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Sadly, such transparent attempts ain’t fooling anyone.
Nothing so progressive or knowing from the mag that brings us a monthly ‘girl in pearls’.
Instead we have a list worthy of Jane Austen, Jilly Cooper and the Stepford Wives, rolled into one.
In the late ’40s, Gretsch began employing the De Armond Dynasonic single-coil in its electric guitars.
Atkins thought its magnets were too strong and negatively affected the tone of the guitar.
Recently, an early example was discovered – the earliest, in fact – which reflects the radical direction Atkins took with the Country Gent and the bold departure from his original namesake model.
First and foremost on Atkins’ complaint list for the 6120 Hollowbody was the pickup technology.
The Gretsch Country Gentleman 6122 was the third of four Chet Atkins signature guitar models created for the legendary guitarist in the ’50s.
The little-known truth is it was also a response to all the things Atkins did not like about the first model Gretsch conjured for him – the 6120 Hollowbody.
So it was that the inaugural batch of Country Gentleman model 6122 was produced in the fall of 1957, intended for the ’58 sales year.
This initial group of 50 consisted of serial numbers 26400-26449, and was one of only two batches made with the ’58 model-year feature package, making them infrequently encountered guitars.
The phrase ‘tongue in cheek’ is, as a similarly appalled Twitter friend pointed out, ‘the great trolling get-out clause’. Apparently, ladies, we should all be granting men the honour of doing certain ‘manly’ tasks, even though we know we can nail them ourselves.