This tasty 1962 Gretsch Model 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean was built in the New York plant during Gretsch's "golden era". It is finished in a warm light walnut color. Engraved on the top of the headstock is the five digit serial number 45115. The single cutaway, hollow body, archtop 6119 has a double bound maple top and maple back and sides. There are dual black simulated f holes. The body is 2" deep and 15 5/8" wide at the lower bout. The two piece maple neck has a narrow black strip down the middle. A single bound rosewood fretboard with 22 frets plus a zero fret and eight neoclassic fretboard side markers complete the neck. It has a bone nut that is 1 11/16" wide and a neck scale of 24 1/2". It tips the scales at 7.2 pounds. The black painted headstock has a pearl inlaid Gretsch T roof logo. Other features include chrome plated parts, open back Grover tuners with oval metal buttons, a high gloss gray lucite pickguard with a Gretsch logo and Chet Atkins signature, a metal bar bridge on a rosewood base, and a Bigsby vibrato with a V cutout (Pat No. D169120). There are dual HiLoTron single coil pickups with gray plastic pickup rings. The electronics include two 3 way tone selector switches on the upper base bout, a master volume knob on the upper treble bout, and two volume knobs and three way standby switch on the lower treble bout. All three knobs are Gretsch arrow through chrome with a cross hatch pattern on the sides. The Tennessean has very minor weather checking and light button rash on the back. There are a limited number of dings mostly on the top edge of the headstock and back edge of the body. The top tuning key on the treble side of the guitar has a slightly bent stem that does not effect its function. There is plenty of fret wear remaining and just minor wear visible. Overall this 6119 Chet Atkins is in very nice condition. It has a narrow compact tapered neck with a fretboard that is in real nice shape with a straight neck. The Gretsch Tennessean is most often associated with George Harrison and the British invasion. The guitar is so easy to play it's no wonder Harrison chose to play one. It has a great jazz tone when the switches are utilized and wonderful intonation. It comes with a new black hardshell case.
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