The Gretsch Country Gentleman is an increbly popular guitar that has been a major part of the Gretsch lineup since the late 50's. Made famous by George Harrison and Chet Atkins these guitars are an iconic part of pop, rock and country with a look that is instantly recognisable and a warm tone that defines what we think of as a hollow body tone.
The Modern Gretsch
While a lot of the design and tone are certainly what you would expect from a Gretsch the playability is actually changed to fit the more modern player who may be used to slimmer necks and lower action. Using modern Gretsch 'ML' bracing which works beautifully with the thinner 2.25" body which makes the most of both the front and back pieces for just as strong sustain and projection but in a more compact form.
Gretsch are well known for having made their own style of pickup known as the filtertron. These are humbucking pickups with big covers and open coils that have a bright and open tone similar to what you hear out of classic single coils. Great for any kind of clean or crunch tones these pickups hit a great point between two of the most popular pickups ever created.
The Bigsby is one of the smoothest tremolo systems ever made and has been used by countless artists to create subtle movement in chords and sweet bends. Nothing quite feels like Bigsby tremolo due to the single large spring that creates the movement evenly across all of the strings. If you have loved the sounds of pop and rock throughout the 50's and 60's chances are you have heard plenty of Bigsby playing.
Here's what Gretsch say about the G6122T Players Edition Country Gentleman
Reinvigorated for modern players who demand the pinnacle of performance and tone from their guitar, the Players Edition Country Gentlemen with String-Thru Bigsby is packed with the sound and style that made the original a classic. With updated, performance-oriented features this instrument is destined to become an indispensible part of your guitar collection.
Dual High Sensitive Filter'Tron humbucking pickups grace the laminated maple body, providing pristine high end, glassy midrange, robust low end and balanced harmonics for tone that blends seamlessly with other instruments. The innovative Gretsch "ML" bracing is specifically voiced for the thinner, 2.25" body and produces distinct tone by synchronizing the top and back vibrations for harmonious tone without clashing overtones. The control complement-separate bridge and neck volume controls, three-way pickup switching, No Load master tone and master volume-allows for near-infinite tonal variations. The all-new Gretsch Squeezebox paper-in-oil caps add smooth vintage tone while the treble bleed circuit lets your guitar retain all of its tasty clarity when rolling the volume control down. A 12"-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and striking pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays tops a maple neck with a comfortably familiar standard "U"-shaped profile for fluidly easy playing. Highly expressive, the Bigsby B6GP vibrato tailpiece and pinned "rocking" bar bridge combine with the GraphTech Tusq XL nut for stable tuning. In a uniquely Gretsch touch, the Bigsby tailpiece is now string-through, making it quicker (and easier) to change strings as well as providing increased vibration transfer for enhanced sustain.
A treat for the eyes and ears, this guitar is a highly-tuned music machine-from the shining gold Gotoh die-cast locking tuning machines and gold "G Arrow" control knobs to the F Holes, gloss urethane finish and gold vintage thick plexi pickguard with Gretsch logo. Engineered for today's player who requires the most from their instrument, the Players Edition Country Gentlemen with String-Thru Bigsby updates authentic classic Gretsch style and sound with modern innovations. Includes a deluxe hardshell case.
- Model Name: G6122T Players Edition Country Gentleman with String-Thru Bigsby, Filter'Tron Pickups, Walnut Stain
- Model Number: 2401236892
- Series: Professional Collection
- MSRP: $3599.00
- Color: Walnut Stain
- Body Shape: Country Gentleman
- Bracing: ML Style
- Body Binding: White with B/W/B Purfling
- Body Material: Laminated Maple
- Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
- Body Back: Laminated Maple
- Body Top: Laminated Maple
- Neck Material: Maple
- Neck Shape: Standard "U"
- Neck Binding: White
- Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
- Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
- Number of Frets: 22
- Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
- String Nut: Graph Tech TUSQ XL
- Nut Width: 1.6875" (43mm)
- Neck Plate: NA
- Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Position Inlays: Pearloid Thumbnails
- Bridge Pickup: High Sensitive Filter'Tron
- Neck Pickup: High Sensitive Filter'Tron
- Controls: Volume 1. Neck Pickup, Volume 2. Bridge Pickup, Master Volume
- Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge And Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup, 3-Position Tone Switch
- Pickup Configuration: Filter'Tron / Filter'Tron
- Bridge: Rocking Bar
- Tuning Machines: Gotoh Die-Cast Gold
- Orientation: Right-Hand
- Pickguard: Gold Plexi with Black Gretsch Logo
- Control Knobs: "G" Arrow
- Strings: Nickel Plated Steel .011-.049