Here is a vintage 1964 Gretsch Chet Atkins “Tennessean” 6119 electric hollowbody guitar. This particular example, serial number 72038, is in mint, 100% all original, condition and includes the original hard shell case! Sharing identical features as the ’62/’63 version made famous by George Harrison of The Beatles, this incredibly attractive guitar remains one of Gretsch’s most under-rated and highest-valued vintage models. For those whom consider themselves connoisseurs of condition, this is the perfect specimen, as this true closet classic exhibits absolutely zero playing wear.
This ’64 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean 6119 features: bound maple top, maple back and sides, the original rich cherry finish, 2-piece mahogany neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with thumbnail inlays, headstock veneer, (2) HiLo’Tron pickups, zero fret, large bar bridge, Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece, chrome G-Arrow knobs, painted white-border F-holes, and the original hard shell case.
This incredibly fine example weighs just over 7 pounds (7 lbs. 2 oz.) and, aside from being in pristine condition, is actually one of the best playing and sounding examples we have had the pleasure of offering for sale. This vintage original is far superior to the expensive made in Japan reissues.
The action/playability, neck angle, neck profile are all fantastic. Recently professionally setup with .010-.42 gauge strings, this particular Tennessean is amazingly alive with character and full of inspiration. This is one of those special guitars that prompts continuous creative playing and is conducive to effortless and smooth control. The HiLo-Tron pickups sound fantastic and easily deliver the dynamic and lively tone that originally attracted Harrison and many others to this model over 50 years ago.
This example would easily be considered to be in perfect condition if it weren’t for two extremely small cosmetic defects: 1) there is one, just one, ding on the front of the guitar by the pickguard, and 2) natural aging has created weather-checking in headstock veneer only. Otherwise, the finish is in near perfect shape, with no weather-checking, no fading, no shrinkage, etc. Even the binding which is notorious for crystallizing, cracking, and crumbling, is in extremely intact shape.