Gretsch G6196T-59GE Vintage Select Country Club - Cadillac Green, Bigsby

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple Body, Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and Bigsby Tailpiece - Cadillac Green
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The Gretsch G6196T-59GE Vintage Select Country Club hollowbody electric guitar is equally at home strumming tender ballads as it is cranking out raucous rock 'n' roll. Its arched maple body creates a beautiful open-sounding snap, that blends wonderfully with its vintage-voiced TV Jones Classic pickups. This guitar's comfortable standard U-shaped maple neck is topped with a highly playable ebony fingerboard. The top and back of this guitar are connected with trestle bracing for a distinctively balanced, feedback-free tone. Complete with a Bigsby tailpiece and period-correct specs, owning the Gretsch G6196T-59GE Vintage Select Country Club hollowbody electric guitar is your ticket to vintage Gretsch sound!

Gretsch G6196T-59GE Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Arched maple body provides your tone with excellent definition
  • TV Jones Classic pickups deliver timeless Gretsch tone
  • Three volume controls + one tone switch = exceptional sonic flexibility
  • Bigsby tailpiece yields smooth vibrato action
Arched maple body provides your tone with excellent definition

Maple has to be one of the most lively, bright, and colorful tonewoods out there, which is exactly why Gretsch decided to make their G6196T-59GE Vintage Select Country Club almost entirely out of this wonderful wood. At Sweetwater, we've found that this hollowbody's arched body yields a wonderfully snappy, open tone that, when combined with the dynamic sound of its TV Jones Classic pickups, cuts through a dense mix and sounds great in any situation.

TV Jones Classic pickups deliver timeless Gretsch tone

When you want that classic '50s-era Gretsch tone, you need real TV Jones humbuckers. That's why Gretsch gave their G6196T-59GE Vintage Select Country Club a pair of TV Classic pickups. Designed to sound just like the humbuckers found in '50s and '60s Gretsch guitars, these pickups give your guitar a bright and open sound that's jangly on your highs with the kind of bite you'd normally associate with single-coil pickups. It's the perfect sound for rock, rockabilly, blues, country, and more.

Three volume controls + one tone switch = exceptional sonic flexibility

It's easy to stereotype the Gretsch G6196T-59GE Vintage Select Country Club until you play it, and then you realize you can pull off a lot of tonal tricks with it. With a volume control for each pickup, you can create your perfect balance between warmth, bite, and brilliance when both pickups are engaged. The 3-way tone selector switch lets you fine-tune your sound once you have the pickups dialed in. And thanks to the master volume control, you can take your tube amp from clean to growling without changing the balance between your pickups. Of course, you'll get sweet tone from the neck and bridge pickups individually, but there's a lot of territory to cover when you combine them.

Bigsby tailpiece yields smooth vibrato action

Nothing beats the character and vintage vibe that a real Bigsby-style tailpiece adds to the Gretsch G6196T-59GE Vintage Select Country Club. Based on the original design created by Paul A. Bigsby, this Bigsby Licensed tailpiece requires next to no effort to use, making it particularly easy to pull off slow, subtle, and extended bends.

Gretsch G6196T-59GE Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Arched maple body delivers a deliciously snappy, open tone
  • TV Jones Classic pickups yield sweet vintage character
  • Highly playable standard U-shaped maple neck with ebony fingerboard
  • 3 volume controls and a 3-way tone selector switch create exceptional sonic flexibility
  • Bigsby tailpiece provides smooth vibrato action
The Gretsch G6196T-59GE is the crown jewel of hollowbody electric guitars!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Singlecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Maple
Top Material Maple
Color Cadillac Green
Body Finish Gloss Nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Standard "U" profile
Radius 12"
Scale Length 25.5"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Offset pearloid thumbnails
Number of Frets 22, medium jumbo
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Space control pinned bridge with Bigsby B6GVT tailpiece
Tuners Grover Imperial gold tuners
Neck Pickup TV Jones Classic humbucker
Bridge Pickup TV Jones Classic humbucker
Controls 2 x independent volume controls, 1 x master volume, 3-way toggle pickup switch, 3-way tone switch
Strings 11-49
Case Included Deluxe hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 2401106846

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Its a Gretsch not a Strat.

The review associated with this Gretsch G6196T-59GE talks about how great Strats are. I love Strats too but I am trying to decide on which Gretsch hollow body to buy.
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