Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Mahogany 1964


One of the most iconic Gretsch models, the 6122 Chet Aktins Country Gentleman made its debut in 1957. Between 1957 and 1961, the F-holes on the body varied with some examples using simulated painted-on F-holes, some using simulated inlaid plastic F-holes, and others have actual open F-holes. By 1961, the model switched to a double cutaway and most F-holes were of the painted-on variety.  Like the Epiphone Casino, this guitar's reputation was greatly influenced by its association with the Beatles and specifically George Harrison. 

Years of Production: 
1957 - 1981

Body Style: Archtop hollowbody, double cutaway

Unique to this Year: One pickup changes from Filter'Tron to Super'Tron.

Wood Composition: 
Mahogany body, Maple top, Ebony fingerboard

Design Elements: Simulated F-holes, Bigsby tremolo tailpiece, bar bridge, one Filter'tron pickup, one Super'Tron pickup, thumbprint inlays

Notable Players: George Harrison, Elvis Presley 

Product Specs

  • 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
  • Mahogany
  • 1964
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Body Type
  • Hollow Body
Number of Strings
  • 6 String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed

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Reviews for the Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Mahogany 1964
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  • Verified Purchase

    I have owned and played a number of vintage Gretsch guitars, and the early 60s Tennesean is by far my favorite. In fact, I currently own 2 (both ‘64s), with no plan to part with either. They do require some setup work to be “giggable”.

  • Country Gentleman. 1965.

    Verified Purchase

    This is a wonderful instrument with 53 years in this world before we bought it from Joe. The feel of the fretboard, the stability of the tuners and the confident flexibility of the seasoned Bigsby are inspiring. The tonal options between the switches controlling the two pickups give you a wide ra…