Vintage 1966 Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville Electric Guitar Orange Finish


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Cosmetic Condition:  Aside from some binding "rot" the guitar is in fabulous shape for its age & the orange finish is very vibrant.  Most of the gold has tarnished & worn off the hardware, but overall the guitar has a gorgeous look to it with a beautiful patina.

Neck:  Nicely rounded maple neck with cream binding & red side-dots.  Ebony fingerboard with pearloid "thumbnail" inlays.  Original frets are in great shape with no wear.  Bound headstock with beautiful flame maple overlay.  Pearloid Gretsch logo with Chet Atkins Nashville Model plaque.  The plaque is missing one rivet.  Original Grover tuners in perfect working condition.  1 11/16" nut width with zero fret; 24 1/2" scale length.  Neck is straight & truss rod works fine.

Body:  Double-bound, hollow maple body with simulated F-holes.  Bigsby tremolo tailpiece with floating Rocking Bar bridge.  Gold plexi pickguard is in great shape with no cracks or breaks.  String mute assembly works, but the mute pad has deteriorated, which is typical of this model.  Guitar weighs 7 lbs 6 oz.

Pickups:  Original FilterTron humbuckers with gold bezels.  Master volume control & individual volume controls for each pickup with "G" Arrow knobs.  3-way pickup & tone selector switches; standby switch.  All electronics are in perfect working condition.

Playability / Sound:  Nice action - neck plays well & is very comfortable.  Warm, rich tone with that classic Gretsch sound.  The guitar is very resonant & lots of fun to play.

Case:  Original hardshell case included.

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.