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Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body PX6120 and Tennessean PX6119

1965 "For the Spectacular Sound of the Times" guitar and amplifier catalog page 2

Page 3, details of the Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body and Chet Atkins Tennessean - "For the Professional Sound of the Times". By 1968, the Hollow Body would be re-named the Chet Atkins Nashville. See these guitars in the next Gretsch catalog from 1968.

Gretsch Hollow Body: The original and one of the most popular Chet Atkins guitars made - the Hollow Body sets the standard for the guitar world. New slim 16" Electrotone hollow body with simulated "F" holes, new double cutaway, 2" thickness, for ease of playing.

Gretsch Tennessean: The famous Chet Atkins sound and distinctive styling make the Tennessean an all time favorite. New slim 16" Electrotone hollow body of 2" thickness with simulated inlaid "F" holes.

1965 Gretsch guitar catalog page 2 - Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body and Chet Atkins Tennessean

Gretsch Chet Atkins guitars for sale

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Gretsch Brian Setzer Nashville Electric Guitar - with Original Gretsch Hard Case

Gretsch Brian Setzer Nashville Electric Guitar - with Original Gretsch Hard Case

Fort Mill, South Carolina, 297**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

Woody's Music of Tega Cay just took in a Gretsch Brian Setzer Nashville Electric Guitar with Gretsch Hard Case in very good condition. Buyer pays $100 shipping in USA lower 48 states... more
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Used Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Sig. Nashville 59 "Smoke" - Smoke Orange

Used Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Sig. Nashville '59 "Smoke" - Smoke Orange

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

$3120

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1967 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Nashville Double Cutaway Western Orange w /  Case

1967 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Nashville Double Cutaway Western Orange w / Case

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

$4550

Up for sale, a 1967 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Nashville in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 100% original save for a modern Gretsch bar bridge, this vintage double cutaway iteration of the Chet Atkins 6120 model has a 16" wide fully hollow thinline maple body with painted-on F holes, delivering a clear, barking natural acoustic quality channeled through the pair of original Filter'Tron humbuckers
The Filter'Trons offer vintage twang ... more
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Used Gretsch G6120TG PE Nashville - Orange Stain

Used Gretsch G6120TG PE Nashville - Orange Stain

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

$2300

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2023 Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville w /  Bigsby Hollowbody Guitar! NICE

2023 Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville w / Bigsby Hollowbody Guitar! NICE

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

$2299


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Up for Sale is a2023 Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville w / Bigsby Hollowbody Electric Guitar!
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1959 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean Western Red w /  PAF FilterTron, Case

1959 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean Western Red w / PAF FilterTron, Case

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

$4700

Up for sale, a 1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins model 6119 Tennessean in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original blonde "cowbody" hardshell case. The original iteration of the 6119 Chet Atkins model was only available from 1958-60, and this guitar is notable for its ebony fingerboard (many were rosewood) as well as its original Pat. Applied For Filter??Tron humbucker in the bridge position. The guitar features a trestle-braced maple body with a slender 16?? wide ... more
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Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body

Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body

Arlington, Texas, 760**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

Gretsch G6120TG Players Edition Nashville Hollow Body . Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage comes w hard case excellent condition saw one sell on ebay for $3300
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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

$2900

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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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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VTG Gretsch 7660 Chet Atkins Nashville Electric Guitar with Original Case 1970s

VTG Gretsch 7660 Chet Atkins Nashville Electric Guitar with Original Case 1970s

Warren, Michigan, 480**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2171

VTG Gretsch 7660 Chet Atkins Nashville Electric Guitar with Original Case 1970s
When I first tested the guitar, I could only get a crackle out of it
It has since been serviced by Koontz Guitar Repair in Ferndale Michigan
He said all he had to do was give it a good cleaning as build-up happens at the contacts over the years
Everything functions as it should now. All of the switches and knobs function and work properly.
In my opinion it has a nice rich sound
As for the ... more
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2022 Gretsch G6120T-SW Steve Wariner Signature Nashville Gentleman - Black Magic

