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Gretsch Guitars G6122-1962 Country Classic Electric Guitar

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Descending from the greatest jazz guitars of the 20th century, the Gretsch G6122-1962 Country Classic Electric Guitar combines stellar tone from Filt...Click To Read More About This Product

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24k gold-plated hardware and solid gold tone.

Descending from the greatest jazz guitars of the 20th century, the Gretsch G6122-1962 Country Classic Electric Guitar combines stellar tone from Filter'Tron adjustable pickups and a laminated maple body with astounding visuals provided by 24k gold hardware, ebony fretboard, offset markers, multiple body binding, plus a bound fretboard and headpiece. With 2-1/4" body depth, solid brass gold-plated knobs, deluxe high-ratio tuners, and a gold-plated Bigsby, the Country Classic is definitely the King of Swing. Includes hardshell case.

George Harrison used the Country Classic on the Ed Sullivan shows and on The Beatles' first U.S. tour!

FEATURES
3-piece laminated rock-maple neck
Ebony fingerboard
Adjustable truss rod
25-1/2" scale, joined at 18th fret
Bound headpiece and fingerboard
Headpiece, pearl-inlaid, with 24k gold-plated name plate
Neoclassic position markers
17" wide, 2-1/4" deep
Laminated maple construction
Simulated F-holes
Multiple binding
Double cutaway
Dual high-sensitive Filter'Tron adjustable pickups
Pickup selector switch
Tone switch
Standby switch
Volume control for each pickup
Master volume control
24k gold-plated metal parts
Solid brass control knobs, 24k gold-plated
Deluxe high-gear-ratio enclosed machines
Zero fret
Bar bridge
Gretsch Bigsby flat handle vibrato tailpiece
Walnut stain finish, hand-polished
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4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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Gretsch Guitars G6122-1962 Country Classic Electri

I own two of them. Both made in Japan. Don't knock japanese technology - they do quality work. The newest one was purchased after Fender took over Gretsch. Both have equivalent rich...Read complete review

I own two of them. Both made in Japan. Don't knock japanese technology - they do quality work. The newest one was purchased after Fender took over Gretsch. Both have equivalent rich tones. The first unit had to have a completely new fret job, it had loose tuning screws, and the electric harness had to be replaced. The second unit was flawless. I have tried almost every brand of Gretsch Guitars. I believe the Country Classic has the best electronic arrangment. The tone of this guitar is superb. Personally, I could tell little difference in over all tone in over 10 different Gretches I have evaluated with the filtertron pickups which to me are the best. To tweek the tones to get a mellow vs a more pronounced clear sound when using only the front pup, I found you balance between the master and pup volume to get almost any tone you want. I use a Peavey Classic II, 15 watts to practice and play at low volume and this amplifier really brings out the sweet tone. The Gretsch has a tone of its own. More deep, rich, mellow, sweeter for my type of finger style music. For R & R and Country Rock you can't beat the sound of a Strat or Tele Fender. It all depends on what style you play. However, the Gretsch can really do justice to R&R when using the brige pup or the combination of the two pups. For Chet Atkins style you can't beat the Country Classic for tone, action, and playing ease. The 25.5 length I found has a much tighter string tension than the 24.6. That's my only grip. I get really sore fingers because of the tight string tension but again I use the 0.11 to 0.49 gauge. (D'Addario LX - EXL115W.) Personally, this is the best I have found in the line of Gretsch.

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Great looks/cheap guitar

If you're 'George' in a Beatle Tribute band, this is a must have.If you can actually play guitar worth a darn....You'll need to have it set up, intonated, and get...Read complete review

If you're 'George' in a Beatle Tribute band, this is a must have.If you can actually play guitar worth a darn....You'll need to have it set up, intonated, and get a TV Jones wiring harness and pickups. The electronics (pickups, pots, switches, etc) are absolutely worthless! As a wall-hanger, it's great! As an instrument, consider this a project.If you're into Chet Atkins, I would recommend something else - this will disappoint you

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gretsch Guitars G6122-1962 Country Classic Electri

