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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Gretsch G6196T Cadillac Green

Where to begin on this stellar piece of equipment? I've owned quite a number of guitars over the years, custom shop Schecters, Shur, Gibson Art Historics, and the fit and finish of the Gretsch is up there was the best of them. This is by no means a cheap guitar, but in the boutique world, and the world of custom shop Gibsons' it's not quite in the 5-6k range you'll often see attached to guitars of this detail. The nut has a little bit of binding on the D string, but I think this will be resolved just from a bit of normal use, to be expected in my experience on most new guitars, I'd rather tham under file the nut a hair than make it to big. You can find little tiny imperfections in the binding, finish or spray on any guitar, but this one is right up there with the best I've seen in attentiveness to detail and a clean build. Even the bracing on the insides seems to be cut fairly cleanly. The ebony fretboard and fretwork in general are excellent, extremely smooth, frets appeared to be glued in like they should be, and there are no rough edges or anything that is not level. I have yet to find a high or low spot in the fretwork and I also have not found any dead spots, everything seems fairly lively. I'm not sure how many pieces the neck is, but my guess based upon it's stiffness is that it may be a 2 or 3 piece neck under the paint, but that's only a guess. I haven't been able to find any information as to what frets Gretsch uses, I'm hoping they are Jescar or something of similar quality because I really don't want to refret this thing anytime soon. The neck, which has to be one of my favorite features of this guitar, it's called a Neo-Classical, and I really love the width, length, and radius, I believe it's a 12, it really feels great and leaves plenty of room for maneuvering and playing fluidly. Bends aren't effortless if you stick to the stock gauge of 11's but they are more smooth than other guitars that I run the same gauge on. 25.5" scale is only available on a handful of guitars, and I've got to say it really brings out the low end and snappyness of the bottom end. You get bigger bell like tones rather than muddy flappy sounds you'll find on a 24.75 or traditional 24.6 Gretsch smaller scales. The pickups and tonal balance of the instrument are very much, so much so that I actually have to add treble back into the EQ of many of the amps I've tried it through, for an all maple guitar it's not nearly as bright as you might think. That doesn't mean it's dark, it's just very clear, warm and balanced, and has a very punchy sound to it, it does the AC/DC thing in spades and so far I haven't had any feedback issues, admittedly I've only cranked it with very high gain at room volume levels, but other hollow bodies I have start screaming just from that. I think the tressle bracing, laminated top and back, as well as the bigsby really help keep the guitar in check so you don't lose control. The 2 vol, 1 mas, 3 way tone switch is great, as it simply offers a lot of very usable versatility, the up position on the tone switch goes instantly to either a really raunchy distorted slide blues sound, or to a really dark warm jazz sound on a clean channel. The bridge and bigsby are something of a conundrum, it's extremely cool, very retro, and the idea that you can switch the string spacing to nearly anything is very unique. The only downside to it is when restringing, you really need to put masking tape behind the space control bridge wheels to prevent them from spinning and altering your setup. They really aren't on there snugly, which makes sense because they should be adjustable, so it's a minor inconvenience. The pinned bridge is a brilliant idea, because honestly having to re-intonate every time you restring is simply annoying, this keeps it consistent, oh and by the way the intonation is impressive! My ear is extremely picky and while it's not perfect (no guitar is aside from those crazy crooked frets) it's very good, even up in the higher registers. Aside from that, there is flex in the bridge itself when you really get into the bigsby, but from my understanding this is the norm for any non-roller style bridge. The only complaint I have, and I'm not sure it's much of one towards Gretsch as it is towards Grover as these are their Imperial Line, is that the tuners seem to not be the most precise, I supposed I'm more used to the newer gear ratios that move a bit slower, where as these kind of move in bigger spans. I'm sure I'll learn with that over time though, they don't seem to slip at all and have a nice feel to them! This guitar is great for a wide variety of styles, obviously it will do Chet, Setzer, and all the associated Gretsch sounds in spades, but don't be afraid to put it under some gain, play some Hendrix style lines on it or use it for blues, it really is pretty amazing. Much more versatile than I expected, and the bridge is a lot more usable than I anticipated, very balanced and clear while not getting harsh! Over all years down the road I think this ones going to be sought after. Gretsch is putting out some stellar guitars right now and I hope they keep at it!
Music background: Studio Musician, Guitar Instructor, Producer, Songwriter

Cadillac of Gretsches!

I know the White Falcon is traditionally considered the top of the line Gretsch, but this guitar is right up there with it, as far as I'm concerned. A couple of things set this guitar apart from the flagship 6120 model and most other Gretsch guitars. First, it has a wider body...17" instead of 16"...seems huge, at first, but you'll get used to it. Second, the scale length is longer...25.5" instead of 24.75". The strings are a bit stiffer and the frets a bit further apart, but the trade off is that this guitar sounds huge. There is a low end response that isn't there on most filtertron-equipped guitars. The sound is classic Gretsch...Brian Setzer, Beatles, Chet, it's all there. TV Jones is the man, when it comes to Gretsch pickups. And yes, it is gorgeous.
Music background: Gigging musician

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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