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Identify this vintage guitar [Gretsch country gentleman]

Identify this vintage guitar [Gretsch country gentleman]
« on: June 13, 2011, 11:01:59 PM »
Hey there. My father is turning 65 this year and I was thinking about getting him a vintage guitar he used to play back in his 20's for his birthday.

I dont know much about guitars let alone how to tell who makes it by the way it looks. According to this picture it seems to be some sort of hollow body electric guitar. It looks alot like the kind from those days however I dont have the complete picture

It looks like it has a silver wammy bar of some sort, and some knobs and switches at the upper fin things.

If ANYONE can help out I would be in your debt and very appreciative. If you could narrow it down  for me thank you thank you..

In the attached picture its the far right guitar facing the camera.

Identify this vintage guitar [Gretsch country gentleman]
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2011, 05:26:02 PM »
It looks to me as if it's a Gretsch Chet Atkins model, a 6120 or Country Gentleman, dating from the mid-60s. Expect to pay $3-4k for one in good condition. Your dad will love you even more if you give him a birthday present like that. :-D
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2011, 06:40:54 PM »
Yeah, these are not cheap guitars. Nice idea, but perhaps you should get the picture printed nicely and framed instead...

Do you know what happened to his original guitar? sold? stolen?
1968 Gibson SG Special
1979 Gibson ES175D
2005 Fender Telecaster

Identify this vintage guitar [Gretsch country gentleman]
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2011, 11:42:20 PM »
That's a Gretsch- possibly a 6120 or a Tenessean- someone will know! Not cheap, but there are reissues that are meant to be better made (with prices to match...)

Identify this vintage guitar [Gretsch country gentleman]
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2011, 04:42:40 PM »
World of thanks guys, yeah, i looked it up and it does look precisely like a 6120. Though I have to find the right year..

One thing I've noticed is the bottom bar thing, thats slightly angled. is close to the pickups on this one, others  show that thing closer to the bottom of the guitar.

I atleast have something to go on... thanks again!!

Identify this vintage guitar [Gretsch country gentleman]
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2011, 10:32:31 PM »
I think those bridges had a mute that was positioned behind the pickup. They are are usually missing these days as players took them off (them being useless!):-D


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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2011, 09:56:40 PM »
And I thought my HD-28 was a Cannon!  Bluegrass players would be envious!


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