Gretsch Guitars was founded in 1883 when a young German immigrant, Friedrich Gretsch, opened a music instrument shop in Brooklyn, N.Y. The company originally built banjos, tambourines, and drums before launching into the luthier craft. Gretsch's first models were acoustic archtop guitars aimed at jazz musicians and flattop guitars for country-western performers.
The first Gretsch electric guitar hit the market in the mid 1950s—marking the start of the golden years with their iconic 6120 and White Falcon models. When country guitar virtuoso Chet Atkins chose to join Gretsch Guitars as an endorser, the company began competing with better-known guitar makers. Thousands of the 6120 Chet Atkins guitar model were sold, including one to rocker Duane Eddy. The Country Gentleman and a budget-friendly version, the Tennessean, were other popular Chet Atkins guitar models. Read More>