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1965 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut, Collector-Grade w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1965 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A short-lived and highly desirable iteration of the 6122 Country Gentleman platform, this model features dual mutes and painted-on F holes, produced very early in the '65 model year.

Whether you seek brilliant chewy twang with a midrange heft and refinement suitable for Chet Aktins flavored fingerpicking, or the full spectrum sweetness and cut of George Harrison's British Invasion tone, you can't beat a genuine vintage USA-made Gretsch 6122. With a 17" wide fully hollow slender maple body and slab ebony fingerboard, this Gretsch delivers an immediate attack and glassy snap channeled through the pair of original humbuckers, with a Super'Tron in the neck position and a Filter'Tron at the bridge. And while still a hollowbody instrument, the painted-on F holes are a simple, elegant solution to mitigate unwanted feedback in higher gain and higher volume scenarios when compared to traditional F holes. The guitar weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 10-46 strings.

The two-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with round shoulders in every register, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 9th. The bound ebony fingerboard features pearl thumbnail inlay, and the original slender frets have been leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime. While quite low, the frets play effortlessly in every register with only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The scale length measures 24.6", and the neck measures 1 11/16" in width at the zero fret just forward of the nut. The headstock sports the original Grover Imperial tuning machines which have large paddle buttons, offering great tuning stability and a smooth response.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with a standard Gretsch control layout including a three-way pickup selector toggle, three-way Tone switch (bypassed in the middle), a Master Volume control on the treble side body cutaway, and individual Volumes for each pickup, with a kill switch three-way toggle (on/off/on) located just south of the bridge pickup Volume control. The gold hardware has plenty of shine, with light, uniform surface patina. The Gretsch roller bridge with ebony base allows for very smooth action on the Bigsby vibrato, suitable for surfy shimmies or deeper dives with ease, and the original dual mutes just forward of the bridge engage as they should, fitted with fresh foam.

The Walnut gloss nitro lacquer is exceedingly clean, with just a few light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole, while the neck profile retains its nigh flawless nitro gloss, free of palm wear. The original binding is extremely nice on this example, especially noteworthy given that most mid-60s Gretsch guitars have not fared half as well as this particular Country Gentleman in this regard. Wear on the binding is limited to some of the usual checking at the neck joint which has been stabilized, and one small patch or matching three-ply back binding on the lower bout edge.

The original hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the guitar with a deep blue/gray textured exterior, functional gold latches and the original handle.