Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean Cherry 1959

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Following up on the success of the 6120 Country Gentleman, Gretsch introduced 6119 Tennessean in 1958 as another Chet Atkins endorsed guitar. Upon introduction, the 6119 was somewhat less ornate than the 6120 and included only one Filter 'Tron pickup in the bridge position. Like other Gretsch archtops of this era, the 6119 went through a number of cosmetic and design changes in the late '50s and early '60s. 

Years of Production: 
1958 - 1980

Unique to this Year: Zero fret added as well as Gretsch-Bigsby tremolo late in the year.  

Body Style: Archtop hollowbody, single cutaway

Wood Composition: 
Mahogany body, Maple top, Ebony fingerboard

Design Elements: F-holes, Bigsby tremolo tailpiece, metal bar bridge, Bigsby tremolo, pearl thumbprint inlay

Notable Gretsch Players: Brian Setzer, Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy, George Harrison 


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