This piece is from 1959 and features a natural finished spruce top, figured maple back and sides, and a bigsby tremolo bridge. It also has a bound rosewood fretboard and a zero fret, a feature that would eventually become standard in 1960. This guitar is in good condition, though it does show signs of age and use, most notably some binding damage and repair around the neck. Repairs were made by our in-house luthier to the bass-side neck binding, and there are missing bits around the zero fret. There is also a good deal of checking on the body finish and some cracking on the bass side bout’s binding. Also of note is some pick-scratching near the neck pick-up from years of use. All that aside, this guitar is a heck of a player with a low, fast action and a great sound from the pick-ups. This guitar is equally at home in jazz as it is in fingerstyle country picking; a versatile player’s piece for any fan of vintage vibes. Ships in its original hard-shell case.
A Brief History from our Tech Writer
Boasting an early roster of some of the State’s finest pickers, Gretsch provided a classy fusion of jazz box and country twang that was perfect for the rockabilly guitarists of the ‘50s. Legendary guitarists like Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy, and of course, Chet Atkins all produced a speed infused brand of country pickin’ on Gretsch guitars like this one. The Country Club certainly leaned heavily toward the jazz box side of things, with a 17” semi-hollow body with f-holes. Going by the moniker “Electro” before its rebrand in 1954, the Country Club originally had DeArmond pick-ups before getting a pair of PAF Filtertrons in 1958. The finishes included sunburst, natural, and “Cadillac Green”. Bigsby tremolo systems were available on request. The original run of the model was discontinued in 1981, but it has since been reissued.
Weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz.
Nut Width: 1 3/4”
7/10 (very good condition) 1959 Made in the USA
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