Up for sale, a 1965 Gretsch Country Club model 6192, honestly played and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A premier Gretsch model with a full 17" lower bout and 25 1/2" scale length, this Country Club is somewhat unique for the '65 model year, omitting the back pad and mute assembly. The guitar boasts an array of classic Gretsch features including thumbnail fretboard inlays, gold hardware, a Space Control bridge, G knobs, and original Filter'Tron humbuckers. The instrument has also been professionally rebound and refretted, playing extremely well and arguably in better fighting shape than when it left the factory.
The fully hollow maple body features parallel tonebar bracing, and acoustically the guitar has a bold, sweet sound that translates well through the Filter'Tron pickups. The bridge position is sparkling and authoritative with a touch-sensitive growl, and the neck position humbucker has a thick, silky sound. The guitar weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and 11-49 roundwound strings.
The maple neck has a fast-feeling slender C-shaped profile with slightly more heft in the higher registers of the fretboard. The ebony fingerboard features pearl thumbnail inlay, professionally rebound with correct multi-ply binding and red side dots. The guitar has been refretted with slender frets that have perfectly rounded crowns. The frets show virtually no wear, and the fret edge binding rounds out the perfect vintage appearance and feel. A new carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock boasts the original Grover Imperial tuners with large paddle buttons. The tuners have wear through the majority of their gold plating, functioning smoothly and reliably.
The headstock does exhibit a very cleanly repaired W-shaped fracture, practically invisible and oversprayed with nitro lacquer.
The stock electronics function as intended, with the original pair of Filter'Trons wired to a three-way pickup selector, three-way Tone switch (bypassed in the middle), and dedicated Volume knobs for each pickup. A Master Volume knob is located on the treble side cutaway, and a three-way on/off/on kill switch by the input jack rounds things out. Hardware includes the stock Space Control bridge and G knobs, and a modern gold USA-made Bigsby B6 vibrato tailpiece has been installed (the original G trapeze tailpiece is still viable and also included). There is patina through the majority of the gold plating on the hardware, and plastics include the original lucite elevated gold pickguard and transparent pickup rings (the forward edge of the decorative neck pickup ring is missing).
The body has been professionally and completely rebound, with some finish touchup adjacent to the binding and areas of light overspray on the top and back. Cosmetic wear includes buckle rash on the back, forearm wear on the top, and various nicks and scuffs consistent with honest use.
The original hardshell case with dark blue/gray textured exterior is included.