Up for sale, a vintage 1962 Gretsch 6160 Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen tube amp in excellent condition and in good working order. This amp was manufactured by Valco in Chicago, and this parent company was also home to brands including Supro, National, and Airline, thus the notable similarities in both tone and cosmetic appearance! One of the rarest, most complex, and feature rich amps ever produced for Gretsch, this two channel amp is notable for sporting the 6160's earliest chassis design and speaker configuration, with two matching alnico Jensen P12R speakers. This amplifier shines with rich, articulate, and warm clean tone, with a depth and harmonic complexity that is complimented well by the top end detail and natural compression of the Jensen P12R. This amps excels in any genre that requires beautiful clean tones, such as R&B, Jazz, or old school Country, and of course if you push the amp to its limit, theres a bit of smooth overdrive on tap as well.
A unique feature of this amp is its foot-switchable, pitch shifting, vaguely Leslie sounding Vibrato that feels thick, lush, and distinctly vintage. Also built in is a fully-functioning tuner that can be set to "hum" at a desired pitch for you to tune to. The two Jensen P12R speakers are era correct replacements, with clean black frames and matching date codes from the 47th week of 1958. One speaker has been professionally reconed, while the other retains its original cone, and both have clear, balanced output with alnico magnets rated to handle 25 tube watts.
The circuit is very original, with stock transformers, and a pair of newer Wing C Svetlana 6L6GC power tubes that sound great and have plenty of life left. The amp is ink stamped "6160" on the inside of the cabinet, and the small Valco serial number badge on the lower edge of the back panel dates the amp's production to 1962.
Cosmetically, the amp has been well cared for over the decades, with the original textured deep blue covering that matches Gretsch cases of the era. The stock white piping is intact on the cab as well, and the material only shows modest wear around the corners, with sparingly little wear on the bottom of the cab, which retains the original rubber feet. The chrome preamp chassis has almost all of its original black silkscreen lettering, and the chrome shows an expected amount of faint surface rust and patina for being over five decades old, but overall still presents well. The knobs on the top of the amp are vintage replacements, while the original knobs and switches are still present for the Vibrato and Tuner functions. The plastic badges ("Gretsch" and "Chet Atkins") on the face of the amp are no longer present, but a custom made rectangular badge has been applied to the lower right corner of the face of the amp, and it definitely looks the part. This amp is structurally and functionally sound, and would be a great fit for any recording or gigging setup that requires a big sounding vintage tube amp that meets the standards of "Mr Guitar," Chet Atkins himself!