Dating gretsch tennessean
In ’78, Baldwin took over again and the following year bought Kustom from Bud Ross, moving Gretsch offices to Kansas.
By 1980, the decision was made to end Gretsch guitar production and leftover stock was sold into ’81. Fred Gretsch III purchased the company back and, after some false starts, introduced some reissue Gretsch classics made in Japan circa 1990. This particular Nashville represents one of the last of the great American-made Gretsch guitars.
Eventually, Atkins and Gretsch reached an accord, and the following year the single-cutaway Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body debuted.
The first Chet Atkins models had single-coil De Armond pickups, replaced by humbucking Filter ‘Trons in 1958.
Son of a grocer, he took a job with Albert Houdlett & Son, a drum and banjo manufacturer.With the move, Gretsch began to incorporate a number of Burns features, most notably the Burns heel “gear box” truss rod adjustment.One of the guitars that got this makeover was the Atkins Hollow Body, which in ’67 was renamed the Chet Atkins Nashville 6120. The one shown here has serial number 122058, dating it to December of ’72.It was probably built in Booneville, although some or all of its components could have been made in Brooklyn and finished in Arkansas.With a 21/2″ depth, this guitar is a medium-body hollowbody.