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Gretsch Guitar / Amp Advertisements, 1950s-1980s

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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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GUITARS
Epiphone, Fender, G&L, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, Hagstrom, Harmony, Martin, Music Man, Rickenbacker, Vox

Vintage Gretsch guitars for sale

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GRETSCH NEW YORKER 6050 - 1950s USA ARCHED TOP ACOUSTIC - GIGBAG Included

GRETSCH NEW YORKER 6050 - 1950s USA ARCHED TOP ACOUSTIC - GIGBAG Included

Lamar, South Carolina, 290**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$700

This Gretsch New Yorker 6050 guitar is the perfect addition to your collection. With a beautiful sunburst body color and a mahogany neck. This vintage acoustic guitar from the 1950s will give you that professional performance level you've been looking for. It is a hollow body arched top guitar with 21 frets, and comes with a gig bag for easy transport.

The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is extra nice. The tuners are original and the same tuners you find on Pre-War Martins. This... 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

Google us! Lovies Guitar Shop
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 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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Gretsch G6120T-SW Steve Wariner Nashville Gentleman w / Bigsby Guitar 194705704 OB

Gretsch G6120T-SW Steve Wariner Nashville Gentleman w / Bigsby Guitar 194705704 OB

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3280

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Vintage 1964 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean

Vintage 1964 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean

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

$3999

Maker: Gretsch
Model: 6119 Chet Atkins Tennesean
Condition: very good / vintage
Description:
A vintage 1964 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean in very clean, all original condition. This was originally cherry colored but the top has faded with time giving it a more walnut color, the back remains darker cherry color. This is a well preserved guitar and seems to have seen very little playing. Judging by the fading it spent most of it's time on a stand. Finish is ... 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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