Gretsch-GEAR Country Gents & Southern Belles 6122 Country Gentleman

1957 Gretsch 6122: 26405

Owned by
unknown
Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Unknown
Fretboard
Ebony with unknown inlays
Nut
Brass
Pickups
Unknown
Tuners
Grover Imperial
Bridge
Bar
Tailpiece
Bigsby B-6
Modifications

Refret.

Unusual factory features

This is one of the earliest production Country Gents, and has some unusual features. First and foremost, the scale length is 25 1/2" and it features an extra wide 5-piece neck with an unusually flat profile. It's worth noting that Chet himself preferred a wider neck and longer scale on his own personal Country Gent. In fact, the appointments of this guitar appear identical to an unnumbered '57 Gent that was owned by Chet, given to Jethro Burns, and ultimately sold by Gruhn Guitars around 2005. Also notice that the pickup selector and tone switches are positioned parallel to the neck, unlike the angled switches that would become standard within just a few guitars from this one. This was also an attribute of Chet's own '57 Gent. The next Gent off the line, 26406, appears identical to this guitar, but by 2641X the specs had been changed to the 24 1/2" scale three piece neck that would be standard for the rest of the Country Gent's run (excluding Chet's own '59 Gent, which again had a longer scale and wider board).

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5 years ago Last modified 2014-07-11 10:01:41

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