Gretsch G6119 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose (Deep Cherry Stain) Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
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from Louisville, KY
August 1, 2009Music Background:
Hobbyist, part time gigging musician, eternal student
Gretsch Tennessee RoseGreat guitar for rockabilly, country, or rock. The Tennessee Rose is a well made instrument. The finish is excellent and all hardware is top notch. The stock filtertrons have that great Gretsch sound. The neck pickup is very full and jazzy but not at all muddy. The bridge is very bright and twangy almost approaching Telecaster territory and the middle position is a great sound on it's own. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a great hollowbody.
Michael P. O'Neill
from Berkshire County Massachusetts
December 26, 2012Music Background:
Gretsch G6119 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose (Deep Cherry Stain)This was my first Sweetwater purchase. Since the guitar was back ordered I just clicked on the send me an email notification when the guitar arrives. Over the past I have tried many different Gretsch guitars to see what I might like best ( they do make a lot of them). I kept coming back to the TN Rose G6119, even after trying a few 6120. Saleman Dennis Konicki called me and said he had two of them in. They had pictures ready for me to view and I placed my order with him on the phone. The guitar arrived in 3 days, on a Saturday to boot.
It is a sweet looking axe and it took me a few days of playing to bond with it. The Bigsby is wonderful and stays in tune. You caress a Bigsby, so it's not a Floyd Rose. The set up was very nice. I might have the string slots on the nut lowered a bit, to my taste, but all in all it's fine. The neck feels a bit like my 62 Tele RI.
The High Sensitive FilteríTrons are very nice, and fit somewhere in between a P90 and a tele. After playing many The TV Jonesģ Classics have a slight more output, but if you run the FilteríTrons tone and volume controls full tilt you pretty much nail that classic Brian Setzer vibe. This guitar has a tone knob and not the 3 way tone switch that is seen on many 6120.
I personally like silver/nickle hardware better than gold plated hardware. My criteria on the Gretsch was nickle/chrome hardware, no zero fret and picks up that were versatile , but nailed that classic Gretsch tone. This one fit the bill.
I was thinking, before the purchase, this might be my one and only Gretsch guitar, so I'd better pick a good one I'm gonna be happy with for a long time to come. Might do a Pro Jet, or a Duo Jet down the road. Don't tell Dennis or my wife.
I'd give the guitar a 5 star rating, but after 35 years of playing. I'm not blown away by any one single piece of gear. However I'll give Sweetwater a 5 star rating and the TN Rose G6119 a solid 4.5 plus.