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2014 Gretsch Chet Atkins 1959 Country Gentleman Reissue

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Serial #: JT14272801

Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11 1/6" Body depth: 2"

Materials: Arched flame maple top, back, sides and neck; solid ebony fingerboard with pearl thumbprint inlays; triple bound body, bound neck; original bone nut.

Hardware: All gold hardware includes TV Jones Super'Tron Classic neck pickup and Classic Plus bridge pickup; Grover Imperial tuners; pearlescent gold pickguard with Gretsch logo; adjustable rocker bridge with ebony base; master volume and tone controls; bridge pickup volume control; three-way pickup selector switch; G-logo harp tailpiece installed, additional Gretsch Bigsby vibrola tailpiece with curved wire handle included in case.

Notes: Gretsch introduced the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman model in 1957 to celebrate America's most famous guitarist. Built to Chet's detailed specs, this striking instrument boasts premium features including the large 17" Byrdland style body, all-gold hardware with Grover Imperial tuners, and a versatile array of controls. This original single cutaway version was discontinued in 1961, and has remained a highly collectible guitar ever since.

Introduced the same year as the Country Gent, Gretsch's Filter'Tron pickups are a hum-cancelling design, built with larger magnets than Gibson's PAFs, for a thicker, more powerful tone. The twin bobbins are more closely spaced and wound with less wire as well, to avoid the loss of high frequency response. The TV Jones Super'Tron neck pickup is a replica of the original prototype Filter'Tron design, with blades instead of screw polepieces, while the Classic Plus bridge pickup is a somewhat punchier version of this legendary Gretsch humbucker.

This handsome example is in mint condition, and crafted of exceptionally fine flamed maple throughout. Designated model G6122-1959, it has the classic simulated soundholes for maximum feedback resistance. The bound ebony fingerboard has the signature thumbprint inlays, bone nut with zero fret, and a gentle D neck profile. Gretsch-logo hardware includes arrow control knobs, and Grover Imperial tuners with the rare kidney-shaped keys. A G-logo harp tailpiece is installed as well, with an additional new Gretsch Bigsby vibrola tailpiece included in case.

The tonal range is exceptionally versatile, from rockabilly to bop, and the action is smooth and low over finely polished medium frets. The Chet Atkins Country Gentleman has achieved an iconic status among players and collectors alike. This gleaming example is proof that the legacy is stronger than ever. One only: call now.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

Setup: This instrument is strung with light gauge nickel strings (.011-.049). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original Gretsch logo arched plush lined hardshell case, with key and truss rod wrench.




















































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