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Gretsch / 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gent / 1972 / Walnut / Guitar For Sale

First appearing in 1957, the Country Gentleman bracketed the 6120 with the 6119 Tennessean. Adopted by Chet Atkins as his go to guitar in the studio due in no small part to the Filtertron pickups, 1964 saw the models popularity take to the stratosphere following an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show by a little known pop combo from Liverpool, cementing the guitars position in the canon of iconic guitars. 

This guitar is in great condition. There are no serious marks on the body. The binding, always a potential point of issue with  Gretsch's, is intact. The finish hasn’t really faded. INterestingly this guitar is one of the last few to have left the factory with the painted f hole as this feature, along with the removal of the nameplate on the headstock, was phased out in 1972.

The neck is in good shape too and has retained some of its gloss finish. The finish has worn here a bit as you can see from the pictures.The fretboard is in superb shape as are the frets. There are signs that the neck has been reset.

The hardware is worn but not corroded. The plastics are in great shape though the pickup surrounds have been replaced. The originals are in the case.

The electronics are in good shape and have remained untouched. 

The guitar comes with its correct hardshell case 

Sonically this guitar delivers. The unamplified sound has a clear tone that really translates plugged in. Both pickups sound so wonderful, very classic Gretsch and the array of switches add to the tonal palette. The springiness of the Bigsby is also so pleasing.

Maybe not from the classic period but this is a great example of what Gretsch was capable of. Grab it before it gets away.

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

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We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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