Gretsch Resurrects Classic '59 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose

Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessee RoseWorkshopv1 MdHell yes… Gretsch today released full specs on its new G6119-1959 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose––a remake of the stunning red hollowbody that guitar legend Atkins can be seen playing on the cover of his 1961 LP “Chet Atkins’ Workshop.”

Incredibly, the instrument is just one of more that twenty guitars to bear Atkins’ name in Gretsch’s current catalog, and for good reason… Atkins’ nearly career-long partnership with Gretsch led to more than a few of the guitar manufacturer’s best sellers, including the iconic 6120––a mainstay on the thriving rockabilly circuit to this day.

The ’59 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose will feature a fat 2.5” deep laminated maple body decked out in Gretsch’s original “Flagstaff Sunset” finish, 3-piece Maple neck with tapered heel & floating fingerboard extension (24.6″ scale length,) Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl “thumbnail” inlays (12″ radius,) real bone nut,  Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece, and a Rosewwod base “rocking” bridge.

Electronics are expected to include just a single TV Jones Power’Tron pickup at the bridge, single master volume knob, and a master tone switch. Other standout specs include “aged” bindings across the board (looks like Gretsch is moving further into “Relic” territory,) black headstock, adjustable truss rod, nickel plated G-Arrow knobs, and a black pickguard embossed with Atkins’ signature. No word yet on pricing.