1963 Gretsch PX6119 “Chet Atkins” Tennessean

Towards the end of 1963, George Harrison seemed to have found the country twang he had been searching for when he acquired his beautiful Gretsch “Chet Atkins” signature Tennessean.
Before long, Harrison’s “Tenny” would edge out his 1963 Gretsch Country Gentleman (the one with the flip-up mutes) as his favored Gretsch.
Harrison’s new guitar was finished in a striking deep maroon-burgundy stain. It featured a single-cutaway body, painted f-holes and two single coil pickups (known as HiLoTrons). Photographic analysis reveals a 1963 serial number stamped into the top edge of the Headstock.
This 1963 Tennessean would be featured on numerous classic Beatles recordings and live appearances, most notably their landmark 1965 She Stadium concert. Movie fans would also see it during the opening sequence of their film “Help!”
After 1965, the Tenny was out of the public eye until it was rumored to have made an appearance during the Sgt. Pepper sessions. Not long afterwards, this guitar seems to have vanished, most likely to have been stolen from a storage closet at Abbey Road Studios.
The 1963 Gretsch “Chet Atkins” Tennessean featured in our collection is identical to Harrison’s Tenny in every detail.63_gent.html63_gent.htmlshapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1

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George Harrison with his 1963 Gretsch “Chet Atkins” Tennessean.

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