Gretsch PX-6192 Country Club Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965)
Gretsch PX-6192 Country Club Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Brooklyn, NY, serial # 81915, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body and neck, ebony fingerboard, original grey hard shell case. Item # 7246
A good player's example of a mid-1960's Gretsch Country Club, the period when the company returned this model to its 1950's jazz guitar roots after a few years as a thin-rimmed instrument. With a full-depth 2 3/4' body this guitar is more reminiscent of the original 1950's Country Clubs more than it is of most 1960's Gretsch models. This Club has the typical Gretsch appointments: two Filter'tron pickups, Grover Imperial tuners with "Kidney" shaped buttons, "G-arrow" knobs, the "Space Control" bridge, without the mute or other gadgetry that cluttered up many of the company's other high-end models. This is still quite a fancy guitar-all edges are multibound, all metal hardware is gold plated and the ebony fingerboard has the half-moon "Neo-Classic" inlays. This is a super classy Gretsch, and a great guitar for Rockabilly, early Rock&Roll stylings, Vintage Country or even Jazz (Ask Al Caiola!).
Overall length is 43 1/4 in. (109.9 cm.), 17 in. (43.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This Gretsch has some wear and repair but remains a very fine playing guitar. The hardware is all original and in good condition. The top and back have been expertly rebound with the proper celluloid (so there's no worry it will go south any time soon!) but a less-than-perfect clear overspray was added at the time that has left some areas of the top and sides a bit pockmarked. This is not particularly conspicuous but it visible on close inspection. There is a large area of belt buckle wear to the back and a smaller area of finish worn clearly off the top by the bass F-hole. There is also a grinning Devil's head decal in the same region. The neck pickup ring is missing the section under the fingerboard extension and the pickguard has a couple of small stress cracks. This guitar has an excellent neck angle, good frets and plays extremely well-perhaps not the ultimate jazzer's Gretsch any more but a lovely gigging example, complete with the OHSC. Very Good + Condition.
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