Circa 1963 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean + HSC

Circa 1963 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean + HSC

Gretsch |  1964gretsch6119

A reasonably priced Gretsch with that distinctive sound from the 60's that you will be familiar with from so many classic recordings...

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From the fine people at Gretsch comes this circa 1963 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean.

Introduced as a more affordable alternative to the other Atkins endorsed Gretsches, this Tennessean features a hollow 2” deep body with painted f holes, a pair of HiLo ‘Tron Single coil pickups and a bisgbsby designed vibrato system.

The walnut stained, single bound top is in good shape, the guitar having been preiviosly owned by a professional musician. There are the odd dink and bang around the edges but overall the body looks great. The neck too is remarkably free of wear as is the fretboard with its classic ‘thumbprint’ inlays. The binding on the neck has been replaced but this is a common aspect of vintage Gretsch guitars. The plexiglass-glass pickguard and pickup surrounds really set this guitar off, married to the chrome hardware giving this guitar a stylish feel.

We are dating this by features as although there is a feint serial number impressed on the top of the headstock it is near impossible to read, however it looks like it begins with a ‘5’

The guitar comes with a later but correct, hardshell case.

Sonically this guitar is a treat. Acoustically theres a pleasing warmth to the tone. The HiLo Tron pickups are a good fit, translating that warm tone well when amplified. The controls are typical Gretsch with the tone switch, master and individual pickup volumes. The bigsby designed vibrato has plenty of spring and is very smooth when working in conjunction with the Gretsch roller bridge.

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At a glance

Model: 6119 Tennesean
Year: 1964
Finish: Walnut

Modifications: None
Repairs: None
Weight: 3.20 Kg

Case: Original Hardshell
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tuners: Correct Gretsch tuners

Pickups: 2 x correct HiLo 'Tron single coil pickups
Hardware: Correct Nickel
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: Correct pots




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