Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean 6119

Introduced 1958

1959

1959

1961

1962

1963

1964

1967

1970

1971

1972-1980

Body dimensions and features

16” wide, although most examples vary between 15 5/8” and 15 7/8”, 2 5/8” deep, open f-holes

2 ¼” deep, painted-on f-holes with no white border

2” deep, thinner painted-on f-holes

White outline around painted-on f-holes

Open f-holes

Pickups

Single Filtertron, bridge position

Two HiLoTron pickups

Controls

Master volume, pickup selector switch

Master volume, individual pickup volumes, pickup selector, tone switch

Standby switch added

Hardware

Metal bar bridge ½” diameter, Bigsby vibrato, metal tuner buttons

Gretsch Bigsby vibrato

Plastic tuner buttons

Metal tuner buttons

Metal bar bridge 3/8” diameter, aluminum knobs

Adjustomatic bridge

Binding and finish

Double-bound top, single-bound back, unbound ebony fretboard pearl thumbprint inlay, cherry finish

Unbound back, single-bound rosewood fretboard, “dark cherry” walnut finish

Mahogany finish, redder than ‘61

Pearloid thumbprint inlays

Walnut top finish, mahogany back and sides finish

Uniform dark-stain finish on top, back and sides

Dark cherry stain finish

Other features

Black pickguard with white signature signpost and Gretsch logo

Zero fret

Gray pickguard with Gretsch logo only, no zero fret

Chet Atkins logo added to pickguard, zero fret

Padded back only in 1963

Nameplate on headstock

Renumbered model 7655

No nameplate

 

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