What makes this guitar special: A nicely broken-in piece with a gorgeous patina and stellar vintage vibe. This one showcases all the right wear for a guitar of its age, and surprisingly little of the characteristic binding rot of the era. The checking patterns throughout are absolutely gorgeous, and thanks to an age-old repaired crack by the neck heel, this one is super affordable for any guitarist looking to add a vintage Gretsch to their collection. It’s been professionally inspected and setup by our expert in-house luthier, and will arrive ready to impress you right out of the case.
Cosmetic condition: Great shape for its age, with some expected playwear throughout. This one was obviously someone’s go-to, and showcases various scratches, dents, nicks, dings, chips, and scuffs, with ample weather checking throughout and a few areas of finish wear. The frets show wear consistent with the age of the instrument and are pretty well worn, but still have some life left in them and all notes ring clear up and down the length of the board. There is an old, very stable repaired crack in the side of the neck running parallel to the fingerboard at frets 9-14, the pad for the string mute is dried out, and there is visible oxidation on most of the hardware.
Body: Double bound hollow maple body with dual simulated f-holes in orange stain. Clear pickup bezels, rocking bar bridge with floating ebony base, and Bigsby tremolo tailpiece. Original pickguard is not included.
Weight: 7 lb, 6.3 oz
Neck: C-shaped maple neck with red side dots and pearl thumbnail inlays. 1 11/16” nut width, 24.6” scale length with zero fret. Bound headstock with aged pearl Gretsch logo and “Chet Atkins Nashville Model” badge. Double bound ebony fingerboard is in great shape, and while frets show wear consistent with the age of the instrument, there is still some life left in them. Original open gear tuners function perfectly. Neck is straight and all notes ring clear up and down the length of the fingerboard.
Electronics: Dual Pat. Number FilterTron humbuckers (Neck-4.21K ohms, Bridge-4.14K ohms) with 3-way pickups selector switch, 3-way tone selector switch, and 3-way standby switch. G-Arrow knobs, 2x individual volume, 1x master volume.
Case: Original hard shell 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.