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Gretsch Tennessean 6119 Walnut, 1967

Gretsch Tennessean 6119 Walnut, 1967

Currently named the ‘Tennessee Rose’, the Gretsch Tennessean 6119 first appeared in 1958, and for 1961 gained the closed, thin ElectroTone body. Chet Atkins had been urging Gretsch to take steps to reduce feedback on their hollowbody designs, especially after Gibson introduced the center-block ES335 in 1958.

Vintage
Price: $3,250.00 CAD
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Gretsch G6120 FTM Player’s Edition Orange, 2016

Gretsch G6120 FTM Player's Edition Orange, 2016

This is a real treat – a Gretsch G6120 FTM Player’s Edition, with a spectacular flame maple body, string-through Bigsby, pinned bridge, and locking tuners! This is a seriously good guitar, and these modern examples are among the best Gretsch has ever produced. Gretsch introduced the 6120 in 1954 and it was an immediate hit, adopted by many of the top players like Chet Atkins and Eddie Cochrane.

Used
Price: $2,999.99 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gretsch G6119-1959 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose, Flagstaff Sunset Red, 2007

❌SOLD❌  Gretsch G6119-1959 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose, Flagstaff Sunset Red, 2007

Here is a very cool and rather rare Gretsch G6119-1959 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose, much like a single-pickup Anniversary model with Trestle bracing and zero fret – and in Flagstaff Sunset Red! This is a reproduction of a guitar known to have been built to a total of about one thousand instruments with open F-Holes. At this time, Chet Atkins was working with Gretsch to reduce feedback as volumes continued to rise, and two main approaches were taken.

Used
Price: $2,450.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gretsch Brian Setzer Signature 6120SSU Nashville, Orange Flame, 1997

❌SOLD❌ Gretsch Brian Setzer Signature 6120SSU Nashville, Orange Flame, 1997

The Gretsch Brian Setzer 6120SSU, built from 1993 to 2014, was one of the earlier of the Setzer Signature models based on the 1960 6120s used in the Stray Cats, Brian Setzer Orchestra and various solo projects. Introduced in 1954 as a Chet Atkins model, the Gretsch 6120 featured a fully hollow, 16 inch wide and 2 7/8 inch deep Maple Laminate body with bound F holes, tone bar / sound post bracing and a Maple neck with Rosewood or Ebony fingerboard and bridge base.

Used
Price: $2,999.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119FT Thin Body Archtop Walnut, 2006

❌SOLD❌  Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119FT Thin Body Archtop Walnut, 2006

Based on the 1962 Chet Atkins Tennessean, the Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119 was introduced in 1995, but wasn’t a ‘Chet Atkins’ model until 2007 when Gretsch re-acquired rights to the Atkins name. Consequently, the pickguard on this example has only the words ‘Tennessee Rose’ and the Gretsch logo. The 6119 Tennessean appeared in 1958 as a full size, single pickup archtop. In 1962, it was drastically revised with a new, thin body using the sealed ‘ElectroTone’ concept for feedback resistance. This design has faux F-holes, either painted or decals. It bore a pair of either Filter ‘Tron or HiLo ‘Tron pickups and the model was discontinued in 1980. Gretsch, then owned by Baldwin, folded in 1983 with Baldwin’s bankruptcy.

Used
Price: $2,200.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gretsch Sparkle Jet G6129T with Bigsby Silver Sparkle, 2007

❌SOLD❌ Gretsch Sparkle Jet G6129T with Bigsby Silver Sparkle, 2007

Guitar makers and players sometimes don’t want to go for an understated approach, and the Gretsch Sparkle Jet G6129T is a case in point. Featuring a wildly metallic sparkle layer on top of chambered, single cut Mahogany body with Maple laminate top, the Sparkle Jet is anything but subtle. The Gretsch Jet models were introduced in 1955 as a response to the Gibson Les Paul. At the time, Gretsch was resistant to solidbody designs and so the Jet is heavily chambered. The Mahogany back has spaces routed into it, and a Maple laminate top is applied.

Used
Price: $2,650.00 CAD

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