Country Clubs: Current model differences clarified
The purpose of this article is to describe current (and very recent) Country Club models for the convenience of shoppers, dreamers, and spec-fanatics. It focuses on the 2005-07 line.
Clubs in the current Fender Musical Instrument Corp (FMIC) model lineup come in two essential versions:
- 1957-ish, with Dynasonic single-coils, tone knob circuit, trapeze tailpiece and humpblock fret markers.
- 1958-ish, with Filtertron double-coils, tone switch circuit, Bigsby and thumbnail fret markers. (Except actual '58s had trestle bracing. This model is also similar to late-60s post-Electrotone Clubs, except they had an additional standby switch.)
Note that all 50s Clubs were 3 ½'" in depth – deeper than anything Gretsch now makes. Current Clubs are 2 ¾"
The Country Club line as of February, 2007 consists of a single sunburst-finished 6192 variation, two versions of the blonde/"Amber Natural" 6193, and two versions of the Cadillac Green 6196.
All versions share these common features: 17" x 2.75" body with parallel bracing 25.5" scale maple bodies 21 frets 12" radius necks Grover Imperial tuners goldhardware urethane finish
- Laminated maple top, 2 Dynasonics & tone-knob circuit, Adjusto-Matic bridge, G- Cutout tailpiece, rosewood fingerboard with humpblock markers (see note 1)
- Laminated maple OR spruce top (see note 2), 2 Dynasonics & tone-knob circuit, Adjusto-Matic OR Synchro-Sonic (Melita) bridge (see note 3), G-Cutout tailpiece, rosewood fingerboard with humpblock markers, no soundpost.
- Laminated maple OR spruce top, 2 Filtertrons & tone-SWITCH circuit, Space Control roller bridge, Gretsch-V B6G Bigsby, ebony fingerboard with Neoclassic thumbnail markers and soundpost.
- Arched solid spruce top, 2 Dynasonics & tone-knob circuit, Adjusto-Matic OR Synchro-Sonic (Melita) bridge, G-trapeze tailpiece, rosewood fingerboard with humpblock markers, no soundpost.
- 6196T: Arched solid spruce top, 2 Filtertrons & tone-switch circuit, Space Control roller bridge, Gretsch-V B6G Bigsby, ebony fingerboard with Neoclassic thumbnail markers and soundpost.
I believe it's accurate that Dynasonic models (6192, 6193, 6196) do NOT have tone posts, and that Filtertron/Bigsby models (6193T, 6196T) DO have tone posts. Verify by checking the one you're looking at.
- Early FMIC-era Dynasonic Clubs are known to have block fret markers; humpblocks arrived by sometime in 2004 at latest. While some models are described on Gretsch's site as having aged humblocks and binding, most have white.
- Prior to Fall 2006, the only contemporary Country Clubs with spruce tops were the Cadillac Green 6196 and 6196T. Since Fall 2006, quite a few 6193s (and perhaps 6192s) have appeared with spruce tops (instead of maple) as well.
- In addition, 6192s, 6193s, and 6196s have been appearing with Synchro-Sonic bridges.