1960 Country Gent Body Depth? Anyone have one?

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by aticus, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. aticus

    aticus Electromatic

    44
    Mar 16, 2014
    Europe
    Hi folks!

    years saving money and finally Im about to buy A 1960 country Gent
    Id like to know which is the exact body Depth.........Not fan of the 6120 depth but I liked the thinner line on the 89 country classic I I had in the past
    Anyone here have one? Perhaps AFIRE....?

    Also don’t know the exact neck profile...


    Thanks very much!!
     
  2. rob batz

    rob batz Synchromatic

    989
    Apr 17, 2014
    Bristol ct.
    I thought they were thinner then 6120’s
     
  3. vyndance

    vyndance Gretschie

    Age:
    65
    388
    Dec 12, 2014
    Bear Valley Springs, CA
    A 62 is 2 inches on the edge. Is there a difference on the 1960?
     
  4. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Yes, a '60 is a single cut.
     
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  5. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    I'm pretty certain it's 2.25".
     
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  6. aticus

    aticus Electromatic

    44
    Mar 16, 2014
    Europe
    Thanks folks
    Symcro, so it’s the same body thickness as my 6118players Edition LIV?
    It’s a fantastic guitar but I prefer vintage!
     
  7. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

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    49
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I'm with Synchro ^.
     
  8. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Gents were 2.25" deep from their introduction '57 through '60. In '61, they thinned to 2" deep. I believe that the double cutaways starting in '62 were just a hair thinner yet.
     
  9. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    It would be the same depth.

    I have a G6122-1959, basically a reissue of a ‘59 Gent. It’s a 17” guitar with a 2.25” depth. I find it comfortable, as 17” guitars go.
     
  10. aticus

    aticus Electromatic

    44
    Mar 16, 2014
    Europe
    Yeh I remember you had that guitar...
    And yeah... the 17” gretsches I find them very very comfortable. I’m almost 1.90cm tall and find those big bodys awesome!
    Not the falcon and the thick models
     
  11. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    The Gibson L-5 is the standard by which many people judge an archtop. It is a wonderful instrument. As the electric guitar are progressed, the deep body of an L-5 lost some of its popularity. The Byrdland was essentially an L-5 with a 2.25” deep body and a short scale. The Country Club was the mid-fifties iteration of Gretsch’s answer to the L-5 CES. Then came the first Gents, which were thick, then the ‘59 Gent which adopted the 2.25” depth. It was a perfect match for Chet’s requirements, which include being comfortable as a standing instrument. IMO, it’s a perfect compromise.
     
  12. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    "I'm almost 1.90cm tall" - !!!:):cool::cool::eek:
     
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  13. ToneM1

    ToneM1 Gretschie

    107
    Mar 10, 2009
    Northern L.A. County
    My 1960 is 2.25" depth with the wonderful "lite" Tressel Bracing that lets it ring so nicely.
     
  14. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    It is an amazing sound, isn’t it. I always wondered how Chet Atkins got his sound, and now I know.
     
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