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Gretsch guitar Gretsch is a musical instrument manufacturer currently being distributed by Fender and Kaman. It is known primarily for drums and electric guitars such as the White Falcon and Duo Jet. Gretsch was founded in 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch, a young German immigrant. His Brooklyn shop was made for the manufacture of banjos, tambourines, and drums. In 1895, at the age of 39, Gretsch died, and the successful company was taken over by his son Fred. By 1916, Fred had moved the company into a larger 10-story building in the Williamsburg district, becoming one of the most prominent American musical instrument makers.

Players and collectors of vintage guitars feel that Gretsch's best years started in the mid 1950s, after Fred's son Fred Jr. had taken the reins. It was during this time the company introduced several distinctive models, including the 6120 Nashville, the Duo Jet chambered solidbody, the Country Club, and the White Falcon.

However, the single biggest contribution to Gretsch's success was the addition of Chet Atkins as an endorser. Atkins was one of the pre-eminent guitarists of his day, and his endorsement gave Gretsch greater visibility in competition with Gibson and Les Paul. Gretsch ultimately sold thousands of guitars with Chet's name on the pickguard, most notably the 6120 Chet Atkins model, one of which was purchased in 1957 by a young guitar player named Duane Eddy. The worldwide success of Duane's twangy instrumental records, television appearances, and extensive touring helped expose the Gretsch guitar to a huge new market, that of the teenage rock and roll fan. George Harrison, years later, was to refer to this model as 'the Eddie Cochran/Duane Eddy guitar'.

Many rockabilly players had followed in the footsteps of Eddie Cochran, who also wielded a 6120 (though modified with a Gibson P-90 pickup in the neck position) and Gene Vincent's guitarist Cliff Gallup, who played a Duo Jet. Elvis Presley himself later owned a Gretsch Country Gentleman - (recently manufactured as Gretsch Country Classic but now renamed Chet Atkins Country Gentleman), playing it briefly both on stage and in the studio. Gretsch quickly became a legitimate competitor to both Gibson and its main rivals, Fender and Rickenbacker. Gretsch fortunes rose yet again in the early 60's when George Harrison played a Gretsch Country Gentleman on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The British Invasion brought with it, in addition to an extensive use of Rickenbackers, further popularity to Gretsch models. In addition to the Beatles, Brian O'Hara of the Fourmost extensively used a Country Gentleman. The Animals' Hilton Valentine played a Tennessean on the classic "House of the Rising Sun." Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones used a 1963 model 6118 Double Anniversary from late 1963 to mid 1964, used on the Stones' version of "I Wanna Be Your Man" as well as the Rolling Stones' first album as well as a few tracks on 12 X 5, notably "It's All Over Now." Gerry Marsden from Gerry and the Pacemakers can also be seen using a Gretsch guitar.

Beginning in 1966, Gretsch had weekly television exposure when the company supplied the guitars and drums for The Monkees, extending the demand for guitars. Both Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground used a Gretsch Country Gentleman during the bands' lifetime, as did Stone Roses guitarist John Squire. As the sixties waned into the seventies, Gretschs were seen in the hands of Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Pete Townshend of the Who also used an orange Gretsch 6120 (given to him by Chet Atkins) on their 1971 Who's Next album, including their hit "Bargain."

