Gretsch-GEAR Country Gents & Southern Belles 6122 Country Gentleman

Gretsch 6122: 17XX

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Body style
Double Cutaway Hollowbody
Ebony with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
Bone with zero fret
Vintage "Patent Number" FilterTron
Grover Imperial with "Kidney Bean" buttons
Bigsby B-6C (V-cutout)
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1 year ago Last modified 2018-08-09 13:02:21

In 1989 my girlfriend called me and said a friend of hers was selling an old guitar for $500.00. My birthday was coming up and she wanted to get this guitar for me. I asked what kind of guitar it was and if it looked to be in good condition. When she told me it was a 1963 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman and that it was in the original case and was excellent first thought was it had to be stolen. So I asked her if she could take it to a reputable guitar shop downtown and have it appraised and check to see if it had been reported stolen. When she reported back to me that it had appraised for $2,500, and it did not appear to have been stolen, I told her to run not walk to the bank and get the money to buy it from her friend. 20 something years later, it is still my baby, and my favorite to play. The girlfriend and I didn't last for much longer, but we met up once a few years later for lunch, and she asked if I still had the Gretsch, and in fear I replied "yes I do, you don't want it back do you?" Gratefully she said she didn't want it back...

Beautiful guitar, and great story. However, it’s actually at least a ‘66 or later model, as the single mute and the “Kidney Bean” Grover Imperial tuners didn’t show up until then. ‘65 and earlier models had the double mute system, and usually Grover “stairstep” Imperial tuners. Also, wondering if that pickguard is a later model replacement— as most from this era did not have the Chet signature on them until some time in ‘67. However, because of the mix of features, yours may be a transitional pre-Baldwin model— made in late ‘66 or early ‘67.

Regardless of whether of it’s year, it’s a fine example!

I had a single mute ‘67 for a short while. It had the Chet Atkins signature and Country Gentleman on the pickguard. Didn’t they actually read “Gentlemen” in ‘68?

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