as the back of this guitar
Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - 1963

Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - Don

Don't mess up the mix
Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody / Nashville 6120 - 1963

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - Chet Atkins: the "Personal Touch" built in...

Chet Atkins: the "Personal Touch" built in...
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1963

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

Guitarists go for the new Gretsch extras... See them in the new Gretsch guitar catalog
Gretsch Guitars - 1963

Gretsch Guitars - The Famous Basie Rhythm & that Great Gretsch Sound

The Famous Basie Rhythm & that Great Gretsch Sound
Gretsch Guitars - 1963

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - Chet Atkins Says: Look at it My Way and You

Chet Atkins Says: Look at it My Way and You'll Play a Gretch Too!
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1964

Gretsch Guitars - Everything Goes Greater On Gretsch

Everything Goes Greater On Gretsch
Gretsch Guitars - 1965

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - Chet Atkins says:

Chet Atkins says: 'this shape means sucess!'
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1965

Gretsch Guitars - Just Out! Gretsch Guitar Catalog

Just Out! Gretsch Guitar Catalog
Gretsch Guitars - 1965

Gretsch Astro Jet - Innovation the New Shape of Sound... Gretsch Astro-Jet

Innovation the New Shape of Sound... Gretsch Astro-Jet
Gretsch Astro Jet - 1965

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - "Gretsch", Says Chet, "Is Where The Authentic Sound Is."

"Gretsch", Says Chet, "Is Where The Authentic Sound Is."
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1966

Gretsch Guitars - Gretsch Puts You in the Swing of Things

Gretsch Puts You in the Swing of Things
Gretsch Guitars - 1966

Gretsch Hollow Body Electrics - Are You Cramping Your Syle

Are You Cramping Your Syle
Gretsch Hollow Body Electrics - 1967

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - When you call a guitar a name it better be good

When you call a guitar a name it better be good
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1969

Gretsch Flat tops - Listen Closely to this Page and Hear what a Gretsch Flat Top Guitar Sounds Like

Listen Closely to this Page and Hear what a Gretsch Flat Top Guitar Sounds Like
Gretsch Flat tops - 1969

Gretsch Roc Jet - Introducing the Gretsch Roc Jet - An Exceedingly Fine Guitar

Introducing the Gretsch Roc Jet - An Exceedingly Fine Guitar
Gretsch Roc Jet - 1971

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - Give Your Sound the Professional Edge

Give Your Sound the Professional Edge
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1972

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - The Country Gentleman

The Country Gentleman
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 - 1979

1967 Epiphone Ad featuring a psychedelic fish playing an Epiphone Riviera
1967 Epiphone Ad featuring a psychedelic fish playing an Epiphone Riviera
1967 Fender Ad - Full Colour Sound
1967 Fender Ad - Full Colour Sound
1973 Fender Stratocaster add - The Worlds Favourite Flying Machine
1973 Fender Stratocaster add - The Worlds Favourite Flying Machine

Guitar makers have advertised in music magazines such as Down Beat, Guitar Player and very many more. Some manufacturers advertised widely (Guild, Gibson, Fender) but many more didn't and adverts are few and far between. Here are some of my favourite ads out of the ones i've seen. You can browse through all the images from the category links above, or by manufacturer from the links below.

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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

$5700

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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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

$2795



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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1971 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Electric Guitar

1971 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Electric Guitar

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

$2600

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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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

$2495



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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Gretsch G6122 - 1962T - TVTACG Cadillac Green

Gretsch G6122 - 1962T - TVTACG Cadillac Green

Kenosha, Wisconsin, 531**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999

Cadillac Green Stain with Simulated F-Holes. Gretsch G6122T-62GE Vintage Select 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman hollowbody electric guitar captures the essence of rock 'n' roll. Its arched maple body yields a deliciously open snap that's beautifully enhanced by a pair of vintage-voiced TV Jones Classic humbuckers. The result is a refined, articulate tone and full, larger-than-life playing experience. This guitar's standard U-shaped maple neck and 12 " -radius ebony fingerboard are enormously ... more
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1967 Gretsch White Falcon Mono Prototype Rare No F holes Pinstripe Binding !

1967 Gretsch White Falcon Mono Prototype Rare No F holes Pinstripe Binding !

Ladera Ranch, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$32500

1967 Gretsch White Falcon Mono Prototype Unbelievably rare find. Bound pinstripe Sparkle binding. 2 Powertron pickups and NO F Holes! Possibly the only one like this made maybe a custom order. It does not get any cooler than this, has a big neck as well. The guitar is 100% All original no issues, Original Frets in great shape. All the electronics work as they should, come with original case.... more
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Gretsch Anniversary Model 6125 hollow body electric guitar w /  case vintage 1964

Gretsch Anniversary Model 6125 hollow body electric guitar w / case vintage 1964

West Chester, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

vintage 1964 Gretsch Anniversary Model 6125 hollow body electric guitar. Setup for optimal playability with Daddario EXL115w strings (2 / 5 / 24). Comes with vintage hard case. Circular impression on neck heel, some binding appears sto have been broken and reglued around the neck jjoint, possible side crack near neck pocket. Tje vibrola is missing one wheel screw and felt. Finish checking consistent with age. Guitar weighs 6lb 1oz
s / n 73476
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1975 Gretsch 7670 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Electric Guitar w /  OHSC

