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Gretsch® G6196 Country Club®, Cadillac Green - Sold

First, the history: The Country Club was in many ways Gretsch's most traditional guitar. Although they are not as avidly sought as White Falcons and 6120s, they are also among the company's best. Among Gretsch's first commercially successful electrics, the Country Clubs were directly descended from the 6030 and 6031 of the Synchromatic line, which were in turn directly descended from the pre-war "cat-eye" Synchromatic 300. In other words, the 6192 and 6193 Clubs were 17-inch pedigreed jazz boxes when they were introduced in 1951. They were the largest Gretsch electric models, other than the White Falcon, and the only guitars in the line other than the Falcon to use a spruce top, although spruce is rarely found after '55. The 1955 model year was a major turning point for Gretsch across the guitar range, and in the Country Club line it was the first for the Cadillac Green 6196 and the earlier Synchromatic-style tailpiece was phased out about this time in favor of the common G-cutout style. Starting in 1958 FilterTron pickups replaced DeArmonds, along with other changes corresponding with the rest of the Gretsch range, including the addition of the tone switch in place of the previous knob. Stereo models were also offered, under model numbers 6101, '02 and '03, but they were never popular. The earliest, '58 and '59 stereo models are easily identified by their close-spaced pickups. The "zero fret" became standard in 1960, and the body was thinned to about 1 7/8 inches in 1961, about the same time the stereo wiring was simplified and the pickups moved back to the normal positions. The Clubs never went to the double-cutaway Electrotone body, and the thinner body was a relatively short-lived experiment in the line. By 1964 they had plumped back up to 2 3/4 inches. Even though the body remained a single-cutaway, the Clubs did receive the Gretsch padded-back treatment, along with a standby switch and string mutes. These other additions were also short-lived and long gone by 1964 or '65. Cadillac Green was phased out in 1968, and Baldwin-era changes began. By 1972, the 7576 and 7577 designations had begun, and the Club soldiered on, selling in small numbers, until the factory shutdown in 1981. It was far and away Gretsch's longest lasting model.

And this is what the Gretsch site has to say about the current model: "In 1954, Gretsch shook up the stodgy guitar world of natural and sunburst finishes by introducing a green, Country Club, jazz electric guitar. This bold tie-in to the auto industry was a hint of even more colorful guitars to come. The optional "Cadillac Green" finish when combined with the brilliant gold hardware made this guitar both visually stunning and worthy of being displayed at any art museum. Now, the classic Cadillac Green Gretsch Country Club is back! Features include two brilliant DynaSonic™ single-coil pickups, "G" long tailpiece, adjustable bridge, detailed binding, and enough gold hardware to make Fort Knox envious." Check out the pictures and you will see what a spectacular instrument this is.

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Freight cost (contiguous USA): $35.00

Reference #: 1991

Out of stock.

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Hard-shell case included.