Okay, so this is not an exact DNA replica of the early/mid 60’s Chet Atkins Tennessean, as used by George Harrison, but it certainly reflects the vibe and style of 60’s pop – This used Gretsch G6119TR Tennessee Rose, from 2005, is factory fitted with the Gretsch Filter Tron humbuckers – The original George Harrison guitar would have been fitted with a pair of the Gretsch HiLo Tron pickups – Sure, you can buy an original vintage Gretsch and acquire all the nostalgia that goes with it, but then you have all the various temperamental issues to worry about, including a mediocre playing performance that is found on many old examples – At least with a replica, you can just play it – Since Fender acquired the Gretsch brand, back in 2003, the quality has risen dramatically – They have retained the whole history and integrity, but now offer a superior and consistent build quality, coupled with that all important improvement to the playing performance – So if you need any further ‘help’ then ‘get back’ in touch with me, or if you wish to buy it mail order, then I can send it ‘from me to you’ (no more puns from now on)
The guitar is in very good condition, especially when you remember it is now 15 years old – You’ll find a slight graze on the rim, near the jack socket, otherwise nothing negative to report regarding grazes, dings or dints – Frets are clean – Complete with a strong modern Hiscox case The G6119TR is now known as the Tennessee Rose, yet still retains all the correct spec and features – I believe it was around 2007 that it was re-named the Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose (all down to legal intellectual property rights) :- weighs in at only 7lbs and 11oz 2.5″ deep laminated maple body that includes an arched top – burgundy stain gloss finish Traditional 16″ hollow body with bound f holes 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard – dark + smooth grain pattern Unique neoclassical style thumbnail inlays 12″ fingerboard radius plus a 25.5″ scale length 43mm top nut width (1 11/16″) 3 piece maple neck Silver plexi pickguard embossed with ‘Tennessee Rose’ and Gretsch logo Grover kidney tuners Gretsch/Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece Rosewood bridge base with ABR style tune-o-matic bridge – As mentioned earlier the guitar is fitted with a pair of Filter Trons, whilst the controls are as follows, 3 way pick-up selector switch, master volume control (upper bout near cutaway) , Volume control neck + volume control bridge + master tone pot
I love some of the idiosyncratic features of a Gretsch Guitar like the G brand logo on the control knobs, the knurled strap knobs, the Filter Tron pick-ups and mounting rings – It is features like this that help to make a Gretsch Guitar unique – There are thousands of Strat, Tele and Les Paul models, various copies and derivatives from boutique/custom builders, yet both Rickenbacker and Gretsch have largely remained unique in their shape and style – 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
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 60’s 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 – Gretsch guitars have few equals and playing this guitar for a short while, you simply see why this is so – Just buy it and enjoy it for what it does best
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