1975 Gretsch 7670 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Electric Guitar w / OHSC

Honolulu, Hawaii, 968**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

Will be posting a New, Unused G6119T TENNESSEE ROSE, bought new in 2008, not sure when made, never played
I was born in1948, grew up a VENTURES Fender and Mosrite guy, but college education in the Midwest had me listening to Country & Western and became a Chet Atkins fan so have / had a few GRETSCH in my collection, had but sold new, unused WHITE FALCON and BLACK FALCON, never played either and hardly played this 7670 because the controls are not so simple, have too many other guitars ... more
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1960 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean, 6120 Conversion w /  PAF FilterTrons

1960 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean, 6120 Conversion w / PAF FilterTrons

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

$6700

Up for sale, a 1960 Gretsch Chet Atkins model 6119 Tennessean in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. The original iteration of the 6119 Chet Atkins model was only available from 1958-60, and this particular example has been converted to 6120 specifications, complete with a second genuine vintage Pat. Applied For Filter??Tron humbucker in the neck position. The guitar features a trestle-braced maple body with a 16?? wide lower bout and 2 ... more
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1963 Original Metal Gretsch Country Gentleman Knobs Gold

1963 Original Metal Gretsch Country Gentleman Knobs Gold

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 187**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$195

Tarnished, ,,, ,,, ,,Gold worn down . The Heavy Ones . Original set screws inside .Can be used on other models, ,,, , rare Sale Final .No Returns... more
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1962 Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville Hollow Body Guitar

1962 Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville Hollow Body Guitar

Rochester, Michigan, 483**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3595

Vintage original 1962 Gretsch Chet Atkins Model 6120 in original Western Orange finishClassic vintage Gretsch tone from two original Filter Tron pickups. Classic vintage 1960s tones a la Neil Young, CSN, the Byrds, the Beatles and more With Case
Neck plays well all the way up and down. Set up with flatwounds for a classic mellow tone
Original Gretsch Bigsby tremolo tailpiece works great and the guitar stays well in tune
Guitar is generally clean though there is signs of wear. In ... more
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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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RARE GRETSCH G6128CS 1959 DUO JET??GUN METAL GRAY / RED??STEPHEN STERN CUSTM??AMAZING

RARE GRETSCH G6128CS 1959 DUO JET??GUN METAL GRAY / RED??STEPHEN STERN CUSTM??AMAZING

Malibu, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8795

Here is a RARE, GORGEOUS and HOT Gretsch 925 216 WC 1959 Duo Jet master-built by Stephen Stern in 2010. Glowing with an incredible Gun Metal Metallic Gray with Ferrari Red Trim. This is from the private collection of a recording artist and collector and was meticulously maintained and loved. The guitar is in near pristine condition. It is a head-turner, for sure
Not your ordinary Gretsch Custom Shop "Duo-Jet" from master builder Stephen Stern, this beauty is a one-off custom??extra loud and ... 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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Vintage Gretsch Viking Sunburst 1967

Vintage Gretsch Viking Sunburst 1967

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3499


Vintage Gretsch Viking Sunburst 1967
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
A true vintage beauty that plays & sounds terrific! The dual SuperTron pickups sound wonderful & produce warm, rich tones. Even acoustically the guitar is quite resonant
Professionally set up with fresh strings & low action, so it plays & sounds fantastic
Cosmetic Condition: Aside from the binding deterioration, the guitar is actually in really good shape for ... more
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1967 Gretsch Tennessean 6119 Vintage Hollowbody Dark Cherry w /  HiLoTron, Case

1967 Gretsch Tennessean 6119 Vintage Hollowbody Dark Cherry w / HiLoTron, Case

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

$3600

Up for sale, a 1967 Gretsch Tennessean model 6119 in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and 100% original save for a new heel cap. Likely best known for its regular use by George Harrison throughout the Beatles' career, the Tennessean features a thinline all maple body with simulated F-holes, a Dark Cherry Walnut Stain nitro lacquer finish, and a pair of Hilo'Tron pickups
Hilo'Trons are essentially a single coil version of the Filter'Tron, known for their ... more
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1967 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut Vintage Electric Guitar

1967 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut Vintage Electric Guitar

Sonoma, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3199

1967 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Vintage Electric Guitar with natural Walnut finish. It is 100% original. It plays great and sounds fantastic. It weighs 8 13 pounds. The neck thickness measures 0 852" at the 1st fret and 0 938" at the 9th fret.
Overall in very good condition for its age. There are typical minor scuffs and scrapes throughout. All gold hardware is very clean with minimal tarnishing. As typical, the original foam string mutes have deteriorated and would need to ... more
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Gretsch 7628 Committee Guitar, 1977, Excellent Condition

Gretsch 7628 Committee Guitar, 1977, Excellent Condition

Lisbon, New York, 136**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1475

Gretsch 7628 CommitteeSerial #:12-7031December 1977
This guitar is in great condition. I can tell you about it from the point of view of a bass player. Everything works perfectly, it has good action, the frets are excellent, it's very quiet, the pickups are strong, and the body and neck are in excellent condition
I received it as a gift in 1982, but quickly decided I wanted to play bass, so it has been in its case unused (for the most part) for 40+ years. It is in the same condition as ... more
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Gretsch Super Chet 7691 Walnut w /  Bigsby Tailpiece 1976 - RARE!

Gretsch Super Chet 7691 Walnut w / Bigsby Tailpiece 1976 - RARE!

Acworth, Georgia, 301**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6500

Up Professionally set up. Very well cared for, very slight checking in the finish, zero in the body.
Super rare 7691 walnut model with Bigsby Tailpiece, gold plated. . .one beautiful guitar. West Germany Schaller Tuners. This is one of the most iconic and finest hollow body electric guitars ever made. The Gretsch Super Chet is a very special guitar that was crafted only between 1972 and 1980 and is considered quite rare. This is a rare vintage guitar being sold as is in picks with no ... 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

$575

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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