Dating gretsch tennessean
Other Gretsch Chet Atkins models joined the line, including the Country Gentleman (1957) and the Tennessean (1958).
The original Chet Atkins Hollow Body lasted until ’61. Cincinnati-based Baldwin Pianos and Organs had competed with CBS for Fender, and settled on the English guitar company Burns.
Around 1930 with the rise of big bands, the banjo was gradually replacedby the guitar.
In 1939 the first electric guitar from Gretsch was released,the "Electromatic Line" followed by the archtop model "Synchromatic Line". mainly in the middle of the 1950s many innovative guitars were built, such as the Model 6120 and the "White Falcon".
It was probably built in Booneville, although some or all of its components could have been made in Brooklyn and finished in Arkansas.
By the early 1920s, the company had added guitars to its repertoire, in ’33 it began marketing instruments under its own name, and in ’39 it began making electric guitars.
Company founder Friedrich Gretsch was 16 years old when he immigrated from Mannheim, Germany, to Brooklyn, New York, in 1872.
Son of a grocer, he took a job with Albert Houdlett & Son, a drum and banjo manufacturer.
), while the other is a three-way tone toggle engaging three different capacitors.
Like most Gretsch hollowbodies, this has the internal “sound post” joining the top and back under the pickups to decrease feedback. As long as you’re happy with the switching system, this is a swell rockabilly guitar.