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Gretsch Archtop Guitars -  A brief history and popular models

Many Gretsch guitars are collectible and in our opinion they have a high "coolness" factor.  We prefer Gretsch archtops.  Gretsch was founded by Fred Gretsch in New York in 1883.  Gretsch acoustic guitars first appeared in 1930's The first successful post war Gretsch was the Electromatic Spanish guitar in 1949.  This was a revival of an earlier pre-war electric sold by Gretsch buy actually made by Kay.  In 1953 Gretsch released their first solidbody single cut electric, the Duo Jet. In 1954 and 1955 several more electric models were released including the country oriented Round up. Around 1954, Gretsch followed Gibson's Lead (Les Paul) by signing Chet Atkins, a well know artist to endorse Gretsch guitars.  The Gretsch semi-hollow body Chet Atkins model 6120 was the first in a series of Chet Atkins inspired guitars. 1955 saw the arrival of the White Falcon, their high end electric.  The guitar featured gold plated metal work, deluxe grover imperial tuners and a newly designed tailpiece.  The 6122 or "Country Gentlemen", a 2 pickup archtop was launched in 1957.  Some Gretsch body designs changed to a smooth double cut look in the early 60's.  Gretsch continued to introduce new guitars in the 60's some of which are below.  In 1967 Gretsch was sold to Baldwin and remained a Baldwin company until approximately 1985 when it was taken private by the Gretsch family once again.  Gretsch continues to manufacture a wide range of guitars preferred by rockabilly and county artists.

Gretsch 6120

The Gretsch 6120

This 1958 model 6120 included Filtertron humbucking pickups.  Previous fingerboards were Brazilian Rosewood however in 1958 they were changed to Ebony. Two switches were located on the top, Tone and Pickup Selection.  There were also two knobs for pickup volume and one master volume know. The 6120 went to a double cut body style in 1962.


A Gretsch 6120 Guitar

gretsch 6117 double anniversary chet atkins archtop

The Gretsch Double Anniversary 6117


A 1960 Gretsch 6117

The Chet Atkins Nashville

In 1964 the Chet Atkins was renamed the Chet Atkins Nashville.  Note that this is a later guitar which has the post 1961 double cut body.  The Nashville was discontinued in 1980.


This is a 1969 Chet Atkins Nashville 6120
awesome gretsch roundup, original 1955 guitar

1955 Gretsch Roundup

The Gretsch Roundup was first produced in 1955 and featured as was a single cutaway body which was available in Amber Red, Orange, or Mahogany Brown. It utilized 2 DeArmond single coil pickups and had a "Belt Buckle" shaped tailpiece. A "G" was also branded into top top. The roundup was discontinued in 1960.

1955 Gretsch Roundup
gretsch tennessean
This is 1964 Gretsch Tennessean

The Gretsch Tennessean

The Tennessean model 6119 debuted in 1958 as a single pickup guitar.  In 1961 a second pickup was added however unlike the 6120 the 6119 retained a single cut body although the body thickness was slimmed down by about 1/2". The last year of production was 1980.

Gretsch players include Brian Setzser, Keith Scott, The Monkees, Chet Atkins, George Harrison

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The best years were 1957, 1958, 1959.  Second best years were 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963.  The 60's, 70's and 80's were only so so.    Used guitars for sale here !    1964, 1965 and 1966 were also pretty good but 1967, 1968 and 1969 were not as good.                     

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