Vintage 1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Electric Guitar Walnut


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What’s special about this guitar: This is a great sounding vintage Country Gent with exceptional playability in great shape for its age! The SuperTron and FilterTron pickups sound beautiful together and give the guitar plenty of versatility. The neck on this one is instantly comfortable with a nice slender feel and perfect action. The guitar has a look, feel and sound that you just won’t find in a newer model and it is very difficult to put down!

Condition: This guitar is in great overall shape! There are some small surface scratches, nicks, dings and chips throughout the guitar but all of these are very minor! The binding around the body and fingerboard has shrunk and cracked in some areas. There are some areas of binding rot around the body in which the binding is crumbling off. The fingerboard and frets are in very good shape with only moderate play wear and tons of life left in them. The neck is super comfortable with great action up and down the fingerboard and the truss rod functions perfectly. All electronics and parts are in perfect working condition.

Body: Double-bound hollow body with maple top, back and sides in walnut stain finish. Gretsch by Bigsby vibrato tailpiece with a rosewood-based metal roller bridge. Gretsch arrow control knobs, dual simulated f-holes and a gold pickguard. The arm for the bigsby is unoriginal as the original arm broke. Access to the inside of the body is on the back via a plastic cover plate with a leather snap on cover.

Neck: Super comfortable, slender maple neck with a bound Ebony fingerboard. Pearloid thumbnail inlays, a zero-fret and a 1 5/8” nut. Bound headstock with Grover tuners and a 24.5” scale length.

Pickups/Electronics: Gretsch SuperTron in the neck and a FilterTron in the bridge with dual volume controls, a master volume control, on/off switch, 3-way tone switch and a 3-way pickup selector switch. There are also two string mute levers.

Neck: 4.33K Ohms.

Bridge: 4.13K Ohms.

Weight: 8lbs, 8.0oz.

Case: Includes the original hardshell case.

Why We Love Gretsch

Gretsch has been handcrafting guitars for over 135 years. The unique sound of the Gretsch semi-hollow body guitar has become synonymous with rockabilly music, one of the first styles of rock ‘n roll. Gretsch guitars are a favorite among musicians like Chet Atkins, Brian Setzer and George Harrison. At Cream City Music, we love Gretsch too, which is why we always have a huge selection of new, used and vintage Gretsch guitars in stock.