Up for sale, a 2005 Gretsch G6119-1962HT Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose in near-mint condition and perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. Best known for its regular use by George Harrison throughout the Beatles' career, the Tennessee Rose is a reissue of the enduringly popular Tennessean and features a thinline hollow maple body, simulated F-holes, and a pair of Hilo'Tron pickups (hence the HT in the model designation). Hilo'Trons are essentially a single coil version of the Filter'Tron, known for their shimmering highs, mellow lows, and lively response. Featherweight at 6lbs 14oz, this guitar balances well on a strap, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The two-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features red side dots, pearloid thumbnail inlay and flawless slender fretwire. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24.6" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines that turn smoothly.
The electronics function as intended, with the Hilo'Tron pickups wired to a Master Volume, dedicated Volume controls for each pickup, a standby switch, a three-way pickup selector switch, and a three-position tone switch. Hardware includes the bar bridge, B6G vibrato tailpiece and "G" pointer knobs, and plastics comprise the silver plexi Tennessee Rose pickguard. The Burgundy Stain gloss finish exhibits just a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat central to the back, and the neck profile gloss is flawless, highlighting light flame figuring on the treble side.
The original Gretsch branded hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtags.