A guitar much like the company’s Duo Jet, with no sound holes and a body similar in size (and shape) to a Gibson Les Paul, it was, in fact, a instrument.
Or maybe you just want to talk with other Gretsch guitar nuts or have a question for the Gretsch-perts? But whether it’s a pre-World War II Martin flat top, a Gibson Les Paul from the 1950s, or a Fender Stratocaster like the one Jimi Hendrix used to play, there’s an instrument for every type of guitar collector. The biggest name in this category is unquestionably C. For example, a 15 is considered a basic model, with increasing levels of detailing and finishing in models numbered 16, 17, 18, 21, 28, 35, 42, and 45.Thus a Martin D-18, one of Martin’s best sellers, is a big, boomy Dreadnought (that’s the "D") with enough extra touches to make it feel special, but not so many that you’d be reluctant to play it by a campfire.During the past 20 years, baby boomers looking to reclaim their lost, garage-band youth have contributed to the surge in vintage guitar collecting.As you’d expect, prices for the best examples have risen accordingly. Style designations for its flat top guitars have remained fairly consistent since the 1850s.Chet Atkins was the most important endorser ever employed by the Gretsch company.When introduced in the 1950s, models bearing his name were admired and played by many artists including Hank Cochran and Duane Eddy, both of whom helped drive their popularity.And while The Beatles played a huge role in driving the sales of many instruments, George Harrison and John Lennon were influenced to play Gretsch guitars because they admired Atkins.In 1954, Gretsch introduced the hollowbody Chet Atkins 6120, followed by the “Chet Atkins solidbody” in ’55.Regardless, these guitars are widely thought to be superior to guitars built at the new Stephenville factory which opened in '96.Around the time of the move PRS eliminated most of the hand-crafting in favor of CNC machines.