Gretsch 6122 Country Gentleman (1966)

  • AS IS Condition
  • Year: 1966
  • Includes Original Hard Shell Case
  • Serial #: 106577


The great Chet Akins was given the nickname the "Country Gentleman" which went on to become synonymous with a handful of Gretsch guitars. The "6122" might be more recognized by George Harrison, who famously used his during on the Ed Sullivan show. This groundbreaking performance will go down in music history as one of the most important live performances of rock & roll. Needless to say, we are pleased to have this example dating to 1966 noted by its serial number and its pre-Baldwin era serial stamp. 

This guitar comes to us in fairly good condition albeit with the caveat of being sold As-Is - primarily due to the common issue of deteriorating binding. The older binding on many Gretsch instruments has began really wearing out in recent years, as seen on this one, notably at the heel cap, and on the fingerboard. It is missing the original pickguard. More typical wear is present, but not impeding the playability, including some surface scratches and checking. Overall the neck is in good shape with clean, leveled frets and an overall nice rosewood fingerboard that has some wear at the cowboy chord zone. The all matched Gold hardware is in good functional shape with expected tarnish (see photos). Original Grovers are present and function as they should. The original mute is present and its foam has hardened as these typically do, impeding its ability, which could be addressed by the next owner. While we can do this repair work in house, it is a bit of an expense, which could potentially save the next owner some money in the event that they have their own technician or feel they can handle the work themselves. 

 Playability-wise, this instrument plays well with low action and a straight neck (with untouched thumb screws at the bridge). The action currently measures a low 4/64" in height at the twelfth fret of the sixth and first strings. The C profile neck measures a comfortable .84" thick at the first position, and 1" thick at the twelfth. It is currently setup with 10 gauge round wounds. Original Pat. 2892371 Filtertron pickups, this era would more typically have a Supertron pickup in the neck, but these 64-66 era could be considered a variation on the standard 6122's, or it may have been replaced at some point to be this more Harrison like spec. The while belt buckle guard is in good shape, with gold piping that is mostly in tact. 

Comes with the original hardshell case.

Was: $2995.00

Now Only: $2749.00

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