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Gretsch Guitars G6122-1962 Country Classic Electric Guitar   

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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.

 
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!

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