Based on the 1962 Country Gentleman as used by George Harrison, the 6122 1962 model faithfully captures captures that Fab 4 vibe.
Technically called a Country Classic II 1962, these are great quality guitars. The hollow body is made of laminated maple and is sealed with no F holes for better feedback resistance. The 3 piece maple neck features a 24.6 inch scale bound ebony fingerboard with the classic thumb print inlays.
Dual High Sensitive Filtertron pickups are hooked to the unique tone circuit for classic Gretsch tone options. A floating bar bridge offers sustain while the V cut Bigsby vibrato dishes out retro effects. Grover Imperial tuners add a fancy art deco touch. The finish is a deep brown and is set off by multiple bindings and gold hardware.
- 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
- Gold-plated metal parts
- Solid brass control knobs, gold-plated
- Deluxe high-gear-ratio enclosed machines
- Zero fret
- Bar bridge
- Gretsch Bigsby flat handle vibrato tailpiece
- Walnut stain finish, hand-polished
Ever since George Harrison played his Country Gentleman, which was the pre-cursor to this Country Classic reissue, on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, this particular model has been one of the most popular Gretsch guitars ever made.
Like most modern Gretsch guitars, this one feels and sounds great. Some older Country Gents have had questionable neck sets, the ubiquitous binding rot, and less than great playability. The modern era Gretsches are made in the revered Terada factory in Japan, and are a vast improvement in terms of playability, fit and finish, and everything works as it should.
This particular guitar was built in1992, about 10 years before Fender took over Gretsch. It is a fine example of high quality Japanese build. It is a solid instrument in excellent condition. It shows some light pick swirl on the guard and a few small marks on the finish, but they’re mighty hard to see. The back pad on this example is very clean and has done its protective job well. The frets show virtually no wear and the neck is super comfortable.
Gretsch guitars have had a real resurgence in popularity in recent years. For good reason too. Their reissues are extremely well made and capture the look and vibe of the originals without the huge vintage price tag.
Comes in Gretsch hard case in excellent condition.