Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119 1962HT Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (2005)

Gretsch  Tennessee Rose G6119 1962HT Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (2005)
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Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119 1962HT Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (2005), made in Japan, serial # JT05052450, burgundy lacquer finish, laminated maple body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This guitar is a very nice Terada-made Gretsch re-issue of one of the company's 1960s classics, the PX-6119 Tennessean. In 2005 the company did not have the license to use Chet Atkins' name or trademarks, so the guitar is marked "Tennessee Rose" instead of the original name, but is otherwise faithful to the original. There are some minor changes, but most features are close repros of the c.1963 spec. The openback tuners are not any particular authentic style and the name printed on the pickguard is of course different, but overall this is a nice representation of the original.

The Tennessean in any form has long been one of Gretsch's most popular classic models. Although originally the least expensive instrument in the Chet Atkins signature line, the Tennessean was still a relatively upscale guitar. It is fitted with a "Gretsch by Bigsby" vibrato and two single-coil Hi-lo'tron pickups. In the 1960s the 6119 was the only single-cutaway guitar in the Atkins line, the Country Gentleman and 6120 having become double-cutaways at the time.

Many 1960s artists made extensive use of this 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 recorded extensively in 1963-4 with an early Tennessean. The Animals' Hilton Valentine recorded all the band's early material including "House of the Rising Sun" with this model. The sound is brighter than many other similar Gretsch models, due to the combination of single-coil pickups and thin body, but with plenty of depth when required. This is a great-playing and fine-sounding re-issue of this classic 1960s Gretsch with a peerless beat group pedigree!
 
Overall length is 42 in. (106.7 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 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.).

This guitar is all original and very clean overall with just some minor playwear. There are small scratches and scuffs here and there but no repairs or alterations and the guitar plays and sounds great; a very nice re-creation of the original. Excellent + Condition.