The 1962 Tennessee Rose is a radically different instrument from its late fifties, early sixties predecessors. This guitar is a re-creation of the early sixties Electrotone hollow-body guitar with a single, not double, cutaway body. The Tennessee Rose (known as the Tennessean in the sixties) was the most basic of Gretsch's sixties hollow body line up with the Country Gentleman and Nashville.
The 1962 Tennessee Rose reissue is has a distinctive dark cherry red, hand-polished finish. The guitar's maple laminate body is 16" wide and 2" deep with simulated f-hole top. Gretsch has also brought back the original sixties vintage HiLo'Tron pickups. The Hilo'Tron's are single coiled pickups that bring "Brilliant highs" and "Mellow lows" giving an extra lively response to this wonderful Tennessean sound. Other hardware includes chrome-plated, solid brass control knobs, Gretsch Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, pickup selector and tone variance switches, master volume and two individual pickup volume controls. The 25 1/2" scale neck, with black pearl inlaid headstock, is laminated rock maple with ebony-stained rosewood fingerboard, and neoclassic inlays.
The late George Harrison of The Beatles single-handedly put Gretsch guitars on the rock'n' roll map. Thanks to his incredible visibility, every guitar George touched, including the Chet Atkins' Tennessean, became the instrument other guitarists had to have. Because Harrison made Gretsch guitars an integral part of the Beatles "sound", Gretsch owes a huge amount of gratitude to Harrison. The Gretsch name will forever be linked to his legacies and talent.