1957 Gretsch 6196 Country Club Green + OHSC

1957 Gretsch 6196 Country Club Green + OHSC

Gretsch |  57gretschCC  |  1 in stock_level

1957 Gretsch Country Club anyone?

As with the White Falcon, the 6196 Country Club, though not as popular, holds a particular place as one of Gretsch’s premium guitars. Introduce in 1951, it continued the legacy of the 6030 and 6031, initially with a spruce top and were the first instruments to feature the G cut out tailpiece and the now standard Cadillac green finish.

Stunning doesn’t quite cut it with his one. There are only a few marks , the majority of which are on the back and we’re nit picking here. The guitar has retained a lush gloss finish with the only real signs of use being the hardware. The lacquer has checked lightly which only adds to the look. The binding is in great shape.

The neck too is in great shape. It has been reset at some stage as is evident by a narrow band of paint around the heel. This has been well done and its not immediately obvious that the work has been carried out. As with the body, there are a few paint chips but the lacquer still has a wonderful depth of colour and shows no signs of its 60+ years. The fretboard is free of any significant wear and the original frets have plenty of life left them.

The hardware has tarnished somewhat as is to be expected with gold plated parts. Having said that there is enough of the plating left to suggest that this guitar has lead a charmed life.

Electrically everything is correct with no sign of any modifications or reflowed solder joints. Sound wise, this is quintessential Gretsch land and if you’ve visited this place before then you will know exactly what we are talking about. You cannot get this sound from other guitar makes!

The guitar comes with its correct Tweed Gretsch banner hardshell case.

At 2 3/4” deep, this guitar can certainly rival anything that came out of Kalamazoo, a truly captivating experience straight out of the case. When plugged in its all about the interplay between the hollowbody and those Dynasonic pickups, transporting you back to the heady days of fin tails, swing dresses and drive-ins, a growl that will surely turn heads.

If you have any questions about the item, feel free to contact us using the form below. All fields are required.

Make a reasonable offer and we’ll consider it. All feilds are required and offer should be in £GBP Sterling. If you need a currency converter try this link.

At a glance

Model: 6196 Country Club
Year: 1957
Finish: Cadillac Green

Modifications: None
Repairs: Neck has been reset
Weight: 3.36 Kg

Case: Correct Tweed Gretsch banner hardshell case
Fingerboard: Ebony
Tuners: Correct gold plated Grover tuners

Pickups: 2 x Correct Dynasonic pickups
Hardware: Correct Gold Plated
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: 4 x Correct 500K Stackpole




We are located in Gloucestershire, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed, tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers and purchased, by appointment at our demo facilities in Gloucester.

We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.

Landline (generally staffed 9AM-6PM Monday to Friday): 01242 697607‬

Overseas: +44 1242 697607

ATB Guitars, PO Box 1378, Cheltenham GL50 9JU