By Frank Ebert

from Minnesota

I own two of them. Both made in Japan. Don't knock japanese technology - they do quality work. The newest one was purchased after Fender took over Gretsch. Both have equivalent rich tones. The first unit had to have a completely new fret job, it had loose tuning screws, and the electric harness had to be replaced. The second unit was flawless. I have tried almost every brand of Gretsch Guitars. I believe the Country Classic has the best electronic arrangment. The tone of this guitar is superb. Personally, I could tell little difference in over all tone in over 10 different Gretches I have evaluated with the filtertron pickups which to me are the best. To tweek the tones to get a mellow vs a more pronounced clear sound when using only the front pup, I found you balance between the master and pup volume to get almost any tone you want. I use a Peavey Classic II, 15 watts to practice and play at low volume and this amplifier really brings out the sweet tone. The Gretsch has a tone of its own. More deep, rich, mellow, sweeter for my type of finger style music. For R & R and Country Rock you can't beat the sound of a Strat or Tele Fender. It all depends on what style you play. However, the Gretsch can really do justice to R&R when using the brige pup or the combination of the two pups. For Chet Atkins style you can't beat the Country Classic for tone, action, and playing ease. The 25.5 length I found has a much tighter string tension than the 24.6. That's my only grip. I get really sore fingers because of the tight string tension but again I use the 0.11 to 0.49 gauge. (D'Addario LX - EXL115W.) Personally, this is the best I have found in the line of Gretsch.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

makes me sound better than I am

By JohnC

from Toms River, New Jersey

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By far, the best guitar I've ever played or owned. I've been finger-pickin' for about 35 years and I've always been chasing after Chet Atkins' sound. I've purchased other Gretsch guitars that were very close. Then I got the 6122-1962. It became the only guitar I would play. Needless to say, I sold the other guitars. The quality is excellent, much better than the old, original 6122. And the sound is perfect. I play it through a Super Reverb. Clean and solid. I have no idea what anyone could complain about. Buy it and have no regrets. If you're a Chet Atkins fan, this guitar will bring a smile to your face everytime you play it. It will make you sound better than YOU really are as well.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Feel Fine. . . With this guitar

By The Rock Doctor

from Vacaville, CA

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This is a great guitar almost like the G6122SP Special, which is a replica of George Harrison's. Tried this baby through a Fender Super Reverb and it sounded great. If you want that Great Gretsch Sound that George Harrison had, but don't wanna shell out your bank account for the G6122SP Special, then get this baby!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is an extremely well made guitar.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This re-issue is made as well as the original and there has been a lot of attention paid to the detail, quality, and workmanship that has gone into this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't play beatles without this one

By Riggsvilleguitarguy

from woods of Arkansaw

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I was surprised in a couple of areas on this guitar but being new to Gretsch guitars in general ( I've only played two others in my whole life) maybe shouldn't have been so surprised afterall. Firstly, I was astounded at how light this guitar is, owing to its truly hollow body (no body blocks inside) and it also contributes to a very good vibe unplugged. I was disappointed to learn after having received mine that all of the Professional series Gretsches are made in Japan, with only the custom shop models being made in USA. I beleive that an instrument of this price range should be advertised as being made in Japan rather than find out after the money is spent. Not to detract from Japanese guitars, as most I have seen are great. But after hearing the horror stories of the 60's and 70's Gretches all being plagued with loose binding issues, I am confident that these new guitars are better in quality than the 60's-70's american made guitars. The quality of mine is top shelf. Fit, finish, set up, all good. Fret ends have a very slight sharp feel to them that needs to be addressed.If you play Beatles music, this guitar is a must.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finger-Style Blues

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Great guitar. Best tone of any guitar that I have played or owned. Incredible action. I replaced the bridge with a fixed one. I personally did not like the floating bridge. I did not want to pin it so I had a bridge set on the original bridge plate. Works incredibly well.I have always been an "American Made" guy, and still am in most instances. But, this guitar rivals any I have any experience with. It is that good.

 
5.0

Long time coming

By Dean Richards

from lafayette, CA

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If you play jazz,finger picking or rock/country,then this is one slick ax.Oh yea George and the boy's 1964,I'm there to but after 47 gretsch's I found the one that is made well and play's well with the tone that is Great as In that "great gretsch sound".It's like I was able to go back and be the guy who got that new Beatleguitar,in feb 10th 1964. too cool.It rocks as well. Never stop playing..

 
4.0

Real piece of Rock history

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This wounderful guitar gets a lot of credit for being a George Harrison/Beatles guitar because George was a HUGE chet Atkins fan and wanted that twangy country/jazz sound like Chet. but another intresting note that according to graceland, this model is also the ONLY electric guitar that Elvis Presley owned and played live on stage. so if it's good enough for the King ,it can't be bad.

