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Gretsch Custom Shop Masterbuilt Stephen Stern G6122CS DC 1962 Country Gentleman NOS Light Walnut Stain

SKU 00GCS019
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Gretsch Custom Shop Masterbuilt Stephen Stern G6122CS DC 1962 Country Gentleman Custom Color

The Gretsch Custom Shop is where the time-honored legacy reaches its creative apex. No instruments epitomize the extraordinary expertise and attention to detail of Gretsch’s most trusted hands like Custom Shop instruments. From modern versions of legendary Gretsch instruments to artist tribute models and specially requested one-off guitars, the Gretsch Custom Shop takes “That Great Gretsch Sound” to an entirely new plane, but also preserves and perfects it.

Truetone Music is proud to have a long and close relationship with Gretsch, especially with the Custom Shop.  Every year, we make a pilgrimage there to sit down with Masterbuilder Stephen Stern and his team to cook up a batch of Custom Shop guitars.  Sometimes we go for vintage-styled recreations, sometimes we go for modernized tweaks.  Sometimes it's a classic color, sometimes it's a totally new color or even reclaimed wood.  Either way, they always knock it out of the park!

This G122CS 1962 Country Gentleman is a result of this partnership.  A recreation of a legendary guitar, this is a new take on one of the most well-known Gretsch models.  And, of course, it was perfected by Stephen Stern.  Just as it was made in 1962, it's semi-solid with simulated F-holes, finished in Walnut Stain.  However, we asked Mr. Stern to do a little something different with the color, to make it a bit more unique.  He suggested doing a light stain, as opposed to the darker stain typically seen on a Country Gentleman.  Where this one really stands out is the curly maple wood, hand-selected to be the most expressive wood grain you can imagine on a guitar like this.  It came out great - as expected - but once it arrived, we realized how cool and special it was!  This is the only Country Gentleman in existence like this.

The chambered body reduces the weight, making it quite comfortable to play for hours - this one comes in at 7.8 lbs, quite light for a guitar like this.  We chose the NOS finish package - there is not aging or relic work on this one.  With its authentic nitrocellulose lacquer finish, this guitar has a pure vintage vibe.  The maple neck is a very easy to play "C" neck shape (standard on this model).  It's topped with a beautiful dark ebony fretboard, completed by mother of pearl thumbnail inlays.  The headstock has the classic Gretsch logo, and is completed with the metal plate pronouncing it be "The Chet Atkins Country Gentleman".  It's hard to get more "classic Gretsch" than this!

At Stern's suggestion, we went with TV Jones Classic for the pickups, and also the Tru Arc bridge, which is radiused to match the fretboard of the guitar.  This enhances playability (and allows for lower action, if you're a close-to-the-frets kind of picker), as well as a slight improvement to intonation. The Tru-Arc has a more pronounced radius than the standard Gretsch bridge. It's also heavier, which increases tone and sustain.

For those that know, a Gretsch Masterbuilt instrument by Stephen Stern cannot be beat.  This one in particular is something to behold, and we've never seen one quite like it.  Come to Truetone Music to experience it in person, or make it yours right here.

  • PART #  9252003594
  • SERIAL # UC22052304
  • WEIGHT: 7.8 lbs
  • BASE MODEL:  Country Gentleman
  • COLOR:  Custom Light Walnut Stain with Black Headcap
  • TUNERS:  Grover Imperials
  • NECK PICKUP:   TV Jones Classics with PAT #'s
  • BRIDGE PICKUP:  TV Jones Classics with PAT #'s
  • NECK SHAPE:  Standard C
  • NUT:  Bone
  • WIRING:  Master Vol, Neck Vol, Bridge Vol, P/U Selector Switch and Tone Control
  • NECK BINDING:  White Nitro
  • FRETS:  Vintage
  • FRETBOARD INLAY STYLE:  Half Moon Thumbnail
  • NECK WOOD:  Quartersawn Maple
  • TRUSS ADJUST:  Headstock
  • PICKGUARD:  Gold with Black Gretsch Logo
  • KNOBS:  "G" Arrow
  • BRIDGE:  Tru-Arc
  • TAILPIECE:  Bigsby
  • TOP:   Curly Maple Ply
  • BACK:  Curly Maple Ply
  • SIDES:   Curly Maple Solid
  • BRACING: Trestle
  • HARDWARE:  Gold
  • HEADSTOCK LOGO:  Horizontal Gretsch Logo/ Plus Model Nameplate
  • HEADSTOCK LOGO:  Mother of Pearl
  • ADDITIONAL NOTES:  Double Mutes; Fake Black "F" Holes