Up for sale, a 2006 Gretsch G6122-1959 Chet Atkins "1959 Nashville Classic" Country Gentleman in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, hangtags, and COA. With a straight tiger flame maple body, gold hardware, and an extremely rare Sunburst gloss finish only offered in a single production run in 2006, this is one of the most beautifully crafted Gretsch guitars on the market today, not to mention one of the best sounding ones as well.
Boasting a pair of factory-installed TV Jones pickups (a Plus HT in the bridge position and a Super'Tron in the neck to be precise), this Gretsch delivers a wide range of tones from two descendants of the classic Filter'Tron. While the Super'Tron provides a very faithful Gretsch tone with clarity, richness and glassy, detailed chords, the Plus HT has plenty of bite and twang on tap while still staying balanced and retaining a lovely midrange character. The guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 11-50 roundwound strings, this G6122-1959 is ready for the stage and studio.
Designed in cooperation with Chet Atkins’ longtime rhythm guitarist and close friend, Paul Yandell, the G6122-1959 Country Gentleman precisely replicates the world’s most famous ’59 6122 model—one of Atkins' personal favorite guitars. Features include handmade TV Jones custom pickups, a slightly wider neck, and Bigsby B6 vibrato tailpiece with distinctive Chet arm.
The maple neck has light flame figuring extending up the profile, and the slender C profile carve has slight shoulders and a fast, easy-playing feel, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 9th. The ebony fretboard features red side dots and pearl thumbnail inlays, with original medium jumbo fretwire that shows virtually no wear. The guitar boasts a 1 3/4" nut width that's ideal for fingerpicking and a full 25 1/2" scale length. The headstock sports the original carved bone nut with zero fret, Grover Imperial tuning machines that have a very smooth gear ratio and large paddle buttons, and a "1959 - Nashville Classic" metal plaque.
On the 17" wide body, all of the electronics work as they should, and the Gretsch roller bridge with ebony base allows for very smooth action of the Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, suitable for surfy shimmies or deeper dives with ease. The "wire" Bigsby arm is also a very nice touch with the appearance of a fixed-arm design, yet swings out of the way when needed. While Sunburst would be a common finish on most instruments, it's exceedingly rare on this model, only offered in 2006, and a cosmetic option that very rarely surfaces for sale. The guitar shows one tiny spot of patina central to the roller bridge, and the gold hardware is otherwise notably clean, providing great contrast to the tight, straight flame maple which extends evenly across the body. There's barely a scratch on the body, and the neck profile is equally pristine.
The original hardshell case is included, along with the COA and hangtags.