 
5.0

6122 country classic guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar has to be One of the best out in the field. The tone it has is killer and the workmanship is beyond words. The Gold hardware will knock your eyes when you see it in person. It's sad that everyone seemes to think that this guitar is all about George Harrison. It's really about the greatest all time picker Mr. Chet Atkins. When I play it I get inspired just thinking of all the hot fingerpicking and hot licks that came off this fingerboard from him and George. Buy it you won't beleive your ears and eyes when you see and plug this gem of a guitar in.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great looks/cheap guitar

By rjb4474

from Wisconsin

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If you're 'George' in a Beatle Tribute band, this is a must have.If you can actually play guitar worth a darn....You'll need to have it set up, intonated, and get a TV Jones wiring harness and pickups. The electronics (pickups, pots, switches, etc) are absolutely worthless! As a wall-hanger, it's great! As an instrument, consider this a project.If you're into Chet Atkins, I would recommend something else - this will disappoint you

 
5.0

A Dream Guitar

By Mike D-sSgy_

from Oak Lawn, IL

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I've wanted this guitar since Feb 9th, 1964 when I saw The Beatles on Sullivan. Many, many years and guitars later, I finally was able to get my dream guitar.I was not disappointed. The finish is like glass. The action as comfortable as anything I've ever owned. There is a feeling you get when you hold a guitar like this...you feel like all the years of playing and practicing have paid off. You feel proud. You feel secure. I know I will have years of enjoyment from this guitar. It may not be the best...or the most expensive model...but it's the Gretsch I've always wanted. It is worth every cent!

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Junk

By L. Hamblin

from Cedar City, Utah

I purchased a new Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122 in 1965 and I still have it in new condition it is the best guitar that I have ever played,2 years back I bought another 6122 Classic this guitar turned out to be a piece of Junk made in Japan,very good craftsman but the sound was terrible, it was returned to the dealer, then I purchased a Gibson Country Gentlemen another piece of Junk, maybe someday gretsch will start making their 6122 at home.

 
5.0

Review

By Jmmrock

from Fairport, NY

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If you're looking for the early Beatles sound this baby is the one! I've saved for quite some time to get this ax and it was all worth it, the gold plating is beautiful, the neck super fast and the sound is pure Gretsch, I'm putting away my LP this is my main guitar for blues, the Beatles and everything.

 
5.0

If you can afford a Rolls Royce why drive a Ford

By Dan Nix

from Viginia Beach, VA

My first Gretsch was called The Country Gentleman (1972). Although it was expensive for me, I have never regreted it. I still have it and still gig with it. It's still the best guitar I have ever played; I have many. I have a new Falcon II on order...hmmm.

 
5.0

A blast from the past

By Larry in Seattle

from Seattle, WA

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In 1966 my dad bought me a new Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman for $595. It had the mute switches this guitar doesn't have. I never really liked them though and I'm glad this one left them off. I had that guitar for 15 years and lost it when I was overseas serving Uncle Sam. That was 28 years ago. When this guitar came out I knew it wasn't the original and not even built in the USA but I wanted it for 'sentimental' reasons. After finally buying one and playing it I found this one was better than even the original. The Bigsby stayed in tune this time, the bridge didn't shift down when you played it hard throwing everything out of tune, the pick ups were bright and had a singing tone the originals didn't have, the action was great and the finish was flawless. The gold on this one is 'thicker' and I think will last a lot longer than my last one did. I love this guitar, it's everything my original 66 model wasn't. It has yesterdays looks but today technology so it's the best of both. The Japanese craftsman did a beautiful job in recreating one of the best guitars of all time. I'll pass it down to my kids someday.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First Chet then George and now mine

By Rev.Dr. Robert J. Ramey Jr.

from Bellingham, Washington

I purchased my 6122 Country Classic at my local music store. This is an excellent instrument, I have an original 1962 6122 Chet signature guitar and the older 6120 and this new one is every bit the quality and sound of its seniors but now i have a daily player in this guitar the originals only come out for studio sessions. Just buy one.

 
5.0

Good enough for George Harrison, good enough 4 me

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got this guitar like three weeks ago, but I have wanted one for what seems like years. All the waiting has paid off and I love this guitar so much. I play this guitar through my Vox 120advt amp, and it just sounds perfect. I can play all the Beatles tunes and it just sounds perfect. Words can't really express how good it is. But if it's good enough for George Harrison, then it's great for me.

 
5.0

It's the closest to Mr. George

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Great sound and feel.

 
5.0

An instant classic!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

It's like driving a vintage Cadillac! An instant classic!

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