Earl's Guitars

BIG RED - 1997 Gretsch Tennessee Rose (Model 6119)

I bought this guitar a couple of years ago to replace the '66 Tennessean I had stolen out of a friend's car back in 1981. It turns out that this is a much better built guitar and has become my favorite for onstage blues performance. It is constructed of maple laminate and weighs a ton, but the large size distributes the weight across my chest making it no problem to strap it on and play it all evening. The f-holes are real and bound, which is different then my old Gretsch. The peghead (seen at the top of the page) is unadorned except for the logo, which is inlaid mother-of-pearl. It is also about an inch deeper and stays in tune when I use the whammy bar! It is based on a 1950's Chet Atkins Hollowbody model, although the Hollowbody didn't have the Filtron pickups and were mostly orange in color unless you bought one custom. It is really a fine instrument with an amazing variety of tone variations possible by using the two volume, tone, selector switch and master volume. One thing I always liked about Gretsch guitars is the master volume feature (that's the one on the cutaway) - it allows you to adjust the tone and then adjust the overall volume separately. Here's the back.

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