Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Overview and Best Prices

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  • From Gretsch's 2016 Professional Collection series
  • Made in Japan
  • 12 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • 3-Ply Laminated Maple top
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 3 volume and 0 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Gretsch G-Cutout Tailpiece bridge
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Vintage frets
  • Grover Die-Cast tuners
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 80
Sound 74
Build quality 75
Value for money 66
Overall Score 76
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Price Overview

Its average competitor's price is $2800, which means that the Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman is within the average price asked for this kind of guitar. This takes into account all instruments of the same category in our database with 12 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Japan.

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Playability

The Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman meets 4 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's not bad for beginners, but it could be better. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

New Player Friendliness

Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman's construction is balanced for most hand sizes.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman's 24.6" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Scale Length Comparison
Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is similar to some of the Les Paul guitars made in the 50s, and it's slightly shorter than modern Les Pauls (24.75''). Short scales like these make the tone sound more bassy. It also makes the frets closer to each other, and bending is easier due to the lower tension of the strings. However, it comes at the cost of not letting you set the action of the strings as low without hearing fret buzz because the low tension will make the strings looser.

Remember that you can still try a thicker string gauge to increase the tension to let you lower the action.

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Neck Profile

Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Neck Profile
Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman's neck thickness is approximately 0.83'' (21.1mm) at the first fret, and 0.97'' (24.6mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Gretsch website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a U type neck. This shape usually has more 'shoulders' than a C neck. It's great for guitarists who love the feel of a vintage neck. Most of them are thick, which makes it better for people with big hands. However, some of them can be thin like a C neck but with more mass to the sides for a better grip.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman has a 12" fingerboard radius.

Here's an image comparing this fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman's fretboard radius compared to others

This is the same radius that Gibson uses in most of their guitars. When compare to the other popular radius of Fender Stratocasters, you can see that it's a lot flatter. Guitars with this radius are usually made to bring a good balance between single-note and chord playing.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman has the same radius across the board.

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Nut Width

Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Nut Width
Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Nut Width

The Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman has a nut width of 42.9mm (1.688''). This is considered a narrow width for a 12-string guitar. This means that this guitar will have a narrower string separation at the nut, which will affect your fretting hand.

If you are a player with big hands, you might find it difficult to play chords without muting strings. However, this is good for players who have smaller hands, as it will allow them to reach each string more easily at the nut.

Frets

The Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Fret Size Comparison
Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman's frets are Vintage size. This is one of the shortest fret sizes you can find. Most modern guitar players prefer taller frets because it's easier to bend and press down the strings. However, some people love the feeling of a small fret that lets them feel the fretboard while playing. We recommend newbies choose a taller size for an easier experience.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 90
Chord Playability 90
Solo Playability 60
Playability 80

Tone

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar or bass. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Body, Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

Maple Body and Neck: This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

Ebony Fretboard: This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.

Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Gretsch. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a rounder sound and a moderade level of output.

The Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

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22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Bridge Pickup
Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Bigsby Tremolo Bridge
Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Bridge Pickup
Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Bigsby Tremolo Bridge
Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Bridge Pickup
Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Bigsby Tremolo Bridge
Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Bridge Pickup
Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Bigsby Tremolo Bridge
Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Bridge Pickup
Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Neck Pickup

Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, players tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

It has a Multi-Voicing option. This means the pickups can change their output, tone, or sound. Piezo, Fishman and similar are considered multi-voicing pickups.

Diagram

Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman's switch options

What music genre is it good for?

As a 12 strings, Hollowbody guitar with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Heavy Metal or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this particular one.

Sound Score

Pickups 90
Sustain 75
Versatility 61
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 74

Build Quality

Country of Origin

Knowing where the instrument is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive instruments are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman is made in Japan. You should expect a high-quality guitar with excellent quality control. It can be compared to guitars made in the US, which is why they're also expensive.

Bridge

Gretsch G-Cutout Tailpiece: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure it stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman has a Bone nut. This material is one of the highest quality you can get. It provides excellent sustain and tune stability if cut well. The only disadvantage is that it's an organic material, so it's not consistent. Two different bone nuts, even if made from the same bone, will probably sound slightly different. However, bear in mind that this is only relevant when playing open strings.

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Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Set neck joint. This type of neck joint consists of using different pieces of wood for the neck and the body of the guitar. Both pieces are then glued together. This is more expensive to make than a bolt-on neck, but it's cheaper than a neck-through guitar. Some people believe that this gives more sustain than a bolt-on neck due to both pieces having a 'better connection' than with bolts. Still, it's something difficult to prove.

However, this type of neck joint does have the disadvantage of not allowing you to easily swap the neck for another. This makes this type of neck joint less mod-friendly.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 70
Features 60
Quality Control 95
Build Quality 75

All Specs

Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
General
Brand: Gretsch
Year: 2016
Configuration: HH
Strings: 12
Made in: Japan
Series: Professional Collection
Colors: Brown
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: 3-Ply Laminated Maple
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Laminated Maple
Bridge: Gretsch G-Cutout Tailpiece
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Grover Die-Cast
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: Maple
Decoration: Pearloid Neo-Classic Thumbnail
Scale Size: 24.6"
Shape: Standard U
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.83'' (21.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.97'' (24.6mm)
Frets: 22 Vintage
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Speed
Pickup Mods: Multi-Voicing
Volume Controls: 3
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic (Humbucker / Passive)