Guitars

12-String Electric Archtop (6075/6076)
12-String Flat Top (6020)
Anniversary (6124/6125)
Aniversary (6117/6118)
Astro-Jet (6126)
Atkins Axe (7685/7686)
Atkins Super Axe (7680/7681)
Bikini (6023/6024/6025)
Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird (G6199)
Black Flacon (6136BK/TBK/DSBK)
Black Falcon (7593BK/7394BK)
Black Hawk (6100/6101)
Black Penguin (G6134B)
Bo Diddley (G1810/G5810)
Bo Diddley (G6138)
Brian Setzer Hot Rod (6120SHx)
Brian Setzer Nashville
Broadkaster Hollowbody
Broadkaster Solidbody
BST 1000 Beast
BST 2000 Beast
BST 5000 Beast
Burl Ives (6004)
Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
Chet Atkins Country Gentleman (6122-1958)
Chet Atkins Country Gentleman (6122-1962)
Chet Atkins Hollowbody (6120)
Chet Atkins Junior
Chet Atkins Nashville (6120/766)
Chet Atkins Solidbody (6121)
Chet Atkins Tennessean (6119/7655)
Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose (G6119-1959/1962)
Clipper (6185-7/7555)
Committee (7628)
Constellation
Convertible (6199)
Corsair
Corvette Hollowbody
Corvette Solidbody
Country Classic I/II (6122 Reissue)
Country Classic II Custom Edition (6122)
Country Club
Country Club 1955 (6196-1955)
Country Roc (7620)
Custom (6117)
Deluxe Chet (7680/7681)
Deluxe Flat-Top (7535)
Double Anniversary
Duane Eddy (6210DE)
Duo-Jet (6128)
Duo-Jet Reissue (6128/6128T)
Duo-Jet Tenor
Eldorado (6040/6041)
Eldorado (6038/6039)
Electro Classic (6006/6495)
Electro Cutaway (6192/6193)
Electromatic Spanish (6185/6185N)
Fleetwood (6038/6039)
Folk/Folk Singing (6003/7505/7506)
Golden Classic (Hauser Model/Model 6000)
Grand Concert (6003)
Guitar-Banjo
Jet 21
Jet Firebird (6131)
Jet Firebird Reissue (6131/6131T)
Jimmie Rodgers (6003)
Jumbo Synchromatic (125F)
Model 25
Model 30
Model 35
Model 40 Hawaiian
Model 50/50R
Model 65
MOdel 75 Tenor
Model 6003
Monkees
New Yorker
Ozark/Ozark Soft String (6005)
Princess (6106)
Rally (6104/6105)
Rambler (6115)
Rancher
Roc I/Roc II (7635/7621)
Roc Jet
Round-Up (6130)
Round-Up Reissue (6121/6121W)
Sal Fabraio (6117)
Sal Salvador (6199)
Sho Bro
Silver Classic (Hauser Model/Model 6001)
Silver Falcon (6136SL)
Silver Falcon (7594SL)
Silver Jet (6129)
Silver Jet 1957 Reissue (6129-1957)
Songbird (Sam Goody 711)
Southern Belle (7176)
Sparkle Jet (6129)
Streamliner Single Cutaway (6189/6190/6191)
Streamliner Double Cutaway (6102/6103)
Sun Valley (6010/7515/7514)
Super Chet (7690-7691)
Supreme (7545)
Synchromatic (6030/6031/6038/6039)
Synchromatic 75
Synchromatic 100 (6014/6015)
Synchromatic 160 (6028/6029)
Synchromatic 200
Synchromatic 300
Synchromatic 400
Synchromatic 400F/6042
Synchromatic Limited (450/450M)
Synchromatic Sierra
Synchromatic X75F
TK-300 (7624/7625)
Town and Country (6021)
Traveling Wilburys (TW300T)
Van Eps 6-String (6081/6082)
Van Eps 7-String (6079/6080)
Viking (6187//6188/6189)
Wayfarer Jumbo (6008)
White Falcon Mono (6136/7595)
White Falcon Stereo (6137/7595)
White Falcon (6136)
White Falcon (7593)
White Falcon (7594)
White Falcon Custom USA (6136-1955)
White Falcon (6136T-LTV)
White Penguin (6134)
White Penguin (G6134)

Bass Guitars

Broadkaster Bass (7605/7606)
Committee Bass (7629)
G6072 Long Scale Hollow Body Bass
Model 6070/6072 Bass
Model 6071/6073 Bass
Model 7615 Bass
TK 300 Bass (7626/7627)

Amplifiers

Artist Amp
Broadkaster Mini Lead 50 Amp
Electromatic Amp
Electromatic Artist Amp (6155)
Model 6150 Compact Amp
Model 6151 Electromatic Standard/Compact Tremolo Amp
Model 6152 Compact Tremolo Reverb Amp
Model 6153T White Princess Amp
Model 6154 Super-Bass Amp
Model 6156 Playboy Amp
Model 6157 Super Bass (Piggyback) Amp
Model 6159 Dual Bass Amp
Model 6160 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Amp
Model 6161 Dual Twin Tremolo Amp
Model 6161 Electromatic Twin Amp
Model 6162 Dual Twin Tremolo/Reverb Amp
Model 6163 Chet Atkins (Piggyback) Amp
Model 6163 Executive Amp
Model 6164 Variety Amp
Model 6165 Variety Plus Amp
Model 6166 Fury Combo Amp
Model 6169 Electromatic Twin Western Finish Amp
Model 6169 Fury (Piggyback) Amp
Model 6170 Pro Bass Amp
MOdel 7154 Nashville Amp
Model 7155 Tornado PA System Amp
Model 7517 Rogue Amp
Model G6156 Playboy Amp
Model G6163 Executive Amp
Rex Royal Amp Model M-197-3V

Effects

Controfuzz
Deluxe Reverb Unit Model 6149
Expandafuzz
Reverb Unit Model 6144 Preamp Reverb
Tremofect