gretsch-6119-tennessee-roseThe Tennessee Rose features a 16″ laminated maple body, rock maple neck, ebony Neoclassical fingerboard, twin “High-Sensitive” Filtertron™ pickups, “tone-pot” circuitry, Gretsch by Bigsby® vibrato tailpiece, and is finished in a stunning deep cherry stain.

The body of the Tenessee Rose is laminated maple, it has a single cut-away design featuring f-holes. The neck of the guitar features a Rosewood ebony-stained bound fingerboard, a 25-1/2″ scale length with a pearl inlaid headstock. This Gretsch has two Filtertron pickups a tone control, pickup selector switch and a volume control for each pickup.

The guitar has been beautifully manufactured featuring Chrome parts, Deluxe machine heads, an adjustable bridge and authentic Bigsby Tremolo unit.

For those new to a Gretsch, well Don’t expect Strat or Les Paul sounds from the Tennessee Rose : however it simply produces that well known Gretsch sound beautifully. Mellow, smooth and rich – perfect for Jazz, great for country

The Filtertrons pickups produce a warm clear sound. The guitar is fairly quiet and the tone has just enough twang and jangle to emote a country sound, but enough mellowness to delve into Chet-land when desired.

The Tennessee Rose has a medium neck and fairly comfortable to play – Gretsch now build their guitars in Japan and over the years there have been some minor quality issues for example strap locks working loose, noisy pickup selector switches. Bigsby tremolo’s as ever are also not for dive bombing whammy enthusiasts – better suited to gentle waggling. However all these are minor complaints and don’t alter the impression of great instrument.

Gretsch have been played by a number of musicians over the years from George Harrison to Chet Atkins and this with their unique history add to the cost, Gretsch guitars do have some cheaper competition (Ibanez hollowbodies) however for a slice of classic tone they’re worth it – so why not give it a go!

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