When sales rep Jimmie Webster approached Chet Atkins in Nashville in 1954 and tried to persuade him to play a Gretsch guitar, he was initially tunred down. It was only when this up-and-coming superstar was offered a chance to design his own signature model that he jumped at the chance to become a Gretsch artist. The result of this long-standing partnership? An entire line-up of custom-designed Gretsch Chet Atkins guitars. From the budget-friendly Tennessean electric through to the high-end Country Gentleman, every Gretsch guitar that bears the name Chet Atkins embodies the same smooth, country-inspired sound that made him one of this century's most popular musicians.
So which Chet Atkins model is going to best showcase your talent? While the choice will ultimately come down to your personal preference, your best bet is to start your search by checking out Gretsch's top-rated Chet Atkins guitars. With the western look of the original Chet Atkins models of the mid-1950s, the G6121-1955 Solid Body Electric Guitar is made for the stage. Featuring a chambered mahogany body with leather trim, a Bigsby B3GBVN vibrato tailpiece and a polished aluminum compensated Bigsby bridge, this maple-topped beauty is perfect for country artists and blues musicians alike.
For more experienced musicians who want an instrument that's really special, there's the G6122-12 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 12-String Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar. Offering the jangly sound of the classic Country Gentleman models of the '60s, this modernized 12-string is outfitted with dual High Sensitive FilterTron pickups, a three-position pickup switch and an Adjusto-matic pinned ebony bridge. Simply put, the G6122-12 is ideal for any stage-ready guitarist who wants the bright and cutting guitar tone that only a 12-string can provide.
As long as you're matching your new Chet Atkins guitar to your playing style, you can't go wrong with any of the instruments in Gretsch's impressive catalog. After all, we're talking about a collaboration between to two legendary names in music. Go ahead and give one a shot - no doubt, you'll be turning out Chet Atkins-inspired sound faster than you can get through the first few notes of Yakety Axe.
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