2022 Gretsch G6120T-SW Steve Wariner Signature Nashville Gentleman - Black Magic

Akron, Ohio, 443**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3200

The guitar is in mint condition. Very well taken care of and looks amazing. You will not be disappointed by this one. Includes all the original documentation for Gretsch as well as the original Gretsch case
Shipping within the U S. is $100
Steve Wariner Signature Nashville Gentleman by Gretsch Guitars
Four-time GRAMMY winner and Musicians Hall of Famer Steve Wariner's signature Nashville Gentleman is, in his own words, "the ultimate Gretsch " Steve's signature 15-3 / 4" black sparkle ... 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

$2180

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Used Gretsch G6120TGLH PE Nashville Left Handed Electric Guitar - Orange Stain

Used Gretsch G6120TGLH PE Nashville Left Handed Electric Guitar - Orange Stain

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

$2300

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Used Gretsch G6120TG PE Nashville - Azure Metallic

Used Gretsch G6120TG PE Nashville - Azure Metallic

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

$2360

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Gretsch G6120 Nashville

Gretsch G6120 Nashville

Coleford, GL16***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2200

Gretsch G6120 Nashville.

It??s like new in brilliant condition. made in Japan .1996 .. NO dents, scratches or fret ware properly set up .great player original Gretsch case. Collection only.
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1962 GRETSCH TENNESSEAN CASE - Made in USA

1962 GRETSCH TENNESSEAN CASE - Made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$399


1962 Gretsch Tennessean case -- made in USA:
+ grey / silver covering, has a lot of wear around the edges (material missing)
+ some wood chipped at headstock side (bottom)
+ brown interior, 2 ripped spots at top lid
+ pull handle for string compartment is gone
+ all latches work fine
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GRETSCH G6620T PLAYERS EDITION NASHVILLE CENTER BLOCK DOUBLE-CUT WITH BIGSBY

GRETSCH G6620T PLAYERS EDITION NASHVILLE CENTER BLOCK DOUBLE-CUT WITH BIGSBY

Cottingham, HU16***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1900

G6620T PLAYERS EDITION NASHVILLE CENTRE BLOCK DOUBLE-CUT WITH STRING-THRU BIGSBY
Used, but in *extremely* excellent condition. I really can??t find any signs of use. The volume & tone knobs are starting to develop a nice patina, the tuners a bit less so. There are no scratches, dents, marks, scrapes, knocks, or blemishes to the body, neck, or headstock
Ebony fingerboard, maple neck, laminated maple body. Body is 1 75?? deep and the tuners are Gotoh locking. Full details below ... more
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1968 GRETSCH TENNESSEAN  /  MONKEES 6073 BASSHÜLLE -- Made in USA

1968 GRETSCH TENNESSEAN / MONKEES 6073 BASSHÜLLE -- Made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$599


1968 Gretsch Tennessean Bass case -- made in USA
+ grey silver tolex, has a lot of wear, some rips and material missing(mostly around the edges)
+ bottom of case is at stap button a bit loose
+ trim around the edges is also worn and has some rips
+ gaffa tape glue on top end
+ all latches work fine, but are rusty
+ handle has wear
+ brown interior, has also some worn spots
+ super hard to find !
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Gretsch G6620T Players Edition Nashville Centre Block With Bigsby

Gretsch G6620T Players Edition Nashville Centre Block With Bigsby

Wantage, OX12***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1800

For sale is a Gretsch G6620T Players Edition semi-hollow electric guitar in Roundup orange, that I bought new from PMT in 2019
The guitar is in great condition, having seen only home use. Comes with hard case
Any questions, please ask
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1968 GRETSCH TENNESSEAN  /  MONKEES 6073 BASS CASE USA

1968 GRETSCH TENNESSEAN / MONKEES 6073 BASS CASE USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€550


1968 Gretsch Tennessean Bass case -- made in USA
+ grey silver tolex, has a lot of wear, some rips and material missing(mostly around the edges)
+ bottom of case is at stap button a bit loose
+ trim around the edges is also worn and has some rips
+ gaffa tape glue on top end
+ all latches work fine, but are rusty
+ handle has wear
+ brown interior, has also some worn spots
+ super hard to find !
PLENTY of PARTS for SALE
ATTENTION! OVER 1000 more ... more
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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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional