Chet Atkins is of course the father figure of Gretsch Guitars – Yet the arrival of The Beatles and a new voice of pop music, launched a new demand for Gretsch Guitars – Look at the old videos of The Animals, The Monkees, Gerry and The Pacemakers and many more bands from the 1960’s, then chances are you’ll see and hear a Gretsch in action – Indie and Brit Pop bands later introduced new players to a Gretsch Guitar, whilst Eddie Cochran and Brian Setzer have always ensured that Rock ‘a’ Billy fans will always fancy checking out a Gretsch – There are is no shortage of original vintage models for sale today, in various condition and playability, with various price tags – Fortunately the Gretsch name stills exists today, via a special relationship between the Gretsch family and the Fender Guitar Company – As such vintage replica and tweaked vintage models known as ‘players edition’ models fill the catalogue – With all this in mind it is time for me to introduce you to a used Gretsch G6119T Players Edition Tennessee Rose, with a dark cherry stain finish – An exceptional clean and used example from 2017 – Complete with the appropriate deluxe case, certificate and a host of paperwork – One owner since new and barely played and just about spotless, so hunt long and hard to find any hint of a graze or blemish
Host of additional info regarding a used Gretsch G6119T Tennesse Rose :- Whole guitar weighs only 7lbs and 5oz Re-strung + set-up with 10-52 gauge strings – Many may well favour a 10-46 gauge string, but I feel with a lowish action, a 10-56 gauge provides less of a sloppy low E to cause any rattle issues – I believe the factory set-up on a G6119T is with 11-49 gauge strings – Of course I can set-up and adjust as required Laminate maple body with a deep cherry stain gloss finish Maple neck with a deep cherry stain finish and a U shaped profile that has a comfortable amount of depth to it Rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium/jumbo frets and a 12″ fingerboard radius – Note the Pearloid Neo- Classical Thumbnail inlays High Sensitive Filter Tron humbucking pick-ups 3 way selector switch Master volume pot + volume neck + bridge + master tone pots Bigsby B6CP vibrato with ‘string thru’ loading Gotoh locking tuners Silver Plexi pick guard with the usual Gretsch logo G arrow control knobs Rocking bar bridge on a rosewood base – Note this is now pinned, so as to always remain in the same place as and when you change strings
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Pete Townshend, Malcolm Young and Joe Strummer have all played a Gretsch in a more rock based environment, but for many it is more about playing a Gretsch Guitar in a pop, country or rock n roll environment – As such many will favour a clean amp setting or a far more subtle overdriven amp setting – Either way the tone is very transparent and full with the ability to me more chilled on the neck pick-up setting – Or indeed more bite and cutting on the bridge pick-up – In many ways there is a Gretsch sound, but it is not a one trick pony – For some guitar players a G6119T might be the only guitar you’ll play – For others, then such a guitar can’t fail to add something different to a collection – I’ve played enough vintage based Tennessean models over the years, that might possess some mojo and character, but tend to be ‘not user friendly’ regarding how the feel/play – A Players Edition is far more slick and easy to handle, not just for chord work, but equally for slick licks ‘n’ tricks
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