Gretsch-GEAR Country Clubs 6193 Country Club

1953 Gretsch 6193: 12553

Owned by
'53/'54 Club
Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Natural
Fretboard
Rosewood with Block inlays
Nut
Bone
Pickups
Dynasonic
Tuners
Waverly
Controls
  • Master Volume
  • Neck pickup volume
  • Bridge pickup volume
  • Master Tone (knob)
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Smooth knobs
Bridge
Melita
Tailpiece
G-Cutout
Modifications

The first was the addition of a B6G Bigsby tailpiece. It has Grover Imperial machines in place of the original oval button Waverlys. The original Melita bridge folded in half and was replaced by a Bigsby bridge. It also has separate tone controls for each pickup replacing the original master tone control. The extra tone control was added when it was converted to stereo in 1966. It was returned to mono in 1997. I recently (July, 2011) replaced the Bigsby bridge with a compensation adjustable roller bridge from StewMac which has done wonders for the intonation, sustain and tuning stability. I believe the bridge is a Wilkinson. It was made for a stud tailpiece but it fits nicely on a Gibson Tuneamatic base. The original tortoise colored plastic pickguard has alas been lost. I also added a gold plated jack plate since the side was cracked around the jack. All the mods were done during my ownership. The frets were replaced in 1997 (by Jim Surles in Cotati, CA) with the original size jumbo gauge fret wire. The latest mod was to install a reproduction of the original tortoise pickguard which was made by my luthier, John Battit, to a cardboard pattern I supplied.

Unusual factory features

The model # on the interior label though faded shows "6192 3". I have it on very good authority that this guitar is late 1953 production, the serial # indicates it is the 4th one in the first batch of Clubs made. Notice that the pearloid fingerboard inlays are block style and there is no first fret marker, a feature of very early 54 model production. The guitar has a blonde finish and gold hardware. The original pickguard was tortoise shell plastic with painted white edges just like an Electro II. It has the smooth top knurled barrel control knobs but no knurled strap knobs. The tailblock originally had a white plastic strap button. Headstock carries the "T-Roof" Gretsch logo.

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5 years ago Last modified 2016-12-20 19:20:03

This is my guitar. Can I reclaim my posting of this and add photo and other details?

Great, I now have posting on my guitar, thanks Bax!

Hi There, Wonderful instrument.

That is a perfect example of the guitar I have been asked to replicate for a well known British guitarist as a back up for his ageing 6120 that isn’t handling the road too well these days! He wanted a quilted top Country Club with all these fittings (B6 etc) but I can’t seem to ascertain if the top and back for this era guitar would be solid or a veneer laminate? When you had the jack plate off, could you see if the sides were a laminate or solid? Is your guitar a trestle construction? Any help would be most welcome. Seasons greetings,

Alan

Due to lost passwords I no longer have access to my old account but I own this guitar. The guitar is laminate maple, back, top and sides. No trestle, full hollow. The guitar has a deeper body than modern Country Clubs and you will note that the bridge pickup is a bit farther from the bridge than is the case with later Clubs. The guitar has a full, rich sound with plenty of twang when desired and a really nice jazz tone available as well. Sorry to take so long to answer your query Alan, but I haven’t checked up on the old girl here for awhile.

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