Up for sale, a 1967 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, COA and factory paperwork. 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 FilterTron humbuckers, while the simulated F holes mitigate unwanted feedback in higher gain and higher volume scenarios. The guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 12-54 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 9th. The bound ebony fingerboard features pearl thumbnail inlay, and the original slender frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. The scale length measures 24.6", and the neck measures 1 5/8" in width at the zero fret just forward of the nut. The headstock sports the original immaculate Grover Imperial tuning machines which have large paddle buttons, great tuning stability, and a smooth gear ratio.
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 is very clean, with only light wear through the plating on the edges of the pickups and roller bridge. 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 single mute just forward of the bridge engages as it should. Also of note, the neck set is perfect, with ample height on both bridge thumbwheels.
Cosmetically, the guitar is exceedingly well-kept, and this 6122 has just about the nicest nigh flawless multi-ply binding we've ever encountered on a mid-60's Gretsch. There is just one small piece of reglued binding on the back lower bout, and cosmetic wear on the gloss Walnut finish is limited to just a few light finish scratches and minor nicks from light, careful use on the body as a whole, and a touch of very faint “rack rash” adjacent to the nut. The neck profile is free of wear, and this is a stunning example of one of Gretsch's most iconic models.
The original hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the guitar with a deep blue textured exterior, functional gold latches and the original handle. The guitar is also complete with its Gretsch Guarantee (COA), guarantee envelope, Filter'Tron leaflet, and registration card.