Retrofret Stock # 4785. Gretsch Model 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1962), made in Brooklyn, NY, serial # 46068, dark mahogany finish, laminated maple body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, hard shell case. A fine first-year "second version" Model 6119 Tennessean with the closed 'Electrotone' body, one of Gretsch's classic 1960's models. Although the least expensive instrument in the Chet Atkins signature line, the Tennessean was still a relatively upscale guitar. Like all Atkins models it is fitted with a "Gretsch by Bigsby" vibrato; Only the 6119 used two single-coil Hi-lo'tron pickups. This model cost the not inconsiderable sum of $350.00 new in 1962, the year it replaced the earlier full-hollowbody, single-pickup 6119. This example features the earliest unbound stenciled-on "F-holes" which are hard to see on the dark finished body, no doubt why a white border was added to them within a year or so. Early '60's Tennesseans also have openback Waverly tuners rather than the Van Ghents used later, lack the headstock plaque added in 1964. The 6119 remained the only single-cutaway guitar in the Atkins line, both the Country Gentleman and 6120 having become double-cutaways at the time.This particular guitar has an excellent neck angle (often a sore point of this model) and is a relatively rare instrument, as the production of all Gretsch guitars and particularly Tennesseans went way up in 1964-67. Many 1960's artists made extensive use of this popular model, including George Harrison (most notably in the film "HELP!" and the Beatles '65 world tours) and David Crosby of The Byrds. Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers)toured and recordedextensively in 1963-4 with an early Tennessean exactly like this one, and the Animals' Hilton Valentine recorded all the band's early material including "House of the Rising Sun" with this same model.Overall length is 42 1/2 in. (108 cm.), 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). A good playing example; all original except for one knob (a repro). There are two small holes inexplicably drilled in the Bigsby tailpiece on the treble side, and a crack in the pickguard at the mounting screw. There is plating worn off the bridge top and treble edge of the pickup covers. No binding rot at all, but a small area that appears to be a cigarette burn by the base of the neck. This guitar may have some interesting stories in its past! Generally Excellent Condition.
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