In late 1963, when George Harrison's original 1962 Gretsch Country Gent needed repairs, he was given a 1963 model like the one in our collection. It was identical to his first Gent except there was a lot less figuring in the wood and the mutes were "flip ups" rather than "dial ups". This is the model that Harrison chose to play on the landmark Ed Sullivan Show during the Beatles first US visit in February 1964. Many enthusiasts refer to this model as "The Ed Sullivan Gent!"
The 1963 Gent features a double cutaway, deep dark brown stain, two Gretsch Filtertron pickups, dual rocker action flip up mutes, a padded back, gold plating on all metal parts, and Grover Imperial tuners. It is also one of the Gretsch models that was endorsed by Country guitar legend Chet Atkins, who was a hero of Harrison's.
You may notice that the guitar strap on our Gent is black but the shoulder pad is brown. That's the way Harrison happened to have his in 1964. Somehow the shoulder pads for his Gent and 1962 Gibson J160E got mixed up.62_Gent.html62_Gent.html62_J160E.htmlshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2
George Harrison with his 1963 Gretsch Country Gentleman, in action on the Ed Sullivan Show in early 1964. This is THE Ed Sullivan Gent. Harrison used it from late 1963 to late 1965.
Details are a bit sketchy but rumors have it that Harrison gave a Country Gentleman to Ringo Starr as a gift. However, as of this writing, there is no definitive proof as to whether or not that guitar is indeed THE Sullivan Gent. is not endorsed or affiliated with The Beatles or Apple Corps. Ltd.

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1963 Gretsch PX6122 “Chet Atkins” Country Gentleman


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