1963 Gretsch 6119 Tennessean

This is a vintage 1963 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean electric guitar. Features of this instrument include a mahogany single cutaway hollow body construction with a 2-piece mahogany neck with a bound rosewood fingerboard, Zero-fret, and pearloid Neo-Classic inlays, (2) HiLoTron pickups, an ebony/chrome adjustable bridge, silver guard, original Waverly tuning machines, and a Bigsby V-cutout B-6 vibrato tailpiece.

This particular example is in very good playing and working condition, and good vintage cosmetic condition showing few signs of age and use. The most obvious and notable cosmetic flaws on this guitar are some wear and oxidation on the left side of the pickups, playing wear on the Bigsby, and some very light finish scratches on the back consistent with buckle rash. There is some expected oxidation on the Bigsby, but this is purely cosmetic, and in our opinion adds to the vintage appeal of the instrument. All things considered, this instrument is in good shape: there is beautiful weather checking throughout, and no major dings, scratches, or any other flaws that would be overly distracting or unexpected on a vintage example like this one. Functionally, this guitar is fantastic.

An interesting thing that makes this guitar unique are the plastic buttons on the original Waverly tuners, and the silver guard that strangely doesn’t bear Chet Atkins’ signature. The neck is dead straight, but can be adjusted to suit your personal taste, but when we took the guitar for a spin we found the action to be quite comfortable all the way up and down the fretboard. There is some expected fretwear but nothing that gets in the way of the smooth playing of the guitar. The pickups sound beautiful – rich and warm with clear definition on both high and low frequencies, and all of the pots and switches work famously without any scratching or popping. Overall, this guitar is beautiful to look at and play, and would make a fantastic addition to any player’s arsenal or Gretsch enthusiasts collection.